Another 2008 Downtube 8H first impression
Got my Downtube 8H last night. Packed extremely well and protected in the shipping box I was able to get it out, stripped of cardboard, unfolded, air in the tires and give the bike a close look over before taking it out for a nice little ride.
It's impressive how quick and nimble this little bike it. I'll be honest though, I did think it was going to fold up smaller and I don't know how practical it will be to fold into the bag very often. But I suppose it's nice while it's in the car to keep things clean and what not.
I'm extremely glad I went with the internal hub. What a world of difference! I haven't ridden a bike in a while but when testing out bikes in various bike shops over the past week and playing with gear shift mechanisms in a small space is no fun. The completely silent shifter and shifting at a stop is fantastic. 7/8th gear are a little rough, I would need to be cruising at a pretty good speed to ever shift into them.
I only had 5 or so minutes of ride time. I got my water bottle cage/pump holder mounted without problem and I'll be out looking for a bag today for the rear rack. Aside from that I'm really looking forward to taking it out for a much longer ride next week and getting it into work.
Fantastic work Downtube.