I have the Seral and I have to say it's one of the best (larger) hip-packs out there. I've never had much luck with the hose on any of these types, so what I do is use my own 2L collapsible bottle from MEC to carry water in there. I do have a 750ml bottle in the frame ... so I simply re-fill it once it runs out from my pack. This way I can choose if I need to bring an extra 1, 2 or 2 3/4 extra bottles worth of water on the ride ... which is nice and minimizes how much weight i carry.
I also found that since I only don't drink from the pack the pack doesn't change size so I don't need to re-adjust the waist strap as the water bag empties slowly.
I also use a Camebak Podium bum bag for summer rides but this one is far more comfy even though it's larger.
I tried something similar but the tolerance on the hole in the back to feed the brake cable through (i have Saints so I have to go back to front) is super tight, can’t wrap anything around the outside of the brake line ... ended up having to hook a piece of wire at the exit point and try to catch and pull it.
Ah so in your test you were running the low setting? I guess due to the “plus-ish” tires.
I’m curious if you played much with the H/L shock setting. I found swapping the H/L was a bit of a pain, not quite as easy as I would have expected, given the bearing cover, odd location etc. I found going to the L setting the bike seems to ramp a little different. I emailed SC but I have gotten no response. I seem to prefer the L setting, but that could also be the slacker head angle ... One thing to note, you prob never had to do this but fishing the brake cable and shifter cable thru the rear triangle was a major pain. Unlike the Front there’s not guide tubes in the back.
I picked up a frame a month and a half back ... and gotta say that I fully agree with you. I came from a Nomad 3 to this. Feels like it’s not giving up much on the downs and gains so much more on the ups
Wow ... the "I'm coveting my neighbour's life ..." Q/A come at an opportune time ... thank you for the awesome answer, needed it this morning, also read the article about Brent Sopel too ... wow. Thank you!
Hey Cam … I'd read in another review that these feel a little weird due to the
slight camber that specialized has on the forefoot … apparently they are
slightly angled to give you better power when seated … did you notice this or
had any issues while standing?
I went from a 26mm internal Flow EX to a 31mm internal Woven rim (cheaper
carbon rim) and running similar tires Maxis DHFs 2.3 I def feel like the 31 mm
rides better. I seem to be able to run a bit less tire pressure but the tire
stays put better. That is on the flow at 30psi I would ding rims but on the
wider rims I'm riding around 25psi and the tire feels like it has more air in
it when hitting things but at the same time it's more supple, haven't damaged
my rim yet … though I'm trying very hard, since I have a 1 year replacement
warranty on mine, no question asked.
To be honest it's not apples to apples I went from a 26 to a 27.5 in this comb
but I thought it was def something I noticed. Now I guess I'm staying within
the parameters of this article … 31mm rim … not going to a 35 or 40 …
Pretty happy with my wider (though not mega wide) rims.
Actually reading this pb article it seems the neg air spring only affect
the initial portion … so no effect towards the end. I wonder if there's any
benefit from tunning the neg air chamber size … i guess if it's larger it
would drop pressure slower then if it's smaller, so I guess by having a larger
neg to pos ratio the neg air spring has more effect on the positive chamber I