|31st March 2011||#253|
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|31st March 2011||#256|
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Well, call it fate, or bicycle gods smiling but...
I went out for lunch, looked in the Evans window (theres a small shop under my office) and BOOM. The SL01 is sitting in the corner. The actual one I have been after. Full SRAM Rival, Easton wheels, Gunmetal Grey. So I put down a deposit and I'm going on a test ride at 6 (they're putting on some SPDs for me) I fear I may be in a lot of trouble when I get home.
|31st March 2011||#258|
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Well, it was a fun ride. Trying to blast through Fitzrovia and find rough roads to test its harshness. It felt like a toy, totally flickable but way more relaxed feeling than my fuji track. Bang on size even though I had the seatpost at 22cm (25 was max) Have never ridden SRAM Rival before – Loved it. Totally intuitive. Brakes felt a wee bit mushy, but that may be their lack of bedding in. Wasn't blown away but then I have no other recent comparisons.
I'm going to sleep on it and ride another couple of bikes tomorrow.
|1st April 2011||#259|
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Sram groupsets are famed for there brakes. Might just be poor set-up. At that price point, its hard to justify any other groupset (aside from personnal taste). The wheels are a great chioce too. I cant the frame performing much different to the SLX01. The only difference is the top and head tubes being alu instead of carbon. Bit of a weight penalty perhaps. (slightly longer wheelbase too). The SLX01 was more than enough bike for Hincapie, and Zberg. IMHO its a fantastic package, and a serious bargin at the reduced price.
The SLX01 and pressumably this BMC have a pretty specific ride quality though. So trying other bikes before pulling the trigger would be a good idea. If it were me I'd try out a full carbon bike, at the same price point, for comparisson. E.g. the Fuji Team Pro Special Edition 2010.
I'm biast though ;)
|1st April 2011||#260|
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I'm failing at impulse purchasing...
This morning I rode a Fuji team pro (coincidentally as suggested) and another Fuji Alloy bike (at a lower price point) for comparison. No contest I'm afraid. The team Pro, OK and could live with it, but just no zing. The lower end one was actually fun, although harsh and sloppy at the same time (wheels) It was def. more of a commuter in style
I then re rode the BMC. Smooth, fast, insane confidence leaning into a corner, wheels were nice. I realised that the weird toy like feeling was just it's smoothness and lightness. Found myself grinning and just kept riding laps of the block. SRAM vs Shimano, meh, could ride with either and both felt just as good. The SRAM just giving a 'racier' impression with their more direct shifting.
Time to make the call I think.
|1st April 2011||#262|
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1+ I was saying the exact same thing to a customer today who wanted a road bike with mount for pannier for commuting and weekend ride (Specialized Sectaur Elite).
Also some of the alu BMC have a carbon seatstay too.
Oh for amusement purpose - check the cable on the top tube;
|1st April 2011||#264|
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Re BMC, It's nice to see the Swiss getting in on the market, the BMC's seem to have a bit of individuality, for a modern bike, and they are impressively light. The Streetracer SSX ? seems a bit of a sheep in wolf's clothing, but I was looking at a Road Racer SL01 about 5 years ago in Korea, before Halfords were selling them, and I remember being really impressed by them. The shop had some good BMC mountain bikes as well. The other interesting thing was, they were offering different choices of groupsets and wheelsets ( the shop in Korea I mean ), it was an interesting combination of a mainstream bike being available as a bespoke bike in that sense. It's interesting how the attitude to cycling is different in different countries, isn't it ? By the way, I'm new to this website and have no idea who I'm replying to here, but if I sound naive or something, doin't worry, I'll try to get more lfgss savvy asap. From Ben
|2nd April 2011||#267|
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|4th April 2011||#269|
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Well, I had a shocker of a day at work on Friday so instead of going to the pub I bought the Roadracer SL01.
Took it for a proper spin on Sunday. First impressions are:
Comfortable. No harsh vibrations and no numb hands/back/neck etc.
Handles like it's on rails. To use car terminology, nice positive turn in with little to no understeer (at my slowish pace anyway)
Getting up to speed is entirely up to you. What I mean is that it seems there's zero wasted energy.
It's not perfect though, and I will be slowly making some tweaks. Things like a new, less twisty feeling stem and more compact shorter reach bars. New saddle the 'SCOR' item is errr, pointy and a bit flat. Need to adjust the front derailluer as it's not shifting easily and it rubs just a little when on the big ring (shit set up from evans I guess)
And finally, I will be saving for some proper, hand built wheels. The stock eastons are OK but ultimately feel a little less solid and precise as the rest of the bike.
So I'm totally happy with the purchase. I just need to get fit enough to justify the purchace....
|4th April 2011||#274|
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Probably worth running a spoke key around those Easton wheels. They are in fact handmade, but even handmade wheels can go a bit astray after the first few outings. I can see that frameset being worthy of better hoops though.
If this dosent help I'll give £70 for it. No beer though, you sound like an expensive date ;)
|5th April 2011||#275|
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Ha, I do sound like a bit of a prat "oh I just dropped a grand on a whim, ho hum" But no, I've been looking for ages, and had saved a stash just for something like it. Totally excessive one off purchase.
Had a close look at the front mech. Def needs just a slight amount of cable let through. I think I have the limit screws set correctly.
The wheels are just not as stiff (sideways at least) as the set on mah fixeh and the funny thing is, my front wheel, an Open Pro with 32 spokes and bmx hub is lighter, and arguably better. When I say hand made I mean not in a factory. Anyway, all small things and I wont be getting hoops until I wear through the braking surface on the eastons. Maybe get in on the orient express
|5th April 2011||#277|
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