Readers’ Rides: Tom’s Rå .410

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  • Readers’ Rides: Tom’s Rå .410
  • Premier Icon Stu S
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    Stunning bike. I bet it’s a hoot to ride.

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    Thanks! Been playing with it this weekend, handling is super sharp. Short chainstays FTW…

    A corrections though, seems I was a little to broad with my descriptions of the steel, it’s actually;

    853 down tube and BB
    631 head tube
    725 chainstays
    T45 everything else.

    Premier Icon brakestoomuch
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    Nice, very nice. The stanchion guards make it look ready to take on anything. The only issue is the colour; it’s so nice, I’d have to clean the bike after every ride, and I can’t have that.

    Premier Icon Kayak23
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    Beautiful.
    Looks so clean and the lack of shifter and dropper cables really helps that.

    Premier Icon Calamity James
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    LOVE that. Stunning looking and component choices are perfect (I started looking into some of them but quickly stopped once I realised it would end in divorce!). Enjoy.

    Premier Icon Paul
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    Mmmmm shiny. 😎

    I really want one of those 5dev Ti stems, just… because.

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    (I started looking into some of them but quickly stopped once I realised it would end in divorce!)

    I should point out that MrsTH has been extremely patient, understanding, and generally wonderful (in all aspects, but specifically…) throughout my bike shopping whims and fancies.

    Premier Icon binners
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    I’ve said it before mate, but that is virtually pornographic! Its a beautiful thing – that frame is a work of art – but it looks like it goes as good as it looks

    Premier Icon desperatebicycle
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    She’s a perty thing indeed. Myself, I don’t like the look of upside down forks, but who cares, I could never afford any anyway 😀

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    That red… 😍

    Premier Icon big_scot_nanny
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    Absolutely stunning. Fuck me. Amazing. #prayfor200mm+AXSdroppers

    Saw a fella on a custom steel full sus with intend forks at LAc Blanc a few years ago, just as I was driving out the car park. I screeched on the brakes and jumped out so I could go have a look.

    Intend forks in the flesh are just out of this planet gorgeous. I would risk the damage and lose the bash guards, IMHO it would look utterly perfect without.

    (bit like mudguards, you know they do a great job, but, you know, meh!)

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    Thanks all!

    I would risk the damage and lose the bash guards, IMHO it would look utterly perfect without.

    Whilst they do provide function, they’re also an aesthetic choice, the exposed stanchions are a kind of champagne colour, which don’t really match with anything else. Black fits much better.

    Premier Icon pierre07
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    Is the bike confortable ? (for a hardtail)I

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    My last hardtail was a 2013 alloy 26” SC chameleon, with 2.25” tyres, so it’s definitely more comfy/springy than that. I had a quick go on a stif squatch recently, and comfort wise it’s pretty similar (that surprised me with how compliant it was). 29×2.6 tyres will play a big part though.

    Edit, and before the SC, I had this, seemingly prophetic build…

    The fork is significantly improved…

    Premier Icon ehwhome
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    stunning looking bike, it has that it looks right look….what is it about steel hardtails just lovley to look at

    Premier Icon reeksy
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    Thin tubing, lack of clutter, shiny goodness.

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