Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Photo - Mile a Minute Murphy

Charles "Mile a Minute" Murphy breaking the one minute barrier for the cycling mile record
Near the end of the 19th century, a number of different cyclists held the one mile record for cycling behind a pacing vehicle (usually a motorcycle). One of those was Indy's own Major Taylor. In addition to being a powerful cyclist, it required a fast pacing vehicle, which was hard to find in 1899. A cyclist named Charles Murphy realized there was a pacing vehicle that would let him obliterate the record: A locomotive. Obviously a cyclist cannot ride over railroad ties, so he got the Long Island Rail Road to lay planks between the rails for two miles.

The record attempt was extremely dangerous. If Murphy fell too far behind the train, turbulence would probably knock him off the boards. A bicycle wreck at 60 milers per hour would almost certainly be fatal. In addition, the wooden planks were vibrating due to the passing of the trail. Murphy also reported the train kicked up a " Terrible storm of dust, pebbles, hot rubber and cinders." Nonetheless, he was able to travel one mile in 57.8 seconds, and became forever known as "Mile a Minute" Murphy. When he heard about Murphy's exploit, Major Taylor indicated he wanted nothing to do with riding behind trains.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NEW 2016 Scott Foil Has Been Designed To Win Every Ride!

The 2016 Scott Foil has been first across the finish line in 134 races at the highest level of cycling.








Since its introduction back in 2010, heaps of races have been won on the Foil. To date (April 2015), the Foil holds 15 Grand Tour stage wins and three Classics. The Foil has been first across the finish line in 134 races at the highest level of cycling. The new Foil has been designed to win every ride! Regardless of whether you’re competing, chasing a virtual segment or taking on your riding buddies in an imaginary sprint finale, the Foil is the ultimate machine for those striving to win.









The new Foil features the same lightweight frame characteristics as its predecessor. With a frame weight of 945g and a fork weight of 335g (size Medium, including small parts ) the new Foil is one of the lightest Aero Bikes on the market. Our World Tour riders count every gram. 6.8 kilograms is a magic number for them and despite its aerodynamic and stiff nature, it’s actually not a challenge to build the complete bike below this regulatory threshold.

The frame aerodynamics of the bike have been reworked as a whole: all the vertical sections of the frame have been optimized independently and in conjunction with each other, component integration has been lifted to a new level and the bike features a fully integrated cockpit that saves precious watts. Aside from the visible design enhancements with regards to aerodynamics and integration, the riding comfort of the new Foil has been elevated noticeably. The new Foil keeps the much appreciated characteristics of the original model but adds novel and innovative solutions to make it faster as a whole: It’s a Speed Update!




Compared to its predecessor, the new Foil saves an average of 6 Watts over the tested yaw spectrum. This equates to a gain of 27 seconds over 40 kilometers with an average speed of 45kph. Yet speed was not the only consideration. The new Foil increases bottom bracket stiffness by 13% and torsional head tube stiffness by 13.5%. Vertical compliance of the seat tube area was increased 86%. All of this in frame weighing just 945g (size medium). The fork weighs in at an additional 335g.




The new Foil features a Shimano Direct Mount rear brake which is fitted below the bottom bracket. The lowered seatstays and the removal of the caliper brake bridge between the seatstays decreases the gap behind the seat tube and the seatstays avoiding air stagnation and consequently drag. In addition, the seatstay attachment to the downtube has been carefully designed with regard to aerodynamics in order to improve the airflow around this area of the seatstays.




The airflow that meets the fork blades and seatstays has been disturbed by the spinning wheels and in the case of the seatstays as well by the moving rider’s leg. In-depth CFD analysis has shown that at low yaw angles the airflow is pushed away from the fork blades and seatstays if they exhibit a slight outward orientation. The fork blades and seatstays of the new Foil have been optimized in that regard resulting in an advantage at yaw angles between 3 and 5 degrees.




The new Foil’s down tube diameter increases towards the bottom bracket. This positively affects the BB stiffness. And Scott claims that wind tunnel tests have shown that, compared to a straight down tube, these characteristics improve the aerodynamic performance.








