Iím going back to REI this weekend to seriously consider taking advantage of their liberal exchange policy. I may ditch my Navarro Fusion in favor of either the Cross Check or LHT. I just donít think that Alfine 8 is cutting it for my relatively long and hilly commute.
So forgive me for starting another ďversesĒ thread, but I do have some specifics I wanted input on, and things I should pay attention to when Iím test riding. BTW I did a bunch of searches on these topics, so Iím trying to only ask questions that those threads didnít fully address.
Drop-outs: semi-horizontal on the CC. I canít see myself ever wanting to convert the thing to single speed. Would the LHT then be more convenient because there is less risk of wheel slip? Or are there other advantages to semi-horizontal besides conversion possibilities?
Bottom Bracket: lower on the LHT, which is supposed to increase stability. But I canít tell if that means more stable all the time, or only when loaded down with gear.
Top Tube Length: some posts suggested the LHT is too long, especially for those with long legs and short torsos (like me). Nobodyís ever mentioned that about the CC, but the lengths are very close, and in fact within 0.1cm for the 52 and 54 sizes.
26 wheels: I would assume 700c are faster, but if they are in fact the same, I could see 26 being a little better for the occasional curb bonk, torn-up path, or no path at allÖ.
Speed: way too open-ended, I knowÖ but people tend to say the LHT doesnít feel exceptionally fast because of the weight, while the CC is described as zippy, responsive, faster than expected. Why the disparity if the bikes are specíd so closely?