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Old 01-08-2019, 04:47 PM
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SpokeValley SpokeValley is offline
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Originally Posted by bironi View Post
Looks very nice.
How's it ride?
A G Road is in first place on my N+1 list. Ride report, please.
Not slow...not fast...half-fast
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:00 PM
Morgul Bismark Morgul Bismark is offline
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My rides on the B-Road are about 70-80% road with the balance being on dirt. I'm also only 135-140 lbs. That being the case, most of the time the bike has 700x32 mm Compass Stampede Pass tires.

Overall, I love the way the frame rides. It has plenty of tire clearance. I don't have much need for rack or fender mounts, but the bike has them. It also has a third bottle mount.

On the road with 32mm tires, the bike feels like a slightly more forgiving road bike. It's incredibly comfortable in that situation. I did a 70 mile road ride on it in Sonoma County (where the paved roads are not really that well maintained). It was the perfect bike for that ride. The B-Road conveys a sense of being an efficient tool for the job at hand.

On dirt, mostly I have used the B-Road on climbs or to traverse across a ridgeline. I don't generally descend on the B-road on dirt given my more road oriented tire selection. That said, when climbing on singletrack or fire roads the bike reminds me a lot of a rigid hardtail mountain bike with the old Ritchey Speedmax tires.

While it is not a purpose built pure road bike, the B-Road doesn't make you feel overly penalized for having the extra off road(ish) capability available.

I don't really have any complaints about the frame/fork in terms of the ride or the fit. If I were doing this again, I'd probably go with either eTap or mechanical shifting instead of Di2. That is purely just an ergonomic preference for the mechanical shifters.

Also, just for anyone that cares about the overall weight, my bike as shown sits right around 20.3 lbs
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Old 01-09-2019, 06:41 AM
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Great ride report.
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