|@ Gravelly Point, Washington Monument and a landing airplane in the background.|
The outbound trip was a huge success, I felt strong and barely noticed the three hill's and had enough flats and downhill sections to make me feel like higher gearing was definitely in order. Once I got to Gravelly Point though, I realized that I'd had a nice tailwind... the trip back was still good but I did stand in the saddle twice to get up two of the hill's. I think I'd still be ok with a bit higher gearing, maybe 44x17, or 45x17 as opposed to my current 40x17. We'll see.
The new, original moustache bar's are excellent, just like on the Atlantis but w/out bar-end shifters. I do notice the slight reduction in hand area that was afforded by the shifter pods. The Dia-Compe canti brake resucitation worked better than I had anticipated, good enough that I just cancelled my order for some Tektro 720's at least for now. Overall the ride of the XO is very nice, it is the most maneuverable, quickest turning bike I have which makes sense. I let a bit of air out of the Big Apple's and improved the ride noticeably. Hands free riding seems very stable... if you are getting the picture that I'm a fan of this bike you would be correct!
|No bar-end shifters adds the opportunity for some flair... 2009 was a good year!|
|I love the seat-stay decal's best... even if they are fairly obscurred even w/out a rear rack.|
|My nemisis... despite multiple ammonia bath's the seatpost has not budged even a little. I can ride at the current height but I'd really prefer about an inch less...|