"nodiak" <[email protected]
> wrote in message news:[email protected]
> Howdy, I'd like to hear how you like the bike. I've done a short ride on one and get to ride it a
> few more times this week, this one has a 39" wheelbase (whoa) still handles well, smooth on the
> road (passive susp. in frame?), and is really well made. Will get to adjust it to me (5'9". 31
> inseam,43 xseam) as best as possible and ride about 10 miles a couple days this week, but that
> will be it, will gladly comment in this thread after. Do any of you long term owners want to
> comment (or anyone else with experience of course), particularly about longer rides (centuries,
> tours), I think it would be great around town with short wb and quick 20" wheels. The midrive
> seems interesting, how well does it serve the purpose? I've thought it would be cool to make a
> stretched one, 44-46" wheelbase maybe. TIA,Don
Are you sure you checked the wheelbase right? They list a 42" wheelbase on their web site, but that
could vary with the frame size (there are 3 sizes). I have a medium frame with the 42" wheelbase,
and I am 5'8" with a 40.5" x-seam. I have the seat right on top of the mid-drive, and I can put both
feet down very comfortably. If you want a slightly longer wheelbase, you might want to check if the
large frame size has a different wheelbase.
I have been playing around with it since last fall, but only started commuting (9 mi each way) with
it every day for a couple weeks now. I finally got a RANS rear rack on it this week instead of the
gym bag I had tied to the back until now. It is about as low as I would be comfortable riding in
rush hour traffic (any lower means sucking SUV tailpipes
). The mid-drive is great for finding
the right gear, and I have a bad history with front derailleurs. The maneuverability is excellent
when commuting in some potentially very stupid situations.
It supposedly has passive suspension in the rear stays and the shock cord-laced seat bottom. The
small wheels still scare me a bit on wide bridge seams and poorly kept rail crossings, as I had some
bad flats with the front wheel on the Horizon, but the weight distribution is more even between the
wheels on the Tiger, and I haven't felt it take any hits that hard.
I am hoping to take some longer rides in the near future. Hopefully, this bike will go on the
Emerald Necklace century this summer.