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  • Yay..New Bike day… Downcountry/Uptrail/whatever…
  • DrP
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    Following on from my other thread about “where the heck is my bike..), it finally arrived (long story short – Bought from Bikeinn at a decent price – then no idea where in Europe/UK it was for a few weeks!).

    I popped up a few pictures, but wanted to ‘finish it’ before taking it out for a ride –

    Specialized Epic Evo – stock weight 12.45kg

    Added/swapped – SRAM GX AXS, Hunt/Proven race XC carbon wheels, Nukeproof carbon bars, and swapped the SRAM G2 for G2 ultimate..

    Oh, also set up tyres tubeless.

    Now coming in at 11.5kg.

    Thinking (tentatively) about the Fox transfer SL..hmm…

    Not yet ridden in anger – taken it fora  spin up and down the road.. BUt having the kids for 2 weeks now is going to scupper plans to go for a decent ride any time soon!

    The T-type AXS really does seem to shife even better than the gen1 AXS! The hangerless system is too cool!

    I’ve a few things planned for this baby – SDW later in the year, would love to have a go at the King Alfred Way and other long all dayers, and …tentatively would LOVE to do an off-road Everest attempt too!

    I appreciate the DYEDBRO frame protection won’t appeal to all, but I think it’s ruddy cool!

    DrP

    lesshaste
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    Nice, loving the unicorns!

    weeksy
    Full Member

    Levers angled too low 🤠

    DrP
    Full Member

    Levers angled too low

    Ha.. nah…. they feel fine!

    Think it’s the camera angle TBH – they DO look like they are pointing straight down!

    DrP

    fazzini
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    Electric sockets are at different heights 😱

    Oh, nice bike too 😁

    gordimhor
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    I’m also liking the unicorns, really nice looking bike.
    That floor is too shiny though…

    rOcKeTdOg
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    Valve v tyre logos, both wheels different and both wrong 😱

    schmiken
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    tentatively would LOVE to do an off-road Everest attempt too!

    Having done one, I would spend some time to really investigate just how bloody hard it is (19+ hours of ride time…)

    davros
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    Giz a go on yer bike mate

    v7fmp
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    Ruddy delightful!

    interested to hear further feedback on the Transmission, as I am on the verge of buying either GX or X0 to replace my current AXS (which will move to my chisel).

    I notice with the bash guards that it looks like it limits running a chain device… I am assuming sram are saying you don’t need a top guide as chain retention is so good…. Maybe 🤔

    DrP
    Full Member

    In the bike stand it does feel like it shifts through the cassette a bit slower than the old axs… And this is reported on YouTube too… But it seems in ‘real life’s it’s a better shift.

    Will feedback when I get to ride it!

    I’m actually taking my lad to BPW next Wednesday… Probably take this bike to

    A – ride it!

    B – limit how hard I go.. he’ll be on his HT and has never ridden there!

    DrP

    thegeneralist
    Free Member

    Having done one, I would spend some time to really investigate just how bloody hard it is (19+ hours of ride time…)

    Tell us more. Where did you do it?
    Was it just ” off road” or proper MTB?

    DrP
    Full Member

    I REALLY want to do one at BPW…. It’s 30 climbs on “beast of burden”..

    I did 12 climbs (within opening hours) on a stumpjumper with beefy tyres and 160/150 travel.. so with pacing and enough time I think committing to 30 would be doable.. probably!

    Tissue is getting the park to stay open!

    DrP

    twonks
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    Apart from the chainring offering some relative dimensions, the whole thing looks like a 20 yr old 26″ girls bike to me. Cassette is about right with it’s 36T largest sprocket against the 26″ wheels.

    Geometry even looks nice for the 100mm of travel.

    Saddle might be a bit high, but some girls are 5 foot 10, so it should be ok.

    😀

    schmiken
    Full Member

    Tell us more. Where did you do it?

    Was it just ” off road” or proper MTB?

    https://www.strava.com/activities/7628483617

    It was on a bridleway – 106 repeats of Beacon Hill. I wouldn’t necessarily call it “proper MTB” but I don’t think I’d have managed it on a gravel bike.

    I was very glad of my XC full sus by the end.

    scuttler
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    Sarcin 🤪

    reeksy
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    Sweet ride!

    They spelt Specialised wrong.

    Kryton57
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    That’s lovely Dr P, will we be seeing it at the Gorrick Halloween? (Assuming I have the right Dr…)

    mboy
    Free Member

    I’m sorry but the dyedbro kit is gopping! Each to their own and all, but…

    Levers angled too low

    BIG +1 on this… Unless the bike is 4 sizes too small for you and you ride it like a BMX, then they’re pointing waaaaaaay too low.

