For a variety of circumstances, I prolonged reporting on my new Pacific Reach for the road.... rather than a first impression 'test ride' report after 10 or 20 miles, I wanted to put it through it's paces over a reasonable distance and a sampling of different road conditions.... it's become my favorite folder for road rides due mainly because of it's speed, stability at speed, and comfort.... my best times over my normal courses are with the Reach... the bike can easily be ridden 'hands off' due to it's superb tracking.. the full suspension is a blessing over rough patches at speeds, especially over 20 or 25mph.. for a professional review which I mostly agree with, you should go HERE...my USA spec red and black Reach Road pictured is box stock except for an SDG seat/seatpost, shorter steering stem, Stelvio tires, Crank Bros pedals and a firmer elastomer for the rear shock... the 53/39 9/26 Capreo gearing is excellent for use with 451mm wheels... I pretty much like everything about this bike... shifts are crisp, handling is superb, it just loves to go fast... one downside though to 451mm wheels/tires is that there are not a lot of choices .. but what there are work great, so I'm happy.
This is taken close to my shop in San Rafael
A close up of the quick release rear shock which allows the rear triangle to pivot foward for folding. This shock uses replaceable elastomers to fine tune the suspension... happily, Birdy elastomers work great and I am using the firmer 'green' elastomer due to my 190lb weight.
This is a very effective front suspension, much like used on the Moulton, it doesn't seem like it does much until you hit the stuff that rattles your teeth, then the beauty becomes apparent. I like it better than the Pantour because you are not locked into any specific front hub.
I think Pacific Cycles has a winner for their road going Reach series..