And I'm pretty excited!
Bike feels great. I only rode it a couple of miles last night as it was getting dark by the time I got home. I like the all black look better than I thought. Can't wait to get it dirty.
It's a bit of a switch going from an upright seating position and I imagine it will take a couple of rides to get the arms/hands used to the new pressure points. I might start looking for some squishier grips and possibly different bars or bar ends to give me some additional hand positions.
Overall though nothing's jumping out at me yet to change. The saddle is actually pretty comfortable. I think I need to adjust it a bit as it rides a little high up front IMO but the rear portion feels fine.
The vulpines roll great (in my limited couple of miles) and and appear to handle nicely. I did throw some curves, corners, and playing around in in my testing. I'll see how they do in our local sandy south florida conditions after a few street & park rides.
The only thing I'm not really crazy about is the SRAM shifters. At heart I still prefer my old deore xt thumb shifters where I could switch between index & friction mode. I have yet to find shifters I like as well. I have spent time with grip shifters and shimano wishbone shifters. The SRAM shifters throw me off a bit since the up/down shifts are both thumb operated. I find my index finger keeps reaching for a shift lever. Also the thumb movement between the two feels awkward to me. Not enough space to move my thumb straight to the forward button. I feel I have to go under the first button to get to the forward button.
Still, I imagine I'll get used to it in time. But I am eyeing my thumb shifters on my old paramount...I just hate to take my first favorite bike apart. It just wouldn't feel right.
But other than weird shifting the bike is solid, comfortable and seems to handle pretty well.
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