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Old 08-01-19, 10:04 AM
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Nice color choice, too!
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Old 08-01-19, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
Nice color choice, too!
Thanks, the official name for the paint color is "gloss storm grey", but it is definitely a nature-inspired blue-grey. I was pleased when it arrived at my local bike shop :-). For someone looking for a comfortable, laid-back ride, but still wants to go further than on a fat-tire bike, this is a real nice choice IMHO. I actually went in there asking about fat-tire bikes, but once the guy found out that I wanted to ride more than "around your own neighborhood" as he put it, and I discussed specific pain points, he steered me to this. Not saying this is the bike for all, but for me, I think he gave me the right advice.
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Old 08-02-19, 10:36 AM
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Great posts and discussion. Im also big and looking to get smaller. Im 64 250lbs and currently ride a Giant Fastroad but find it stressful on arms, shoulders and low back on longer rides.

I tested the Roll, Giant Cypress and Giant Roam. The Roll was very comfortable on the flat but a beast uphill. I dont think Id be able to keep up with my riding friends who get 11-14 mph on average. The Cypress was not bad but Id have to test it again on the right size frame. The Roam was faster and smooth, but the riding position a little more bent over, which is why the Roll was more comfortable by comparison.

Youre right. Everything comes with compromises and trade offs. Id love to find something as comfortable as the Roll but with the ability to ride fast and go uphill.
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Old 08-02-19, 08:07 PM
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The biggest impediment to "efficiency" with the Roll is the seat tube angle. It's pretty laid back, which puts the crank further out in front of you than on most other bikes. As you observed, comfort is high (especially on flat), but it'll be difficult to keep the pedaling force going sitting so far behind the crank (relatively speaking, of course).

If you like the Cypress and the Roam, note that you can install shorter and higher stems that will move the handlebar higher and further back. I've done this on my Roam. This may get you the comfort you're seeking in terms of riding position, while also keeping some efficiency in your pedal strokes to be able to sustain your cadence on hills.

Compromises and trade-offs are the names of this game, you're absolutely right.
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Old 08-03-19, 06:44 AM
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YankeeRider, its almost like you read my mind. Everything that you said about the Roll is exactly how I feel about mine. A fantastic bike for where I am in my life & my riding style.
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