New bike time! Slightly odd hybrid crosser alfine thingy…..
With what friends and lovers call my ‘obsession with slightly atypical bikes’ continuing, I felt there was space in the garage (there really isn’t – it’s a mess) for this sort of thing….
Clearly it started life a a Kona DrFine (Giggle) purchased from Loddrik from ‘ere…
Originally flat barred and trigger shifted (Alfine), I got some Midges and Versa Shifters, again from here. Then got some R505 cable calipers from, erm, here…
The cables came from a shop though!! And some CX tyres are in the post too!
It’s my first drop barred bike, so of course I had to have Midge bars just to be ‘funky and alternative’! It’s taken a few twists and trials to get the hoods set up comfortably, but as this is taking my drop bar virginity, to me it all feels great!
The sliding drop-outs are a pleasure to use – much nicer than plain old horizontals, which I have on the fixie – there is a bit of a weight penalty, and TBH like ‘one of Sisco’s laydeezz’ all the weight is in the back 😯 , But I suppose it gives a bit more weight over the traction wheel (Perhaps…)
The plan is for this to be my ‘pretty much do everything bike’, and is going to be replacing the use of a car completely for work – you can make a patient group get used to most things TBH, and turning up on a bike is often a conversation starter (once on a home visit I met a lovely old couple who used to race FIXED TANDEMS! Bonkers)
So, anyway, comment away on the paving, grass, and if you wish, the bike!!
DrPPosted 4 years ago
Well, what can I say!
Stuck some Smart Sam’s on it, and this thing is ORESUM!
Flies along the tarmac, flies along the grass and gravel…A bit ‘different’ (from a meta5 with phat tyres) down fast tech descents, but this may well turn out to be my most versatile and favouritestes bike!!
If you’re a bit ‘cross-curious’, go for it!!
(the best thing is you can make new Strava segments that involve road and trail!)Posted 4 years ago
So, took the CX bike for a group blast last night – South Downs /Woods areas…
The ground was dry and hard- VERY hard! You really notice every trail bump with skinny tyres at 70PSI!
It’s not rocky here, but very rooty – It took a few tried to ‘figure out’ the weight balance whilst riding the drops. That is to say, you have to really put effort in to ‘deweight’ the front going over roots/ruts, but once you’ve figured it, that’s fine.
I did miss suspension/fat tyres when bombing along the singletrack – I got ‘pinged off’ at one point as I hit a stump coming around a corner at speed, and got bounced into the bushes!
However – I had a smile on my face the whole time, and was being ‘very noisy’ the whole ride (“whoa””Wow””eek” etc!), so all in all it was a cracking ride on a cracking bike!
DrPPosted 4 years agoSTATOMember
Thats what i meant really, you probably wouldnt have an XC bike with that amount of drop, will make it much more ‘usable’ offroad if you nudge them up a bit, weight balance as you say. Of course each to their own, just passing knowledge learned through similar experience.
I should say i never got on with midge bars either (twisted wrist in funny way), salsa Cowbell much nicer.Posted 4 years ago
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