About Ridingagainstthegrain

Like many of my peers, before I delve too deeply into a new hobby and before I make a major equipment purchase, I let my fingers do the walking and do some online research.  When doing that research, there are many different types of results that one obtains.  There are the “manufacturer’s comments” type of review, the “no detail other than to say I love/hate this product” type of review, etc.  Once in a great while, I’m lucky enough to run across a detailed review that provides adequate information to base a purchase decision on.  That’s what I’m hoping to do with RATG…to provide information to my peers, that will help them make better decisions.  No punches pulled, no holds barred.  For more background, read the first post…

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6 thoughts on “About Ridingagainstthegrain

  1. Great blog – love the consistency…I have a question if you don’t mind: Salsa cycles…Having a hard time deciding between a colossal 2, a vaya 2 and a warbird 2. Wondered if you’d weigh in…I’m 46, and just got hit by a car – the accident didn’t hurt me too much, but the Cannondale carbon 6 6 that I put several thousand miles on did not survive. I had some mavic ksyrium wheels on it and loved the bike and it’s 105 components – even after 5 years. I’m 5’10 and weigh around 220 now…my avg road ride speed usually was around 17mph (solo). My question is, will the vaya be too slow – the reason i’m considering it is i’d like to get off the road a bit more…worried that the vaya will be a slug – not that I’m in search of a sub 15lb ride or anything…which one of the three? and will i notice the aluminum warbird being too harsh compared to my canon dale?

    • What kind of riding are you looking to do? Gravel? Pave? All of the above? Group rides?

      I don’t think a Vaya would be a slug, but unless you need rack/fender mounts, I’d look at the Warbird over the Vaya. I think it would be less of a shock in transitioning for you.

      As for the Warbird versus Colossal, in large measure that’s a question of how much tire clearance you need. There are geometry questions as well, but the Warbird will give you a bit more flexibility for bigger tires (and you can run some HUGE tires on it).

      Without knowing more, unless you’re looking to run racks or fenders, I’d probably lean towards the Warbird. If you had a heavy emphasis on road, I’d look at the Colossal.

  2. Thanks for taking the time – truly appreciated…Last one: you don’t think the Warbird would be too harsh compared to the Cannondale Carbon?

    • With good tires, set up tubeless, the vast majority of the problem can be addressed. If you persist with issues, you can use a better seat post and/or bars to address vibration issues. But overall no, I don’t think it would be too harsh.

      Warbird Ti is pretty sweet, if you can swing it, though…and a bit sweeter riding.

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