RonK wrote:I took delivery of the bike after work last night, and spent the evening digesting the slab of documentation Focus and Shimano provide (including a CD), charging the batteries, installing a cycle computer and sensors, mounting a bidon cage, setting the sag and damping on the suspension fork, and making a few ergonomic adjustments.
Then this afternoon I managed to sneak out of the office in time to take a short ride before sundown, to get a feel for the motor assistance and to bed in the brakes, so of course I needed a hill. A big one. I followed the river bank around West End then cruised easily up Dornoch Terrace to the top of Highgate Hill, using only Eco and Trail mode.
First impressions? The 27.5 x 2.8 Maxxis Recon + tyres seem enormous, and the hydro-formed alloy frame unashamedly robust. It's a very imposing bike when you stand next to it. Weight is 20kg.
And to ride? Wow - like, Wow. It is a magic carpet ride.
So - on the weekend I'll be heading up to the Ewen Maddock dam near Caloundra with some friends to give the bike its first real workout over a few MTB trails. I've told them I have a new bike, but not what kind of bike. They'll be shocked.
And while I was taking this pic, a name popped into my head, so it shall be know from this day on as "Limey".
Limey looks very impressive indeed as do the specs.
The distance with power assist sounds fantastic.
I suspect those frame specs and not just the big hoops go a long way to emulate the magic carpet ride.
"I can almost hear Steppenwolf as I type
" I like to dream, yes, yes
Right between the sound machine
On a cloud of sound I drift in the night
Any place it goes is right
Goes far, flies near
To the stars away from here
Well, you don't know what
We can find
Why don't you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride........."
Both the chain stays and the wheelbase are longer than the current Ogre which make it sound like a very "stable" ride.
What if any luggage do you anticipate being able to haul?
I imagine your handlebar roll should present little issue, as well your fork cages, but less sure about the available room for your frame bag and I see no threaded holes for a rear rack (not that this means one can't be added)
I get this isn't your full on touring machine, but I am curious what you anticipate taking with you (and how) for your weekenders.
Might there be an Extrawheel in your future?
More than 100km assist sounds fantastic
I look forward to hearing more.