The all-new, fully integrated RR1.0 cockpit from Syncros was developed in conjunction with the new Foil and adds to the aerodynamic excellence of this bike. Its superior aerodynamic properties stem from its aero-optimized shape which includes an F01 profile on the horizontal part of the bar along with state-of-the-art integration possibilities. Full integration of brake cables, mechanical and electronic shifting cables and Shimano’s Di2 junction box ensure a smooth transition between the cockpit and the frame, a clean look and aerodynamic cable routing. Despite the aerodynamic bar design which even features a recess to ensure a smooth transition between the bar tape and the grippy top area of the bar where no bar tape is needed, the Syncros Aero RR1.0 Cockpit has been designed following ergonomic principles. Another major advantage of this integrated carbon cockpit is the ability to specifically tailor the performance of the carbon structure on one piece. Towards the connection with the bar, the stem flares out into a triangulated section which offers a larger contact point for the bar to maximize rigidity and resist twisting.



Stay tuned to our blog for more bike and product reviews!





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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What Features Do Road Bikes Come With?

Confused About the Types of Bikes We Have Available? This Should Help.






Aluminum Frame? Carbon Frame? What's the difference?

1x11 drivetrain? 2x10 drivetrain? Which is better for what and why?

Check out this short video by Bill Hannah about the different types of road bikes and which would be the best for you.

While you're at our YouTube channel you will find Bike Reviews and other Informational videos!





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Monday, July 27, 2015

Chris Froome Wins Tour de France

Chris Froome and Team Sky celebrating victory as they cross the finish line
In an impressive performance, especially through the Pyrenees and Alps, Chris Froome won the Tour de France and the King of the Mountain competition as well. Peter Sagan won his fourth straight green jersey with consistent performances, although he did not win an individual stage. Nairo Quintana finished second overall, and also took home the white jersey, awarded to the top rider 25 years or under. He made a valiant try for the overall victory on the final climb up Alpe d'Huez on Saturday, but couldn't claw back enough time on Froome.

Last year's winner, Vincenzo Nibali, got off to a poor start in the first week of the Tour, but came back strong in the final week, finishing fourth behind Alejandro Valverde. Alberto Contador finished fifth. American Tejay van Garderen was having a great Tour de France, in third place, when he had to abandon the race on Wednesday, the first day in the Alps, due to a respiratory infection.

Thanks to everyone who made our Tour de France Sale a big success!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Photo - Tour de France Publicity Caravan

Part of the Tour de France publicity caravan
As the Tour de France comes to its conclusion, Chris Froome has a solid lead going into Saturday's stage up Alpe d'Huez. This will be the final competitive day of the tour for the overall title. By tradition, the only real racing on the final day is for the sprinters - Everyone else is just along for the ride.

Ahead of the racers at the Tour de France is the publicity caravan, which has vehicles from the many Tour de France sponsors. The photo above is for LCL, a French bank that is the official sponsor of the yellow jersey. In the background, just to the left of the LCL vehicle, you see a lion. Each stage winner since 1987 has received a stuffed lion. The tradition started because the lion was the symbol of Crédit Lyonnais, one of the major sponsors, The bank no longer uses the lion as its mascot, and considered replacing the stuffed lions with trophies, but decided against it.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

VIDEO - 2015 Scott Genius 900 Tuned - Cross Country Racer AND Trail Bike


The 2015 Scott Genius 900 Tuned Bible of Bike Tests Review

Light, Full Carbon, XTR Race Brakes, Sram XX1, Reverb Dropper Post, and a Great Fit Too.



The New SCOTT Genius 900 Tuned Series’ HMX Carbon Fiber Frame is one of the lightest full suspension frames on the market. The Tuned version comes fully equipped with a Custom FOX Nude Boost Valve shock, a Kashima Coated FOX 32 Float fork and our Patented TwinLoc technology, in combination with Traction Control, allowing for three travel/geometry settings to always optimize your ride. This is THE ultimate Trail bike.









This new shock is a completely new development with the most advanced air spring and damping system. It features positive air volume micro-adjust with replaceable volume reducers custom tuned for each model and size. Both travel modes have separate damper settings relative to their travel length and effective forces.





