I had promised a ride report for the White Rabbit II. This weekend I got to ride it a bit and I am a very happy cyclist. It's taken me far too long to figure this out, but I finally got a bike fit problem right. A good part of the solution is a notebook of fit stats and measurements from my previous bikes. The rabbit has been on the road for about 30 miles of check rides without a single adjustment, not a seatpost height change, not a saddle tilt....nada.
Several of the design assumptions work. The Avid SD7 brake levers work perfectly with road brakes when adjusted to their minimum throw settings. The twist grip shifters feel perfectly natural.........they should, I ride 75% of the time on my MTB. The flat bar shortens up the bike so that I ride a bit more vertically, even though there is a significant drop from the saddle to the bar.
Blues Dawg is partially right about the aluminium TT fork. It is a smooth rider right up untill the road surface turns bad, then it gets a little harsh. I may someday change the racy 23mm tires to 25's for a slightly more compliant ride.
I need a bit more gear on the big hills, but the 12/26 will be changed out for an 11/34 later this week. That lets me keep the compact double in the front and have the gearing of a triple.
One last part to be tried on the bike, a set of curved MTB bar ends to provide a couple of extra hand positions and an optional mild aero position for headwinds.
This bike is a keeper. White Rabbit II and I are going to be friends for quite a while.