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DB Haanjo Trail first impressions

Old 09-27-17, 05:39 PM
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DB Haanjo Trail first impressions

Last week I asked about adding a front chainring to a single speed Raleigh Willard but ended up getting the DB Haanjo Trail because of the nicer components and double chainring.

I worked from home today to receive delivery of the Haanjo Trail. It shipped on Monday and got here for free in 2 days--pretty good. DB's website said an adult signature was required but the Fedex guy didn't even ask for one.

Anyway, my heart sank a little when the size sticker on the seat tube read "L 5'9" to 6'" whereas the DB website said Large is for 5'10" to 6'1". I'm a tad over 6' and have long arms. I was wishing then I had found a Large to test ride.

Did I mention I also broke a big mirror on Tuesday? Really.

Assembly was super easy and I like how they not only include a torque wrench (and pedal wrench) but also have the torque settings etched next to the seat tube clamp and handlebar clamps.

I felt weird about pumping the tires to just 45psi (50psi max). The top tube was definitely in the right place. I have a 32" inseam and I can't imagine someone who is 5'9" straddling the bike without serious contact. The cockpit also seemed short compared to my 58cm road bike.

However, once I got up on the saddle, the bike felt just right. The more upright position was good on the back and arms. I'm also really happy I didn't go for the single speed Raleigh. The Ultegra shifters were as nice as on my road bike and DB had dialed the shifting in nicely. The smaller ring was nice on the hills. The chunky wrap on the handlebars was very comfortable even without gloves. Looking down at the writing on the stem made me chuckle because the script "Eroica" looks like it should be another word. Looking down at the fat tires will take some getting used to, but I didn't feel any slower than on my 28s running 90psi. And it is really nice to ride over seams or bumps in the road and not worry about being jarred out of the handlebars. I've never ridden disc brakes before so I was expecting to be launched over the bars on the first hard brake but I was underwhelmed. I think those will need to be adjusted.

I hope I don't jynx it, but I think this is the bike I've been wanting my whole life. Now I need to decide whether to move my Look pedals from road bike or my double sided SPD/platform pedals from the MTB going to my Dad.

Paul

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How did you break the mirror? Ha, just kidding. Congrats. Sounds like you found your soul bike.

The advantage of hydro brakes is in the modulation. My 160/160 mech brakes have plenty of power, just don't have nearly the modulation as the SRAM Guides on my trail bike.

Where's the obligatory photo?
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Originally Posted by Ryder1
Where's the obligatory photo?
Looks like I need to have 10 posts before I can link a picture. Pictures are forthcoming.
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Get the brake pads adjusted correctly and give it some time and they will brake way better than they do now. Almost all disc brakes need a little break-in time.
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OK, figuring out this picture posting thing. I didn't realize I could attach files earlier.

I was trying to cut down a bathroom mirror to fit into a frame I built. The break didn't follow the score line. And no lie, right before I took this pic, my neighbor's black cat ran across my porch.

And here's the bike. It's still got all the factory stickers on it. I didn't realize it earlier until I saw this pic, but the saddle is fairly nosed down. Going to see about leveling it some and see if that affects my comfort.

I also have a 58cm road bike and that saddle is way high and I've made efforts to raise the stem, but this 56cm Trail seems to work just right for me. Time will tell.

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Atgcpaul, thanks for the info on the Haanjo Trail. I've been shopping these bikes.
Now that you have the tires inflated, can you measure the stand over height (in the middle of the TT) and effective top tub length of your bike and post them?
Diamondback says 837mm for stand over and 560mm for ETT.

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I never get over how good the 2017 Haanjos look. I'm afraid DB is gonna screw up the 2018s! No matter, my 2017 will just be all the sweeter.
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Aatgcpaul, thanks for the info on the Haanjo Trail. I've been shopping these bikes.
Now that you have the tires inflated, can you measure the stand over height (in the middle of the TT) and effective top tub length of your bike and post them?
Diamondback says 837mm for stand over and 560mm for ETT.
I measured nearly 33" (or pretty close to 837mm) for the stand over height. ETT is 22" or about 560mm.
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Thank you.
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Originally Posted by atgcpaul
I measured nearly 33" (or pretty close to 837mm) for the stand over height. ETT is 22" or about 560mm.

Not knowing these bikes, is your's carbon. How much did the bike weigh without pedals?

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Originally Posted by Zurichman2
Not knowing these bikes, is your's carbon. How much did the bike weigh without pedals?

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It's an aluminum frame with carbon fork. I don't have a scale, though.
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Originally Posted by atgcpaul
I've never ridden disc brakes before so I was expecting to be launched over the bars on the first hard brake but I was underwhelmed. I think those will need to be adjusted.
The pads just need to be bedded in.
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