The Spark, Genius and Genius LT employ an adjuThe Spark, Genius and Genius LT employ an adjustable geometry by way of a shock mount chip in the linkage. By changing the shock mount chip--simply removing it and flipping it in either mounting position--you affect the bottom bracket height by 7mm, which also affects the head tube angle by 0.5 degrees.






Interchangeable and lightweight, the IDS-SL dropout system works with 142x12mm, 135x12mm and 135x5mm QR rear axle standards. Shred the turns more aggressively and with enhanced control, thanks to a laterally stiff rear end.








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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Carbon Experts - SCOTT BICYCLES

How Does SCOTT Create their Carbon Fiber Bikes?



First, Here are the types of Carbon Fiber used by Scott.



HMF CARBON FIBER

HMF carbon fiber is used to maximize strength and to keep weight low. This material has an optimal blend of stiffness and strength that offers the best riding session. The know-how of SCOTT engineers is utilized in order to create the perfect lay-up with orientation and fiber size. HMF fiber will offer superior strengh compared to the industry standard. 

HMX CARBON FIBER

SCOTT has improved upon the now conventional high modulus carbon fiber, HMF, used throughout the bicycle industry. HMX is a fiber blend used by SCOTT, and is 20 percent stiffer than its HMF counterpart for the same weight. This unique material allows SCOTT engineers to create incredibly light bikes with excellent riding characteristics. The cost of HMX, however, is three times that of HMF, and is therefore reserved for our high end Premium,Team Issue, and RC frames.

HMX-SL

HMX-SL utilizes Nano-technology, which incorporates a carbon nanotube reinforced epoxy resin as well as T1000G carbon fiber. The carbon nanotubes offer an improved strength perpendicular and at off-axis to fiber direction, which allows for a better inter-laminar shear strength. The cohesion between the fibers is improved compared to our industry leading HMX carbon blend offering an unprecedented resistance. T1000G is the world's highest tensile strength fiber. This fiber is traditionally used for aerospace or defense applications. Strategic use of this new material results in a frame that is lightweight without compromise in power transfer.

HMX filaments are both stiffer and smaller in diameter than those of HMF carbon. Because of this, an HMX frame can be built of tubes with thinner wall thicknesses to achieve the same stiffness of a corresponding HMF frame.

The final difference between a HMX and HMF frame is mainly the weight. A HMF frame is about 14% heavier than a HMX frame.

HMX-SL IS 8.5% LIGHTER ON A FULL FRAME THAN HMX
HMX IS 14% LIGHTER ON A FULL FRAME THAN HMF



SCOTT carbon frames are all designed, engineered and virtually tested prior to opening new molds. Concepts are first validated by our team of designers to ensure that they integrate with the overall SCOTT ethos. Our engineers then build a 3D model of the frame which can then be analyzed by the most advanced FEA and CFD industrial tools, as well as our own, in-house developed, kinematic and composite structure software. These tools allow our engineers to assess a frame's weight and volume, stress distribution, stiffness rating, aerodynamic performance, suspension characteristics with regard to kinematics and spring rates, and fiber ply layup schedules.




Once the virtual design and engineering process is completed, the first mold can be opened. SCOTT engineers layup the initial frame themselves. The resulting prototype frames then go directly from the mold to the test lab to assess frame strength and stiffness. The frame will then go through several cycles of layup refinement and testing until all performance targets are met.








Prior to mass production, a pilot run of frames is produced to validate all tooling and layup schedules. These pilot frames are then subjected to further lab testing, before being ridden in real world conditions. It is at this point that our professional teams and riders enter the equation, pushing the bikes to their limits and providing valuable feedback.







The actual step-by-step process is as follows:



Design & Engineering -  Scott knows that carbon must be optimized in every respect in order to achieve top performance standards and function specific designs. Priority is placed on engineering and collaboration between Scott's greatest thinkers.


Precision Trimming of the HMX Carbon Fiber - The key to a superior layup begins with the engineered shapes that must first be laser cut.



Preparing The Layers - There are over 200 pre-prepared pieces of all sizes that are necessary to
construct a single Bicycle frame. Precision over these many repetitions is key to success.


Preforming & IMP (Integrated Molding Process) - IMP is a process developed by SCOTT engineers that allows for multiple tubes to be created in a single step while managing the layers completely.

