Hey all! So, WordPress is being a little buggy at the moment and decided to delete the original copy that was posted with the photos of the bike. Now it won’t let me post back in the body of the post, so here it goes…
I just wanted to say that so far the bike is great. Fit wise, it’s pretty close to being dialed in. The handlebars have been swapped for Salsa Road Pro 2 size small in 40cm. The wheels are going to be swapped out tomorrow for some Mavic Equipe’s, as they are a little more stiff and lighter weight. Anyone in the market for a sweet DP18 road wheelset with pink nipples? Hit me up!
The bike hasn’t been ridden outdoors yet as it’s still icy, salty, and nasty out. It’s been great on the trainer though and I’m really impressed with the smoothness of the shifting with the Sram drivetrain. Apex seems to shift smoother than say Tiagra, but seems about the same as 105. I couldn’t really judge which I’d prefer more over 105 or Apex. Time will tell after a summer of riding.
I’ve added a carbon waterbottle cage from Whiskey parts and it looks really nice. I really like the shape of the cage, it’s easy to get the bottle in and out versus the standard alloy cages from Bontrager or Planet Bike.
The Fizik saddle compliments the bike as well. I’m not 100% sold on that saddle, but it’s still kind of in the break in period and it’s hard to judge just riding on the trainer as you don’t always sit the same was indoors as you would out on a road ride. Brooks has definitely spoiled my undercarriage!
Overall I’m really pleased with my purchase and have zero buyer’s remorse. I think the bike is a great value and would highly suggest looking to Raleigh as a good competitor in the marketplace for women’s specific bikes. Their designs are a little on the girly side, but still maintain a little bit of badassery (that’s a word right?) that the men’s bikes have.
As someone who really enjoys aesthetics AND functionality…they are heading in the right direction. You want your bike to ride well AND look cool. It’s sometimes hard to find something that fits your personality, but this bike does it for me.
The Eggbeaters are awesome, as most Crank Brothers pedals are. I usually ride the Candy’s, but wanted to try the “traditional” CB pedals. The only issue I have is that I need a little bit longer of a pedal spindle on the non-drive side because of a past knee injury, but I’m experimenting with different riding positions to see if I can make it work (Pull those knees in!). CB no longer offers a longer spindle kit as they did in the past, so I may have to check out some Knee Savers or something.
Anywho…the bike has been great so far and now I just keep hoping for spring to arrive. Knowing that we’re about to get 6 more inches of snow in the next day or two is kind of painful to think about as I type this, but that’s what winter beater bikes are for!
I also want to take a minute to thank all the new readers of the blog. A lot of Madison/Milwaukee folks have been adding us on Facebook and checking out the site. Thank you so much for the kind words and support!
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Stay warm everyone!
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