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Suvi Loponen

Tech writer

Suvi joined off.road.cc in 2022 as a tech writer and brought in her enthusiasm for gravel and long-distance riding. She's a lover of underbiking and exploring on the bike both on and off-road, especially if it means finding more great cafes and some good viewpoints. 

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2 months 2 weeks ago

Secret_squirrel wrote:

Appreciate your comment! I rode the bike with tubes throughout the testing period and perhaps my reference to softness wasn't worded in the best way - it is referring to the overall ride feel of which the wheels are part of. Having ridden many different wheelsets, these ones just don't quite deliver the stiffness of others which is something you start to detect when you swap between different wheelsets regularly. 

This is the 2nd off-road.cc review where the reviewer claims to detect "softness" in a wheelset although running tubeless tyres at presumably low pressures.   I dont believe it.  Its like an audio review praising "warmth" in a piece of hifi equipment.

The geometry questions are more interesting.  A comparison on Geometry geeks between 2 of the best handling gravel bikes (according to road.cc or its siblings) the XS Reilly gradient and the 51R Fairlight Secan 2., suggests the difference is mostly in the headtube (much taller) and Seat tube much shorter.  Seat angle is somewhere between the 2 although closer to the more race oriented Gradient.  The reach is within 3mm across all 3 bikes which suggests the Ribble is far more upright but without a corresponding reduction in reach.

 

2 months 2 weeks ago

This is the 2nd off-road.cc review where the reviewer claims to detect "softness" in a wheelset although running tubeless tyres at presumably low pressures.   I dont believe it.  Its like an audio review praising "warmth" in a piece of hifi equipment.

The geometry questions are more interesting.  A comparison on Geometry geeks between 2 of the best handling gravel bikes (according to road.cc or its siblings) the XS Reilly gradient and the 51R Fairlight Secan 2., suggests the difference is mostly in the headtube (much taller) and Seat tube much shorter.  Seat angle is somewhere between the 2 although closer to the more race oriented Gradient.  The reach is within 3mm across all 3 bikes which suggests the Ribble is far more upright but without a corresponding reduction in reach.

2 months 2 weeks ago

Can't wait for the dropped seat stay fugly fad to be over already.

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