I remember the first bicycle I saw under the Christmas tree growing up. One of the few similarities between that day and present day, is the feeling you get when you get a new bicycle. There’s something special about it…
My beautiful, loving, understanding :), and supportive wife surprised me on our wedding anniversary this year with a cyclocross bike a bit earlier than I was expecting. I was planning on picking it up in October, but she’s just that awesome!
I love it so far! The bike is stock save for a set of Shimano XTR pedals and a set of Salsa skewers from previous builds. I really like the group so far. I have a 2012 Sram Red group on my Roubaix and I like the direction Sram has moved to with the new 22 group choices. It shifts quickly and crisply. I’ve grown accustom to double tap interface and it feels like an old friend on the new group. The hydraulic brakes feel good. I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as power or modulation, but I think the first real difference I can feel is a lack of effort to use them. I’m sure I will have a more opinionated reaction after a few races on them. My only concern is longevity of the brakes performance. Over the years some of the Avid brakes I have used seem to be good when new, but seem to have some performance fade as time passes.
On to some more pictures! For full resolution versions, click the image, be patient, they are large :)
As always, everything you see me riding on comes from the best bike shop around, Bloomington Cycle & Fitness