Originally Posted by vik
Nice pics - thanks for posting...
BTW - $800 is wholesale cost for a Rohloff so congrats on a wicked deal. They are hard to get at much below retail.
Not sure what you mean about how they routed the rear brake cable??? If you are using a rear disc brake the cable is tucked in under the left seat stay and shouldn't get in the way of anything you want to mount on the rear of your BD. Even if you want to use v-brakes on a BD I don't see how the rear brake cable routing causes any issues??
I used a 20% coupon at Cambria bike when they were $999. With the BD, I noticed that the rear brake is routed in a way that the cable runs down the center if you go with canti's. I could be wrong though. Of course, if you used disks, then everything is in housing and won't matter.
And yes, I am slow as well. I timed my commute of a little over 2.5 miles. With car + parking and walking from the lot, it's just about 18 minutes. With the xtracycle and good traffic, it's about 30. With my road bike, it was between that, sometimes even faster if you know, I made exceptions with traffic lights. I know I would consistently beat my neighbor when I was on my road bike when he'd drive. Any further and I really have to consider transit times. Tough when you're like me and enjoy sleeping as long as possible.
The thing about the xtracyle is that you have to really get used to staying centered and not torque your bike any when you stand to climb or sprint. The free loaders and all have a tendency to swing back and forth if you let them. Also, it's pretty noodlely. Those who say otherwise, I'm suspicious that they've never really sprinted in a good CF or aluminum road bike. But like I said, for hauling and generally reducing your carbon foot print, the X can't be beat.