corsa alton minivelo ride report
Ride report - short spin around the neighborhood.
The seat is uncomfortable and hard. It actually feels better in a more aero position, maybe due to putting more of my weight on the front. Feels better in aero position than the downtube nova seat, which is also "anatomical" in shape but probably designed by a woman (the anatomical dip is tiny).
Shifting is clean and fast with shimano trigger shifter. Derailleur and rear brake were perfectly adjusted from the factory. Whoever did the final setup over in china did a good job, everything is adjusted and tight. I did the front brake. Braking is good so far, but I wasn't going very fast.
Detected a little bit of groaning and vibration from the bottom bracket on lowest gear. Will take it down and relube when I get the chance.
The minivelo feels noticeably faster than the nova. Seems a little less flexy on the front end, which makes sense. The nova has a very solid steerer tube - for a folder that is. The minivelo feels more like a real bike.
The 165 cranks are annoying. I'm sure they fit most users in china, korea, and japan, but being used to 170s they feel stifling to me. I would like to take this opportunity to advise all asian bike makers: when you sell bikes to americans, use 170 cranks!
Rides feels harsher than the nova, the stiff saddle contributed to that. Also I had the tires up to max pressure. This mini is good candidate for big apple tires (I just ordered a pair for the nova, but I think I will change the back tire on both bikes instead).
What tools do I need to get into the bottom bracket? I have grease already.