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"I find myself aiming it at potholes and bumps in the road and laughing at how well the Power+ absorbs everything"

“Hi Alex,

I just want to say thank you for taking care of me during the order process.

I received the frameset and was finally able to build it up. I’ve been riding it for a few weeks now. Here are my impressions.

The bike looks amazing.

Thank you for working with me on the paint. I know the green, yellow and red color combo probably seemed odd at the time but it came out better than expected.

The metallic green is like no other I’ve seen. It seems to change colors depending on the light!

Paired with the all black gruppo, cockpit and wheels, it just looks like a modern classic Italian racer.

Also, the filet brazing and bottom bracket welding is perfection.

The bike rides incredibly smooth and somehow remains stiff and responsive.

I find myself aiming it at potholes and bumps in the road and laughing at how well it absorbs everything.

It has that “steel is real” spring feel to it. I’m sure that the 30c tires help but this frameset is next-level when it comes to road feel. Soooo gooood!

Climbing and descending is phenomenal.

I didn’t build the frameset up with the lightest parts so the bike came out to 20lbs, which I think is actually amazing given that it’s an XL steel frame and I used an all aluminum gruppo, 28h aluminum rims and hydraulic brakes.

The only carbon on this bike is the fork, the bottle cages and the saddle.

My last bike was actually 18 lbs and although the Power+ Disc feels a lot different, it doesn’t feel slower or heavier.

I will need to do some bigger climbs to really get a sense of how fast I can make it ascend but so far, I’m impressed.

Anyway, I’m sure that 2 extra lbs is just going to make me stronger. 🙂

Descending is smooth fast and predictable. Rough turns are also easier to navigate than on my old bike.

I’m sure the fatter tires and slightly longer wheelbase of the Power+ Disc help in this area. It just feels stable while going fast downhill.

I built this frameset up as my “all road” bike. I may race it on occasion and will definitely be taking it on the fire roads and gravel where I live.

I’m happy with the tubeless 30c tires and have already ridden some gravel where once again, the bike is sooo smooth.

I’m looking forward to getting out and doing some longer mixed terrain rides once my CX season is over.

This bike is going to crush some big miles.

On a side note, I think the Power+ will fit 32c tires. Given the trend to bigger tires and gravel grinding these days, this frameset is more versatile than I expected.

With a different fork, it might even fit 35c. There is clearance at the rear. The fork is the limiting factor.

Alex, if I can add one thing, the rear chain stays are maybe a few mm too wide.

I had to move out my cleats on my shoes to prevent my heels from hitting the chain stays when sprinting.

I have a large foot (size 49) but I’ve never had this problem with another frameset.

I don’t think the frame is flexing. My heels are just moving inward ever so slightly when standing and sprinting.

The clearance is so small that my heels nick the chain stay. Moving the cleats solved the problem but clearance is still very limited.

Everything else is perfect. Thank you again.”

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