- Possible new alu bike frame – Storck or Bowman?
Well I’ve got all the bits now, so ready for building tomorrow. Hopefully will get it all done. Agreed about top tube message (it’s ride with spirit on this one, by the way!), the Palace logo looks ok in the flesh, think it’s a bit washed out on that picture, plus one huge logo is enough!
I’m looking forward to this one, it’s going to be a light build and IMO a good one aesthetically too. Of course, can’t wait to ride it either!Posted 4 years ago
Ok, the build is complete – very happy with it, though haven’t actually managed to get it outside to ride it at all yet!
Anyway, here are some pics. I’ll give you the full spec if you want. 🙂
[url=https://flic.kr/p/sjhKuy]Hope PF41 in situ[/url] by theflatboy, on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/smqqaj]Ultegra Chainset[/url] by theflatboy, on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/s58rQF]Palace headtube[/url] by theflatboy, on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/s58rG4]Ultegra front brake[/url] by theflatboy, on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/sjhJFj]Bowman Palace – finished article![/url] by theflatboy, on FlickrPosted 4 years ago
Glad you like, generally – and I can live with “slightly curious” 😆 I like a Masterpiece, good weight and strong and solid too – got one on my alloy winter bike and happy with it on there…
It and the stem may or may not stay but they’re alright on there for now. Still haven’t managed to actually ride it 🙁Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
On that tangent, a little mini review of the Canyon VCLS post (the older ‘post’ one rather than the newer parralelogram one).
I took the long way home the other night which included a few farm track climbs where you get to imagine yourself on the pave or strade bianche. It’s incredibly* forgiving, I swear you could feel the bike buck underneath you on the roughest stuff but still stay comfortably seated putting the power down.
If you can live with having a budget online brands OEM kit** on your nice bikes it’s a no brainer. I think they’ve addresssed this with the new aftermarket ones, the Canyon logo’s a bit more discreet.
*for a rigid post on a road bike, you still feel every ripple, it’s not MTB or FS levels of soft, it just doesn’t buzz like a stiff post and dampnes sharp edges.
**It was still ~£100, the new one’s £170, it’s not like getting a £12 Twelfty post on your Planet-X.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
Probably depends on what you use the CX for, for racing I guess you’d be stood up more, it’d still work, just maybe not as much value added. As a winter trainer on back roads or for a ‘gravel’ type bike it’d be a great option.
I’d been impressed by it on normal roads, feels like a few mm more padding on the saddle, or a good chamois, or a few psi out of the tyre, but without the downsides. that was just the first time I think I’d taken it up a rough track that’s still rideable at full speed, it really does feel like it bends quite a long way under you!Posted 4 years ago
1. Total build weight including pedals is 7.88kg, which I’m pretty happy with. I would like it to be a bit lower, but unlikely to be able to make significatn weight savings so it will probably stay around that mark or a touch lower.
2. It’s a great bike – 50 miles (5,000 ft climbing) in Yorkshire over the weekend and I absolutely love it, fantastic to ride, climbs, accelerates and handles at any speed beautifully, truly nice to ride. Excellent stuff.
3. Two things I don’t like:
a. That “Ride with Spirit” logo on the top tube. Hard to ignore as well!
b. Bizarrely, you can’t get a rear wheel with an inflated 25mm tyre past the chainstay bridge to get the wheel on or off, so can only fit / remove wheels with flat tyres. Hopefully won’t get too annoying, but that’s pretty odd if you ask me!
That’s all. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
+1, sorry I did see the email and have been meaning to reply – I’ve been a bit busy over the weekend. I’ll send you a longer reply but short story is I still love the bike, super fast, really nice to ride and generally one happy owner. It took me round the Ride100 faster than I thought possible too, so all in all very good. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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