Ok then- had the Boreas for 4 days now and finally got to look around it and find some of the finer points on the Thing. It is a frame and fork supply and is aluminium and it is light. Without worrying about getting the lightest parts fitted- this bike weighs in at 15 Lbs. and ½ oz. The parts fitted have a proven record for strength and have a certain amount if weight built into them. The bars and stem, for example are Easton EA 30. Plenty of durability there. The bar is oversize at whatever size that is so I feel very happy that just by flipping the stem- the bike is comfortable. Headtube is a bit unusual as you can see from the Derailler cables running through it. The Bottom bearing is 1 ¼” and the top one is Conventional 1 1/8”. This means that the Carbon steerer is stepped to accommodate the step that is required. Other contact point of the saddle is a Fizic Aliante and this is a lightweight part. Still feels a bit slippery but it is comfortable. This may be down to the C.F. Seat post that is also micro adjusting for the Perfect setting up of the Saddle. Going back to the front end and you can see that it has a C.F. Fork and the Seat post and fork give the bike some form of Cushioning against the Road buzz. The wheels certainly don’t and these are the stiffest wheels I have ever ridden on. Without the C.F. this would be a very harsh ride. Going to the rear end and the rear wheel dropouts are rearward facing. That got me when I tried to take the wheel out first time- and even worse trying to put it back in so a bit of Practice is going to be required here.
Now onto the crankset. Truvatif have a good reputation for reliability and strength in the MTB world so It was suggested I try one. Two reasons- or 3 if you take the reputation into account. They are light- about 4 ozs less than the Ultegra version that I was going to fit- and this set of “Elite” was a special price to my LBS. Don’t know about the sprockets but they appear to be Nickel plated but not certain what is under the Plating. It is also a compact set so that decided it for me. Pedals by the way are Shimano A 520 and I did have my doubts about them as they are different to the double sided M 520’s that I normally use. It has taken a few miles to adjust but at the end of tonight’s ride they are fine and it is instant clip in. Big advantage of these for me is that they take the MTB cleat so I will not have to think of new shoes for a while.
Couple of shots of the bike so you can see it in its glory but the last few relate back to the TDF on Sunday. Don’t know if you have seen the TDF but they never pass their water bottles back for refilling. They just throw them and get a new one. On the several occasions I have watched the TDF- I have never been fortunate enough to collect one of these discarded water bottles. After The race- we were wending our way back on the TDF route and there it was- sitting at the side of the road. One bottle discarded by a rider in the TDF. Very quick stop to collect it and I have one Team Liquigas Team bottle. I am chuffed to say the least. Especially as I found out that the cheap brakes fitted to the Boreas to come within my price limit- and they were recommended by the Bike builder as Cheap- Very light but THEY WORK. They certainly do as On the sharp application of the brakes- I skidded. I now have a Flat spot on the rear tyre. Those Vrederstein Fortezzas are very soft. Final pic is of the Musset that I bought at the TDF and I am not a violent Man- but I had to elbow my way past about 20 well spoken ladies trying to buy one for their Grandson – or Husband as a momento of the occasion. The Van selling them was French and they do not understand the organised queue we have in the UK so it was thrust the £20 under the nose of the Vendor and get one quick before he departed.
Now as to the ride. It has now done my age in the 3 rides so still a few miles to go to confirm anything- but this bike is light and responds to pedal pressure. It rolls on the flat and down slopes superbly but thanks to the Crankset still being tight- Is not as easy to keep at speed as I would like. The contact points of saddle and bars could not be better and thanks to the Post and Forks- there is no road buzz getting through to me. That saddle is comfortable aswell. Maybe light and may be thin and rock solid but No Pain whatsoever –YET. The Gears are a Joy. 50/36 up front and 12/27 10 speed and very crisp on changing. Minor problem tonight on Front derailler rub but that is down to Cable stretch.
Overall- So Far the bike Works. It is comfortable- and although I may not be able to get it up mountains without a bit of adjustment to riding Skills (Mainly in getting a bit more power out of the legs) This is going to be a joy to ride for the rest of the summer.