The Camino Report - part 3

By Ole Christian

After cycling the Camino back to Norway (read Part 2) and at the time of writing this I have a good 2700 km on the Camino. I have travelled loaded up with gear as if I was crossing continents, ridden at higher speeds without any luggage, across perfect pavement, on gravelroads, in mud, through snow, on twitchy and steep singletrack, climbed mountains and bombed back down at high speed. In every situation I have been in, the bike has handled beyond what I am accustomed to on my other bikes. It handles with great agility and confidence, always rendering a smile on my face.

The weight of my body seems really well placed within the frame. The frame seems stiff where it need be and compliant and dampening where called for. The all carbon fork lightens the bike, and gives excellent assuring handling in the turns. It really soaks up a lot of chatter from the ground too. The bike seems to adapt to the terrain and surface more skillfully than with any other bike I have been on. When I want it to act like a mountain bike it does so, and when I want to pace it like a roadbike it does a darn good job at that too. An amazing achievement in my opinion. Another point worth mentioning is how there is no toe overlap, despite the narrow wheelbase. This was such a nice discovery.

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