Always interested in the next project.
Currently into 650b and 29" Adventure / Cross / Touring setups.
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I was arguing for the compatibility with existing bikes and the versatility. The whole crankset is too expensive in my opinion.
I mean their latest stuff is so weird and excentric. Like this rear derrailleur which requires a proprietary braze on the frame.
On the other hand, they have their super versatile and compatible cranks which seem great. They seriously offer something that not a lot of other brands do and it easily fits most bikes out of the box. Same thing with their tires. They made wide tires in a variety of sizes and widths before most mainstream manufactures and enabled people to build up bikes differently. I just don't get how the philosophy of these products go together.
The only downside of these bars is what you can see in the last picture. They are pretty wide :D
I use spacers so the Shazam sits slightly below the bars if that makes sense? Works like a charm.
Not a real update here as I didn't change anything on the bike. I took it for an overnighter to New Forest though and I just have to point out how great these handlebars are.
With the shape, you have about the same reach as a straight or riser bar but the angle it gives you for your wrist adds so much comfort! I can only recommend them.
A bonus is that on faster (g)road bits you can grab them closer to the centre and have a slightly more tugged position. I saw some people wrapping that bit with some bar tape and I might do the same.
P.S.: If you are looking for a nice inclusive group ride in New Forest try @newforestoffroadclub
I love that Kona! Didn't see it on here before.
I'd say stick with the triangular shape you got there. It is very visually pleasing to me how it stays parallel to the downtube.
You sometimes see some really weirdly shaped frame bags trying to maximise the space around the bottles. I personally don't like that at all.
Visually that Rene Herse stem is quite nice imho. I also like the functionality of it. The integrated decaleur, the brake cable hanger and even the light switch is a neat feature. That extra tube and glueing or brazing it in though? Can fuck right off.
It's like converting a perfectly simple bike following well-established standards into something with a proprietary cockpit. To me, that's the opposite of good design or functionality.
Yeah of course you can try it. It’s not being used anyways. I am away until the 13th though. We can arrange a pickup / short ride afterwards.
I want to get some 650b wheels for a new gravel bike build. Most probably with some 2.1" rubber. This will get to see stuff like Epping, New Forest, South Downs Way, Purbeck etc. So some regular grav grav with the odd singletrack thrown in. Maybe some light bikepacking. Any reason why shouldn't get Hope RS4 but rather Hope Pro4 hubs?