    Otherwise, pretty sweet… Nice to see people coming back round to short travel XC bikes again for riding rather than just racing…

    noeffsgiven
    Free Member

    The DYEDBRO has me confused, maybe add your pronouns etc to your profile.  😀

    nuke
    Full Member

    Very nice. Another vote in favour of the unicorns. I thought you’d got some limited edition Spesh paint job….hadnt seen those Dyedbro protection sets before!

    Nice to see people coming back round to short travel XC bikes again now they are starting to realise they are better than gravel bikes

    😉

    nickc
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    The unicorns are fabulous!!

    LOVE new bike day.

    fatmax
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    Bike looks ace 👌

    thebunk
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    The AXS stuff looks really cool. What wheels and groupset did it have before?

    Also be interested in your thoughts on that Sid select, I can’t get on with the one on my Spur.

    sirromj
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    Looks good to me too… Honest I have really looked at it… The levers anyway, angled down like jack Carthy’s trials bike, you gonna get some rear wheel hopping action on it yeah?

    susepic
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    That is looking very tasty! I’m a less is more person, so the frame protection feels a bit loud🙉

    Worth putting a Fastrack on the back for the SDW. Depending on your plans could ride some of the Ditchling ridge with you.

    Enjoy BPW.

    kayak23
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    Great looking bike that, but I couldn’t live with that tyre/wheel logo alignment.

    For the love of dog, centre the bold white rim lettering to the bold white tyre lettering.
    Quarter-alignment can also be acceptable sometimes if otherwise it makes one area too busy.

    Liking the Dyedbro kit. 👍

    midlifecrashes
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    LAT
    Full Member

    that is a lovely looking bike.

    LAT
    Full Member

    I appreciate the DYEDBRO frame protection won’t appeal to all, but I think it’s ruddy cool!

    i like it. i like the blast of colour.

    DrP
    Full Member

    Cheers all!

    RE the brake levers – I just popped into the garage and I guess through a process of ‘what works’, ALL my bikes have the levers pointing fairly low..prob about 60 degrees from horizontal..

    It just works for me..I appreciate if you go for a bike fit they’ll want me to raise them, but

    a – I do alright, TBH.. 😉

    b – i get a tendinitis/rubbing tendons if the levers are even a few degrees higher. Really!

    c – I’m not of the old school ‘hang off the back’ kinda rider – there’s benefit from keeping weight forward. See A and B RE this!

    And I can’t condone the tyre/logo situation! I wanted them both to be lined with the T on CONTROL.. to centralise  ALL the text..

    Sorry!

    DrP

    And Kryton…yep, right Dr – normally race the Brass Monkeys on the singlespeed..may have a bash at it on this for a bit!

    Daffy
    Full Member

    That’s very nice.  I like a nice XC full suspension, they look very purposeful.  I also like the dyedbro kit (never heard of them until today) as, like Hannah’s husband – my favourite colour is ALL of them!

    DrP
    Full Member

    The AXS stuff looks really cool. What wheels and groupset did it have before

    Had standard specialized alu wheels and GX groupset… Sold that to a mate for a few hundred quid…still got the wheels I need to shift on!

    DrP

    chakaping
    Free Member

    The stickers are awesome.

    Bold choice on a bike that simple and handsome anyway, but I’m fully behind you.

    dc1988
    Full Member

    I like it. How long before you go full weight weenie….?

    honourablegeorge
    Full Member

    Really dislike the massive “Proven” logo on the Hunts, their simple and fairly subtle branding was always a plus point of theirs.

    Nice bike, though.

    DrP
    Full Member

    I like it. How long before you go full weight weenie….?

    Good question… My one thought is to see if the Charger damper is ok… Or if the 35mm race day damper is better. It’s lighter for sure…

    Any opinions on either?

    DrP

    crossed
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    That’s a really good looking bike.

    The Dyedbro kit suits it. It’s interesting to hear your thoughts on the T-Type as I’m thinking about upgrading my current AXS kit to the T-Type and shifting the old stuff on to my other half’s bike.

    I also like the look of the Hunt Proven wheels but I missed the boat on the 20% discount they had a while back so I might just wait until they’re on offer again and grab a set.

    soundninjauk
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    I think that looks amazing. It might be just the influence of my 4 year old daughter but I am a huge fan of the unicorns.

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