Bought a brand new bike on the weekend after months of slathering over the GT Avalanche professional I went into one other store and fell for a Giant XTC 4.5 2008 which got here in so much cheaper with the entire spec’s that I used to be after.
As I cycle round 10 miles a day throughout nation, I wanted one thing that was lighter than the inflexible body I usually use, i wanted hydraulic disc brakes (to forestall the construct up of muck and leaves in my V breaks) and entrance finish suspension (to cut back the quantity of shock my wrists had been receiving)
I wanted to exchange the usual tyres that got here with the bike for some Panaracer Trailraker 2.1 tyres. I Will be testing it out on my regular route tomorrow however the Trailraker 2.1’s must be implausible on the mud that I’ve to take care of (numerous horses on the observe that I observe).
The different alteration was the pedals on the bike for a sealed set (the title eludes me however i’ll add at some stage) they had been simply very easy so ought to reduce down on general resistance.
The man I used to be talking to on the store stated that I’m most likely going to be out and in of the store fairly regularly, because the mechs and backside bracket are going to be submersed in water fairly regularly and coated in crud. This is a perfect option to create a grinding substance for all these transferring components. Alas it appears that evidently numerous the producers are from areas the place its dry more often than not so they do not actually contemplate the semi submerged nature of British off highway biking.
I’m not saying my route is probably the most regular, as I put on wellies to cycle to work (water comes over my ankles when I’m biking via the water crammed ruts), however for individuals like me that really use their bikes every day for health, transport and enjoyable, grinding substance terrain and grass crammed mechs make the price of operating a motorcycle increased.
I wash of the bike every day (not with a stress washer as this simply pushes muck into the bikes working components) and that i nonetheless have to continually (weekly) take bits aside to take away grinding goo. I do know you would possibly say why do not you utilize the highway, however have you ever seen a number of the individuals driving on the market, and it provides an additional four miles onto my journey. Admittedly if i used to be into the entire spandex, techno using gear and house age Cervelo highway bikes i am certain it will be a dream, however me, i am just a little extra grunge with my BMX helmet, Skiing gloves and wellies on.
Will hold you up to date on how the Panaracer Trailrakers do and provide you with an general gist of what the Giant XTC 4.5 2008 rides like. I’m 6 foot and went after a Large body which appears to be like and feels proper however i do wonder if I would like a barely shorter, raised stem (i simply have to settle in with the brand new bike).
Anyway a degree i meant to make is when you have any bike experiences you want to share drop me an e-mail and if I do not really feel like your attempting to promote stuff in poor health put them on my weblog.