After reading and viewing a post by fellow WP writer and cycling connoisseur bgddyjim I was inspired to post my own ‘dressed’ rig… decked out in matte black, accented mostly by red anodized bits.
From the top down… red carbon headset spacer, red alum stem cap, red anodized bar ends, red anodized seatpost bolts, red anodized seatpost clamp. Red anodized brake pad housings, red alum cable ends, red anodized hubs, red anodized skewers, red alum pully/jockey wheel and red alum presta valve caps! The one non-red parts are the gold alum chainring bolts… (I do have a set of red :-D) #ocd
The poor photo quality doesn’t do the bike justice! Bad lighting… perspective and cameraman! lol… but in person, it is a looker if I do say so myself!
Here’s where I’ll add a quick review of the bike by another rider. Paul K. is actually my neighbor and big mtb’er. We are very similar in height and bike fit, so he was willing to give the R002 a go.
“Today I test rode the R002 carbon bike and let me say it was a dream (besides the knocking sound coming somewhere by the bottom bracket). That said, it didn’t take anything away from the performance of the bike. The 28mm tires took the corners with confidence and speed, feeling planted at every turn.”
“The carbon frame and carbon wheelset along with some good rolling rubber helped the bike excel up any hill I threw at it. I had never used brakes on carbon wheels before, so they felt a bit sketchy initially but still performed quite well. Near the end of the ride I took it on a 2 minute sprint which the bike loved, I actually got a PB on that particular segment. The bike accelerated with ease, begging for more.”
“After all was said and done and I was left hanging over the bars with exhaustion from pushing the R002. It was a great ride on a well performing machine and I can’t wait to try it again- once the knocking sound is fixed.”
(mystery noise 101… Seatpost, check. Pedals, check. BB?
I have taken apart the external bearings cups, checked them and the threads and inspected the bikes BB as well, but the noise still emanates from below. I have a new BB-90 to install and hopefully that takes care of it…)