…and is still fairing quite well. In fact I’m quietly impressed.
There’s not a great deal to add from my previous post to be completely honest – the BB drop I mentioned before has made me more aware of what other brands run, and I still stick to my guns that 70-75mm is what most of them tend towards. Adjusting this frame to bring it into line would drop the seat tube down 5-10mm which could reduce the saddle-to-bar drop for some.
I also mentioned some downhill twitch before, but on today’s ride particularly I purposefully pointed it downhill to see what the feedback was like – it was pretty solid to be fair, so that inkling I had was probably just a glitch (or was actually me twitching, as suspected).
The only other point I’ve noted is that the front end does seem quite solid. By this I mean that it’s been a while since I had tingly hands, but the transference of energy from the road seems to be quite direct on this bike. Perhaps a carbon steerer on the Kinesis fork would dampen this a bit, as well as helping to drop some weight.
My only other comment is that for a bike named ‘Gran Fondo’, the geometry isn’t really all that Gran Fondo-y. 17.5cm is still quite a short head tube for a 57cm frame – that’s the same as many a race bike!
I’m being a fussy bugger though and really just trying to find stuff to talk about. It is a good bike, and as mentioned before, is perfectly capable of challenging, matching and even exceeding Ti frames of a much higher calibre or pedigree. Sure, it’s no Baum – but if you’re considering a Litespeed, Enigma or Lynskey then add this to your list for comparison, and perhaps save yourself a few quid to put towards a better wheelset. If you do, you won’t regret it.
Very pleasantly surprised covers it quite nicely – and it doesn’t look too shabby either.
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