New bike time
I decided to chop in three bikes- a race bike, a big travel hardtail and an all mountain full suspension bike- into one. This is the result. I’ve just weighed it and the scales say 25.5lb (sounds dubious to me, but it did weigh my Anthem at 23.5lb and that was about right). Need to tweak the saddle angle and maybe chop down the bars. There’s a new stem coming too. First bike with entirely new bits for a very long time!
Posted 4 years ago
Just been out on it for the first time and it is spiffing. The weight catches me out (it’s 8lb lighter than the Orange it replaces), especially in the air. It’s certainly very fast, and the short back end will take some getting used to but the long front feels very good. It certainly took on some nasty bits of trail with ease.
It climbs like a pig when the propedal’s off, though- but it is quick with it turned on. Not as quick as my Anthem but so much easier to climb on than the Five.
In other news, I must be really old fashioned. I have 26″ wheels and spent a lot of the ride thinking “these bars are too wide” (785mm) and “this stem is too short” (50mm). Time to get the hacksaw out, and I hope the stem I ordered for it appears soon…
It wasn’t a long enough ride to form real opinions, and I’ve not gelled with it 100% yet. The forks feel very good, though, and they’re not bedded in yet!Posted 4 years ago
Kuco- the bearing upgrade is on the way to the LBS as we speak (along with some spare spokes- never had wheels with non-standard spokes before and I’m worried about breaking one and not having a bike for a month waiting for a new one).
Went out on it today and while it doesn’t feel faster than my old Five I set some faster times without really trying so it’s doing something right! Feels a lot better with a 60mm stem on it though for a brief moment I wished I’d ordered a 70. I’ve kept a 100mm one for races though.Posted 4 years ago
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