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Raleigh Tamland 1 First Impressions

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Raleigh Tamland 1 First Impressions

Old 05-05-17, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Zurichman2
shoota my ride report

The good the bad and the ugly or really the good and the bad as there really is no ugly of this bike.

The only thing I added to this stock bike was Shimano SPD Pedals model PD-M959 and a kind of sagging Brooks Waterford split in the middle saddle.

The Good

I live real close to the mt. So an 9 mile ride out until I hit the mt. On the way there the bike picks up lots of speed on the downhills because of the weight of the bike. I am @ 6 ft. and 200 lbs. The bike really tracks well an is responsive when you stand up on the bike because of the wider tires and I am guessing the front fork setup. It is also smooth as silk on the road. Something I didn't really notice until my 2 mile cool down ride. With the wide tire on this bike you can ride this bike very easily 1 handed. On a road bike it's twitching and you can't ride it very long one handed.

The Bad

So I am climbing the mt. now. It's around a 3 mile climb @ 5-8% grade the entire time. I am 6 ft. and 200 lbs. right now and on my triple Lemond Victoirre when we start climbing with most riders around me I am in the lead. This bike with the weight it was took all I could do today to climb that mountain. All I had on the bike was 2 water bottles and a mini pump no bags/tools/etc IMHO the bike is a sweet bike but it sure would be a better climber if it was about 2 lbs lighter or so. I had to stop 2-3 times on the climb for photo shoots of the new bike don't you know. The road was packed limestone and some places sandstone with washboard ruts. The bike had plenty of brakes for the descent. As rutty as it was the bike had more guts than I did on the way down.

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Great write up. The weight is one of the things I was worried about. Luckily I don't have any sustained climbs where I'll be but there are plenty of 10% rollers, one after another after another. That's why I bought a pair of AC MTB Races. If there's any place to spend money and lose weight it's the wheels. Our stock wheels are absolute boat anchors.
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