I couldn't really care less for leverage etc, I just ride my bike. I've not had one I didn't like yet, bfe was a bit stiff on big long days, but would I have picked that up on a test ride? Who knows. And as I said, no test rides for cotic near me.
Has anyones YT Capra arrived?
I bought all my bikes without test riding them. I know what size I ride, the top tube length I want so I just buy the size I need.
I'd have no hesitation buying a bike off the internet from Canyon or YT.
You can generally tell from reviews as to whther a bike has the traits you find appealing or not, regardless of whether that bike was a 10 out of 10 or 3 out of 10.
I have no issue buying without a test ride, but ill do a lot of research into professional reviews and amatuer reviews first in order to decide.
Also I dont understand why just because ive spent my hard earned cash on something that ill automatically think its ace. If I buy something and it doesnt live up to expectations ill say so, eg audi s3, spent £26k on it, after 6 months ownership was bored stupid by it, did not live up to my expectations, told anyone that would listen that fact.
michaelcycle - Member
I'm amazed that anyone would buy a bike without spending at least half a day riding it, let alone take a guess at sizing.
Realistically that's rarely possible. So what you're effectively doing there is slashing your choice. Maybe you end up making an informed decision on the best of the limited pool you got to testride, but the odds of that being the best out of the far larger number of bikes that you didn't are slim.
Fail by michaelcycle for not using the words "kinematics".
A half-day test ride will tell you very little. I initially loved my SC Nomad, then got increasingly tired of the bottom link compressing in the granny ring (2 weeks grinding the granny at 12,000ft in the rockies didnt help), grew to hate it and sold it within 6 months. Bought my Alpine mail order having never having seen one, 3 years later its a keeper. Its got better and better as I tweaked the CCDB, which takes more than half a day.
Bought a Lapierre road bike as last-years-model 45% off from CRC without having sat on one, it is an absolute joy to ride and has saved me a fortune not buying my "dream" Cervelo (which actually has a very similar geometry).
Similarly you regularly read of DW-link bike owners (eg Turner, Ibis Mojo) taking a long time to get the rear shock dialled in and bond with the bike.
If youve an idea of dimensions and angles that will suit you, a half day rest ride is redundant.
I ordered my Capra after trying to buy a Saracen Ariel.
In about March I decided I wanted to test and buy a Ariel 152. Nope - all sold out and none arriving till about this time of year.
OK I thought, there is still the Ariel 151 which doesn't really have the setup I would most like but it will be good enough. I also save £700 in the bargain. But then the Saracen Ariel does have a longer than I am used to top tube so I better try a medium frame for sizing...
I phoned 2 bike shops in Edinburgh to see if they could get one in for me. Neither would without taking a 10% non-refundable deposit - That's £270 btw.
At that point I thought Capra. I was familiar with the frame numbers and I liked the components that it came with, so I took the risk. Turns out that my judgement on sizing was spot on so far as I can tell.
So what's the score with the swingarm and gear hanger? I've only heard bits n bob.
Mine should be here within 3 weeks. Ordered a large and im 179 cm.
There was an issue that when running with a SRAM X01 11speed deraileur it was putting more stress than intended on the mech hanger, and could cause some damage to the seat stay.
YT have now redesigned the seat stays (and I think the mech hanger itself as well), so that this will no longer happen.
I'm still waiting on my Capra but have just put my Giant Trance up for sale in preparation for the Capra's arrival.
I've ordered the Capra Pro version. I really hope it's worth it as I will be selling my Canyon Strive Al 9.0. And tbh I still love it. Was sucked in by the reviews and the way it looks.
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