Bicycling April 2017

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2 min.
what bike should i buy?

1 Besides a three- or four- or million-year run of the maddening (but ultimately enlightening) monolithic “why?” when my daughter was young, the question that frames this year’s Buyer’s Guide just might be—without exaggeration—the thing I’ve been asked most in my lifetime. And probably one of the top-ten sparks to what becomes my own selfinterrogations into who I am, what I want out of life, and whether I’m down with internal cable routing or not. It’s the most ubiquitous question in cycling—and the inevitable inquiry when someone you meet anywhere anytime finds out you’re a cyclist. It might be the most important question, too. I’ll get back to you on that. I’m way too occupied searching for an answer to: WHAT BIKE SHOULD I BUY IF I WANT THEM ALL? 2…

3 min.
q “what’s a good first road bike?”

BECAUSE,HUCKERY I lent the Carbon 105 to a friend who owns an aluminum Grade. Afterward he told me that despite the carbon model’s stiffer ride, “Both instill the same attitude in the rider: absolute huckery and mischievousness.” No matter what else you find out about yourself as a cyclist after riding the Carbon 105, if you discover (or confirm) huckery and mischievousness, you’ve picked the right bike. a good first bike is one that gets you excited every time you look at it, think about it, talk about it. A bike that makes you always want to ride. You probably—just a guess—don’t want to spend a ton, and you expect it to do some heavy lifting, performing on the road, but maybe also on a towpath, in a charity ride, or on a…

2 min.
“i like riding fast, but i don’t race.”

we’ve sampled many of the new endurance models, and the Roadmachine is one of the more race-influenced, with quicker reflexes, a crisper-feeling ride, and cleaner frame design (no shocks, decouplers, or springs) with some aerodynamic shaping. A flat headset bearing cap allows one of the lowest bar positions among its peers. (If you want a higher bar, it’s still possible with BMC’s 20mm taller headset cap.) BMC also built in more vertical compliance than is found in a racing bike, and more control via disc brakes and a slightly stretched wheelbase. Wide-range gearing, clearance for larger tires, and hidden fender mounts offer additional versatility. Our Roadmachine 02 Ultegra weighs just over 18 pounds for a size 54: not unreasonable, but it does reflect the weight penalty of the 11-32 wide-range cassette…

2 min.
“i want a bike that will stand out.”

Everyone does the same thing as they roll up to a ride: pick out the fast riders; see who showed up for the first time in weeks; and, most important, see if anyone has a new bike. But these days, it’s hard to tell—most group rides have become a sea of black-on-black, blackand- white, and red-and-white frames, with the occasional pop of green. Unless you’re on the brilliant blue, pink–polka dotted, Basso Diamante MAAP. Italian brand Basso (no relation to retired professional rider Ivan Basso) isn’t widely known in the US, but it’s celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Every bike is manufactured, painted, and assembled in Vicenza, Italy. Basso co-sponsors a Melbourne-based amateur race team with Australian apparel company MAAP, and the two brands codesigned this paint scheme (the frame…

2 min.
“i want to go bike camping.”

EFF YEA! GET YOUR TOOKUS OUT THERE! YOU’VE GOT OPTIONS, TOO. You can go bikepacking on everything from dropbar road bikes to mountain bikes to fat bikes (I’ve done it). Here are four top choices and the conditions they’re best equipped to handle. although the fargo’s steel frame and carbon Salsa Firestarter fork are rigid, the high-volume, 27.5+ (three-inch wide) Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires offer a fairly plush ride and superb traction. Loaded down with three days’ worth of camping gear and supplies, the Fargo excelled over rough, rocky dirt roads and floated over sandy sections that would cause a skinnier tire to knife. The bike takes singletrack in stride as long as it’s not too steep or technical—then a regular flat-bar mountain bike with a suspension fork becomes a better choice. And…

3 min.
q “should i get a full-suspension or hardtail mountain bike?”

IF YOU’VE GOT $1,500, GO FULL SUSPENSION, BECAUSE ON THE HAWK HILL YOU CAN GET: 120mm of front and rear wheel travel Hydroformed alloy frame with modern long, low, and slack geometry 27.5-inch wheels Meaty Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires Shimano Deore drivetrain with single (1x) chainring with narrow/wide teeth for chain retention and wide-range 11-42 cassette Shimano hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors What you won’t get at this price Dropper post IT USED TO BE that to get a great mountain bike at an introductory price, a hardtail was the best bet—the cost of adding suspension was money better spent on nicer components. Now, prices have dropped to the point where some high-performing full-suspension bikes are also real bargains. The Marin Hawk Hill is one of them. I took this trail bike for a blast around the loose and…