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David Arthur

David has been a tech editor on road.cc since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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1 year 5 months ago

I'm a bit late to comment, but was surprised at the negative/irrelevant feedback.  No trouble with the BB as yet, and the external cable routing is just aesthetic.  Some who tour may like it for servicability.  This is a confidence inspiring bike.  Slower than my old Roubaix on the road but that bike was really dodgy off the tarmac.  I ride my Grade (this one - 2020 Expert) on a fair bit of singletrack.  It's no longer stock - I didn't like the bars so changed them, and although the Riddlers are good I've swapped out with Resolutes.  Transformative a a cinch to set up tubeless, which I can recommend.  I'm 6'4" and 220 so I also changed the front rotor to 180.  I can also recommend this for anyone who's heavy, and it's easily done by turning around the base plate (the shims make a 160 fit at the 140 setting, so flipping it makes a 180 fit.  No complaints at all about this bike.  My MTB gathers a lot more dust now, and I've picked up a habit of climbing on the road, and descending on the trail that I really like.  No bikepacking as that's not my thing, but I suspect it would be fantastic.  If I had one thing to criticize, it might be that the front end is very stiff.  No issue for picking my way down a trail, but it's tiring going fast on rough surfaces.  Gloves and padded tape definitely required.  Geometry is, however great off piste riding, and if I were bothered about speed on tarmac (I'm not) then a second set of wheels with 32 slicks would make it every bit as fast, and a lot more comfortable than the old Roubaix.

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2 years 2 weeks ago

kevvjj wrote:

Hi - sorry about that - we've fixed the issue now! - Rach

I tried to read this article but ads that covered 80% of the page kept popping up - this stopped me reading and I had to manually close them every time. I understand the need for ads but when they totally ruin the point of coming here in the first place then I'm afraid the adblocker has been switched on. Ads down the side of the text and inbetween paragraphs are fine, at least I can still read the article. But, totally blocking my ability to read the article every 30 seconds is ludicrous.

 

2 years 3 weeks ago

They should have designed the frame with a BB386EVO bottom bracket shell instead of PF30. The chainstays have to be wide anyway to provide tire clearance... so why not go with the wider 86.5 mm width standard, BB386EVO?

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2 years 1 month ago

bad color, the fork, should me same color as the frame! bad choice of groupset as there is a specific groupset for gravel now, and a very BAD crankset!! the rest is very good for the money.

2 years 1 month ago

I tried to read this article but ads that covered 80% of the page kept popping up - this stopped me reading and I had to manually close them every time. I understand the need for ads but when they totally ruin the point of coming here in the first place then I'm afraid the adblocker has been switched on. Ads down the side of the text and inbetween paragraphs are fine, at least I can still read the article. But, totally blocking my ability to read the article every 30 seconds is ludicrous.

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