Touring - Sakkit expedition touring bike?
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this bike has a very long wheelbase (chainstays are about 2 inches longer than the Bruce Gordon BLT, Thorn, Trek 520, CDale, ...) R. Beckman told me on the phone that this gives a much more smoother ride, because the frame flexes more which absorbs the bumps better, yet still strong enough for heavy loads.
I can imagine that the disadvantages would be a little more weight, a tad slower, and the bike costs more.
Do you think there's a significant difference in comfort or is it splitting hairs?
06-19-05, 07:52 AM
The longer frame will also mean a larger turning radius. I find the most comfortable bike in my stable are those with the longer wheelbase. I've never ridden a Sakkit touring bike but I suspect you could probably feel the difference between that bike and a Trek 520. I don't think the 520 is a harsh ride at all and it's wheel base fine. What your're really paying for are all the other extras that come with the Sakkit 26' inch tourer that is not available for the 520. And that's a lot.
06-19-05, 01:05 PM
If you search around the net you should be able to find someone that owns one. I know that Jon Larson owned one. Go to the Bikechina pages and see if you can track him down or do a search for his full name online. Bikechina (http://www.bikechina.com/touringbikes.html)
From what I've learned I think I'd be very happy with one of these but at the time I was interested, I wasn't willing to wait six months to get it. I don't know what the present wait would be but I talked to person with one on order that had to wait much longer than expected. However, that was a few years ago so do the research before writing this bike option off.
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