I guess the trade-off is at the chain stays, as to handle such wide tires you will be restricted to wider Q-factor MTB cranks and/or smaller chain rings, but that's OK: This is not a bike for a Sunday morning coffee ride with a roadie crowd but a go anywhere bikeThis bike takes up to a 3" tire. So I have tons of space to go bigger!
This bike is more or less a modified MTB. It has 73mm bottom bracket ruling out some road options right off the bat.I guess the trade-off is at the chain stays, as to handle such wide tires you will be restricted to wider Q-factor MTB cranks and/or smaller chain rings, but that's OK: This is not a bike for a Sunday morning coffee ride with a roadie crowd but a go anywhere bike
Nice one Joe, you certainly know your onions.
This is a picture of the Sagami river a little downstream from Rt510 near Sagamihara that I took on my ride on Sunday.
This is the first place after Shinagawa where the Chuo Shinkansen (the 500 km/h super high speed Maglev train) will see daylight. Except for the bridge to be built here, the entire track from Shinagawa to the current Maglev test track near Rt35 west of Akiyama is being built through tunnels, including the crossing under the Tamagawa near the Todoroki stadium in Kawasaki. All you'll be able to see from the surface will be a couple of emergency exits spaced several km apart.
The bridge over the Sagami river valley will be built just after the houses you see on the very left. Most likely the track on the bridge will be encapsulated in a shell for noise protection.
A little north of Toya village near Lake Miyagase they'll build a train depot.
Drop bars are wonderful for hand positions. The same reason I enjoy Jones bars. I get multiple ways to stretch my back out while on a ride.What is the appeal of this bike, @bloaker? I'm still scratching my head here, what can this bike do better than a hardtail with a flatbar or a gravel bike with a dropbar? Or are you just enjoying the challenge of using a different tool for the same job?
To me, dropbars make sense when I want to go fast. But then I need narrower tires than you have. On the trail, dropbars seem like a liability.
3, or what ever feels like a small number of bikes to you.If I could only have 3 bikes
Just to be clear, I didn't want to poo-poo your bike, as far as I am concerned if you love riding it, then it is a good bike. I just didn't understand the appeal, because from my (very different) vantage point, it seemed to combine the “worst” aspects of each: the (relative) slowness of a MTB (due to the tires) and worse handling on the trails.I do get where you are coming from and I appreciate the question
Ok, this one made me laugh. I'd have serious problems at home if I had 3 bikes. Two is the limit.If I could only have 3 bikes would I have a Fargo?
Mission accomplishedI didn't take it as a poopoo.
Glad we are on the same page. Sometimes pixelated letters can suck the nuance out of a post and make you sound harsh — even if you didn't mean to.I can see the lack of appeal for some people. Just like a Dogma or an e-bike does nothing for me.
And when I said "I do get where you are coming from and I appreciate the question" - meant it.
You very well could have thought to yourself - "that's dumb" and moved on.
And I reckon it makes trails that are easy on a more capable, trail-focussed bike harder and thus, more interesting.As for off road - it is far more capable of any pre-2000 bike I have owned and possibly as capable as a few I have owned since then.
Is it a shredder? nope. Can it shred? yep.
Prior life...I took a break from bikes and started tracking/racing motorcycles. After 6 years on the race track, I came to the same spot. What was once fun, became a chore, what used to be a highlight became anxiety, I would drive 14 hours to a race track, blow thru 2 sets of tires, tons of fuel, sweating in full leathers on a 35degree summer day with a 45 degree track temp... and the entire drive home be silent because on the inside I was fuming I was a 5 hundredths of a second slower than the last time I was at that track. I ruined a second hobby/sport just like I ruined the first one.