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    Senior Member Motolegs's Avatar
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    (Reply to Spinovious) The Trek is actually set with a more upright riding position. And it's lighter, but not by a bunch.. The aluminum frame of the Trek is bone jarring over the rough roads as opposed to the Moto- whose steel frame seems to soak up vibration pretty good. The Armadillo tires are a hand me down that I tried on the Trek first with epic failure. They felt on the Trek like solid rubber- after installation on the Moto they are much more tolerable, it's like a perfect marriage of bike and tire.


    I love 'em both in their own way!

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    Senior Member Motolegs's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
    So how are the wheels? I once bought a pair of wheels a guy had taken off a BD bike and sold on CL, and they were CRAP. Fortunately the price was still right ($60 for wheels, tires, tubes, and skewers), and my purpose in buying them was for backup and tuning/(re)building practice.

    Anyways, if you haven't yet, I highly recommend cracking those hubs open, liberally greasing, and tightening them up appropriately to get them as smooth as possible. Mine were ridiculously crunchy when I got them -- and I think the same as yours.
    The wheels are nicer than expected. Watching them while spinning revealed no discernable wobble. The assembly seam can be seen only when really looking for it. (Reading glasses required for fogies like myself) The brakes bear against them very smoothly. They come to a rest after spnning by the reflectors weight, and offer up no audible crunchiness. That is good advice about greasing the bearings.

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    Senior Member Motolegs's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    For amusement, you could pronounce it motor-beer-can.
    Awesome. And that reminds me..

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    Senior Member Motolegs's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by dejock View Post
    Does it use a cassette or freewheel? Looks pretty promising for the price. Digging that green!
    I would think cassette- the spec sheet on the website doesn't specify.
    Last edited by Motolegs; 02-20-14 at 05:43 AM.

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    Update on the Moto, no problems. Did dial in the brakes a tad more. The bike is a dream to ride. Might not be a very cushy commuter in reality, but it makes up for it in the fun speed factor. The Armadillo tires continue to impress. Western riders take note- plucked out a goat head from the sidewall, heavily embedded seemingly, to no affect. They aren't "in season", and really sharp, but this would have flatted a normal tire for sure.

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