Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
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Don't take it personally. Tim Brummer markets his Lightning bikes the same way - claiming amazing feats of speed and climbing prowess. I don't believe those claims, either. That doesn't mean the bikes are dogs, just that the claims are over-blown. It doesn't hurt Cruzbike that Maria is a strong rider and Jim is pretty good, too.
BTW, there is a Vendetta in our club. The guy bought it last fall, specifically because of Maria's RAAM performance. He has yet to take it on a club ride because he still can't deal with the pedal steer. I'm trying to get him to bring it to a ride and let me borrow it, just to test the claims. No luck so far. I figure that a 30-mile ride on one would either force me to learn it or kill me.