Personally I am all for it. At 193 cm tall I have rarely found a bike that comes close to being long enough. An old Ritchey had a 170 mm stem which was just about right for that frame. And I felt comfortably balanced on it. My current HT has a 70mm stem on it and it could stand to be another cm or two longer IMO. I am chomping at the bit to demo the beast. It sounds perfect for me.
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Any analogue gauge prefers to be used in the centre of its range. That is where it is most accurate.
That being said, as long as you are not working at the edge of its range the accuracy will be very good. Particularly for this application.
I live in downtown Vancouver and despise driving over the bridges unless absolutely necessary. So I often ride the Seabus across and catch the #228 from Lonsdale Quay. That leaves me facing the daunting climb up Mountain Highway (which honestly looks worse than it is).
Alternatively I can also catch the #210 from town. This option get me further up Mountain Highway but leaves me sitting in a vehicle on a bridge again. A situation I despise.
Or finally, I can just ride the whole thing. This is the longest option in terms of time. It is also the most satisfying. I am exhausted by the end of the ride. Starving. And looking for an energy drink with the code IPA emblazoned somewhere on the label.
I tend to use an auto only when I head out of town. Driving in town gives me an appreciation for how road rage starts.
While not the usual MTB helmet, I have used a Nutcase helmet for winter riding for years. As the temperature drops into single digits I appreciate the lack of ventilation. My only complaint is the lack of a visor as at times the rain or trail detritus comes over the top of my riding glasses.
Once I need to replace the Nutcase, I will gladly look at a helmet like the Kali Viva.
Dickies. And check out squidbikes.com. They take Dickies and add a chamois. Shorts are near indestructible. And long. Love my Dickies.
If the sizing that RF puts on their charts is accurate, these will be too short for pants and too long for knickers. The chart says the XL has a 83cm inseam and my legs are 92cm. Mind you this is nothing new. I am accustomed to clothing being aimed at the XL wearing crowd as being short and more rotund. I will continue to search for something with a more appropriate inseam length.
I have a friend that brings in all these cheap and stupidly bright lights off of ebay & we do late night rides when we get together. Squamish at night is so much fun. In the summer when the heat is off and no one sweats so bad they look like they just showered. Nothing comes close.
And I do have to start carrying some sort of a shell. Sunday was getting cold with just a fleece in the highlands.
It looks nice, but I'm not about to go out & purchase one. The video was a little too artsy for my (admittedly) pedestrian sensibilities.
A well done press release. That's all.
While I like the idea of carbon, horror stories like the following keep me with the reliability of steel &, to a lesser extent, aluminium.
Loving the music. Not so much some of the tools, but that is personal. Thank you for taking the time to answer some of these pressing questions that so many need to ask.
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