During the molding process the layers are compressed while they cure. This adds integrity to the structure and further optimizes the HMX fibers. Scott invented Carbon Welding, a process widely used throughout the bicycle industry.



Machining - In order to assemble a precise final product, areas of the frame with critical tolorences are tuned so that the frame is finished well.


Bonding and Second Step Layup - The process of assembling the various pre-created parts of the fuselage is like finishing a complex puzzle in which care and precision is mandatory to maintain a high quality finished product. This is the final step in constructing a SCOTT frame.



Quality Control - SCOTT engineers maintain a high level of quality control. Destruction testing is performed at intervals throughout a production run. We know the exact serial number each member of the team has had a hand in producing and which day it was made. Without quality control no measure of a quality product can be produced.






Here are some AWESOME bikes from Scott that employ different levels of Carbon Fiber. Click any bike's name for more information!


2015 Scott Solace 10

2015 Scott Addict SL





2015 Scott Genius 900 Tuned




VIDEO REVIEW



















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Monday, July 20, 2015

Circle City Bicycles Now the Main Sponsor for Bike Rides in Indiana Website

Riders on the 2014 Amishland & Lakes ride
Circle City Bicycles is proud to announce that it is now the main sponsor of the Bicycle Rides in Indiana website. Maintained by Michael Heyes, this valuable resource has helped cyclists find organized rides in Indiana and the surrounding states. The next big ride coming up in Indiana is Amishland & Lakes, August 7-9. This popular ride by the Michiana Bicycle Association passes through Indiana's Amish country on one day, and past Michigan lakes on the next. The ride starts in Howe, Indiana, which is just a few miles of the Indiana - Michigan state line.

Our Tour de France Sale is now in its final week. This week's special is Circle City Bicycles water bottles for 1 cent when you sign up for our newsletter. Also, all of our $4.95 bicycle tubes are on sale for only$2.50. We also have plenty of bikes and accessories on sale.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Photo - Tour de France Roadside Art

Roadside art by farmers along the Tour de France route
France is the world's most visited country, with about 80 million tourists each year, 10 million more than second place United States. One factor drawing visitors is the beautiful views of the French countryside during the Tour de France. In France it is a big honor to have the race pass through your city or region. Many of the farmers along the route create displays like the one shown above, from the 2014 Tour de France. This one had farm tractors creating the motion of the wheels. Here's a video of a similar design from 2011 in action.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Correct On/Off Road Tire Pressure Chart and Tips

How much tire pressure should you run?

A great place to get an idea would be from the manufacturer’s recommended pressure (Sometimes this is found on the sidewall of the tire, other times it may be molded to the casing - so look closely). The manufacturer may also have a range of recommended pressure (i.e. 40-60 psi) which is why it is only a starting point. Experiment with pressures in the range to find the one that works best for you.


Pump Road Rubber More

Sure, road tires are pumped up to high pressures, but because they are skinny tires, there’s hardly any air inside. That means that when even a little air leaks out (and it will since tires are porous and naturally seep air), the pressure and volume are greatly reduced. To prevent this, check your tire pressure before every ride.

Off-Road Tires

Conversely, off-road tires are much wider and can fit considerably more air inside. For this reason, off-road tires are inflated to much lower pressures than road tires. Fat tires don’t seep as much air (and definitely not as quickly). By all means, if you’re riding fat tires on pavement and smooth roads, inflate them to your hearts content! But — don’t inflate to a higher psi than the manufacturer recommends.


However, if you are riding off-road, you should really consider lowering your tire pressure to a range of about 35 to 45 psi. If you’ve been riding off-road on 50 to 60 psi, you will be amazed at how much your comfort and control, traction and handling will increase on the trail.

Just Don’t Go Too Low

Road and off-road tires alike - running too low of a pressure will increase the risk of both puncture and pinch flats. Softer tires will pick up more debris, which may go through the rubber and pop your tube. Second, any potholes, ruts, or rocks that you hit could deform the soft tire to the point that the rim hits the ground or rock so hard that it pinches the tube. Not only might you have the dreaded “snakebite” puncture flat, you could damage your rim, which can be expensive and is always a nuisance.



Check the Chart
Rider weight is another important factor to deciding what pressure to use, so we’ve included this chart for you to help guide your decision.




