Perfectly suited for both ultra cycling races as well as for city use, the frame and fork are made of Columbus Cromor triple butted tubing. Increased wheel clearance allows the assembly of the fenders and tires up to 40mm to tackle any terrain with confidence, also in the darkness due to reflective bands. Shimano Deore 9-Speed group to easily overcome the steepest of climbs with heavy panniers. Tubus carriers can haul up to 40kg of load in the rear and 18 kg in the front. The triple butted Columbus Cromor tubes undergo a special anti-corrosion treatment internally and externally to provide total protection against the elements. Cable routing above the top tube protects the cables from mud and dirt. Rugged bar end shifter is less prone to damage with respect to integrated shifter brake. In the event of poor shifting, the bar end shifter can switch from index to manual shifting to ensure clean shifts at all times.
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Slow down and enjoy the scenery.
Purchased during a sale direct from the website. Arrived in perfect shape and you can expect a typical build time with the exception of having to wrap your own handlebar! If you're not experienced, best to take it to a professional for assembly and set-up. After comparing just about every other similar bike, I settled for this in large part due to the touring ready configuration and the Columbus frame. Love the color too. My previous road bikes were all race oriented with less than hill friendly gearing and I found myself avoiding many areas because of this. The triple chain ring has opened up a new world of exploration for me. As a very fit 56 year old, I finally had to put my ego and pride aside. The bike arrived with the rear fenders and rack installed (perfectly) and my original thought was to remove them for summer but after my first couple of rides through some gravel and puddles, the bike and my clothes remained much cleaner. I see no reason to ever remove them. As for the rear rack, it's perfect for my photography gear. I've never used bar end shifters before and I was a little concerned about adjusting to them but I've grown to like them. I haven't experienced any neck, shoulder or arm discomfort, which could be part geometry and the fact that you have to move your hand position more with the bar ends. Like another reviewer Mike stated, I am experiencing some of the same rear derailleur slippage under load. I'm sure I'll eventually get this worked out. The cantilever brakes are excellent with very good stopping power on steep grades. Not as good as the hydro discs on my last bike but still very effective and a lot cheaper and easier to maintain. Overall, this is an excellent bike and one that most of us should be riding over those race oriented machines. I don't feel the need to get fully kitted up anymore and ride at a much more enjoyable pace.
First of all, I love the potential of this bike. I love the colors, that it is steel, even the small designs that cover the frame. I wanted a bike that could easily handle any terrain, and after riding it a few times I certainly think it can. Where I am having problems is the shifting. I am starting to wonder if I have a bad shifter cable. I had my local bike store put it together and adjust the shifting but it is still not shifting correctly. It constantly slips when I am down shifting (bigger to smaller cog). I have spent hours adjusting the tension knobs and every time I think I got it, it slips again. Very frustrating.