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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Riding To Work: Save Money, Exercise, and Have Fun!


Do You Ride Your Bike To Work? Better Your Commute With These Tips


Riding to work is an amazing way to save money, help the environment, and squeezing in an extra aerobic exercise during your day. It can help increase your productivity and energy levels.

If you rarely or have never ridden to work before, you may have some concerns like:

• Getting to work sweaty, dirty or smelly
• Bringing your laptop on your bike
• Dangerous drivers or road conditions
• Having your bike stolen

Here are some tips that hopefully help you feel more prepared to begin commuting by bicycle.

RELATED POST: Confused About the Types of Bikes We Have Available? This Should Help.


Plan a schedule that works for you


First - determine the best route for you to take to work. There are plenty of apps for your smartphone that can help you with this and you can use google maps on a computer if you don't have a smartphone.

It's much better to have your route planned beforehand, as you don't want to be late to work or school.




If riding to work every day seems a little daunting, you should set up a schedule that allows for you to take breaks. For instance: drive yourself and your bike to work on Monday morning. Enjoy the leisurely ride home. The next day, ride in to work and drive your car back home!



Lock your bike well


DO NOT use a regular cable lock as your main line of defense. For your peace of mind, get a U-lock to secure your bike to the rack. You can use a cable lock to secure your quick release rims to your frame, for extra security. Consider taking your saddle in with you to the office if it is quick release.

If your workplace doesn't offer you a place to lock your bike, try to find a place to lock it that won't attract thieves. A busy street is a good place, as more constant foot or vehicle traffic will help deter an attempt at stealing your bike.






Stay fresh


  • Get racks or panniers to store most of your stuff. Removing your backpack or messenger bag from your body means less sweat and an easier ride.
  • Wear wicking materials and other bike specific clothing that helps sweat evaporate and keep you cool.
  • Bring deodorant and some kind of moisture wipes to make sure you don't smell.
  • If possible, drive to work on Monday and take all your clothes for that week so you don't have to worry about forgetting something or having your clothes rumpled from being stuffed in your bag.
  • If your commute is more than 20 minutes long, take the last 10 minutes a little easier to help bring your heart rate back down to normal and avoid the extra-long cool down when you arrive at the office.

Riding with your laptop


Some jobs require you to bring your own laptop. It can be scary having your expensive equipment on the road with you. You can put your laptop in your pannier, but it is probably safer to have it in a backpack or messenger bag. Ideally, your laptop will go into some sort of protective sleeve. Many backpacks and messenger bags have pockets specifically designed to hold and protect laptops.

Bicycle Maintenance

Know the basics of maintaining your bicycle. Learn these essential skills: 

  • Changing a flat tire
  • Putting your chain back on the bike
  • How much to inflate your tires 
  • Washing/lubing/adjusting your bike


You are also going to want to bring some tools with you to help along the way. A tire lever, patch kit, and a multi-tool are the absolute essentials. You can carry these in your pannier or backpack, or purchase a small saddle bag to hold all these things plus your wallet, phone, and keys!

Following basic maintenance procedures will ensure that you are ready to face anything the road can throw at you.



Be aware of common driver mistakes

Drivers are now notorious for how little attention they pay to the road. Cell phones, food, music, and even billboards or street signs can distract the driver just long enough for a catastrophe.

Pay lots of attention at intersections, especially busy ones. When making a left, watch for oncoming traffic, and take the whole lane so that traffic moving with you knows you are there too.

When making a right, NEVER bypass a car on their right side.   Also, many drivers are terrible at using their turn signals. Once again, take the whole lane and be sure that the traffic knows you are there.



Keep coming back to our blog for more cycling and commuting tips, as well as bike and product reviews!




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Monday, July 13, 2015

Week 2 of Our Tour de France Sale

Alan Young performing flatland BMX tricks outside Circle City Bicycles
Our Tour de France sale continues this week. In addition to the sale items we listed in last Monday's blog, we have some additional sale items:

  • All tubes regularly priced at $4.95 are Only $2.50 (through 7/26) Limit: 2 tubes per person per day.
  • All colored water bottle cages are Only $2.50 (regularly priced at $4.95)
  • All folding tires 30% off.
  • Origin-8 Spyder now 30% off - Only 559 (regular price $799)
  • Origin-8 Crawler now 30% off - Only 1,119 (regular price $1,599)
Stop by and enjoy a couple free cookies while you shop. If the weather permits, we'll have our 20' air dancer out front. Also contingent on the weather, Alan Young will per performing flatland BMX stunts on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Last week's lousy weather kept him sidelined except for Monday.

We'll have the Tour de France on the TV. Here's how the contenders stack up after Stage 9:
  • Chris Froome is wearing the yellow jersey
  • Tejay van Garderen 12 seconds behind
  • Alberto Contador 1 minute, 3 seconds behind
  • Nairo Quintana: 1 minute 59 seconds behind
  • Vincenzo Nibali: 2 minutes 22 seconds behind
2013 TDF winner Chris Froome has looked good, and has the overall lead after nine days. Tejay has to be pleased with his start as well. In the 2014 TDF, he did well, but had a couple rough days in the mountains. Two time TDF winner Alberto Contador has lost one minute to Froome, but remains in contention. Quintana has lost nearly two minutes, but remains a threat because of his strength as a climber. Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali has to be the most disappointed of the pre-race favorites. When he won in 2014, he was strong from the very start. This year he has lost nearly two and a half minutes before the race enters the mountains.

This week should be exciting, as the tour moves into the Pyrenees. Stage 10 on Tuesday should be a showdown between the favorites. After a few measly category 4 climbs, the day finishes with an out of category climb. Stage 12 on Thursday will also conclude with an out of category climb.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Photo - Two Penny Bicycle

The Two Penny Bicycle
(Photo courtesy of Hum of the City)
In an earlier blog about bicycle history, I described how the dangerous penny farthing was replaced with the more modern looking safety bicycle. I guess no one thought of welding two penny farthings together like this guy did. He is using a chain and moved the seat aft, instead of directly over the front wheel. Everything looks fine here, but I can't imagine pedaling this thing uphill. It must weigh a ton. Here's a video with the designer talking about its construction.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

2015 Scott Solace 10 Review - Find Your Solace

Impressive Mix of Performance and Comfort



The SCOTT Solace 10 was designed to provide you with a perfect balance of comfort and performance on the roads. Its HMF Carbon Fiber frame was designed with two zones, a Power Zone and a Comfort Zone, in order to result in a stiff and responsive bike that will also keep you comfortable all day long- regardless of frame size.







The Solace is defined by a slightly shorter cockpit, and taller head tube to allow a more upright (and for a growing segment of riders = more comfortable) riding position without needing a stack of spacers. What’s not different is its geometry which is virtually the same as Scott’s Addict. The Solace’s chain stays are about 1mm longer, and the whole design is built to be snappy and responsive with a more comfortable ride than Scott’s FOIL and Addicts.





The frame is made from a blend of Scott’s HMF & HMX carbon fibers.  Both are versions of high modulous carbon, known for its high tensile strength and thinner fibers that allow for less carbon use – and therefore weight savings, throughout the frame. HMX is even more high modulous than HMF, and is used in specific areas like the bottom bracket and head tube junctions, to add strength by adding more material, but helping to keep overall weight down.









The front fork has two roles in fact: control and comfort.  The in-molded carbon dropouts connect the front wheel to that section of the lower fork blades that moves a tad bit more fore & aft to absorb (and smooth) the bumps before they reach you up there in the cockpit.  The fork flexes to absorb energy and the larger / fatter portion of the fork blades is designed to limit that flex to the lower part of the fork and do a better job of keeping the front wheel in line (the further up the fork the flexing happens, the more the front wheel can come off line).  The blades widen noticeably towards the top, eliminating flex and trading comfort for control and adding precision to the handling.

 Like the Scott racers that came before the Solace, this one wants to go fast – and it wants you to make it go fast.  Standing for climbing or sprinting yields as much acceleration as you are willing and able to give.  The stability and predictable steering make for some inspired descents – again pretty much limited only by pilot skill.



It comes in five versions – the Solace 10, 20, 30, and the new for 2015 disk-braked 15 & 40 models, each with a different level of spec.






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