• Matt

    Very cool bike, I almost preordered one but it was a bit of a risk not having one hands-on. I look forward to seeing some around Portland.

    That looked like Firelane 5!

    January 30, 2017
  • John Smith

    Great review. Would love to see more coverage of 650b/650b+ bikes and gear! 🙂

    January 30, 2017
  • Jason Ferrier

    There is a big downside to having the triple bottle bosses towards the rear of the fork – if the load is not fully secured or comes loose, it will get pulled into the wheel. When this happens, it will wedge in between the fork blade and the wheel and cause a pretty nasty crash.

    I know several people that seems to be unlucky quite often with not securing their loads correctly or safely and this would be catastrophic for them to have this configuration.

    January 30, 2017
  • Jeremy Spencer

    That can happen with the bosses facing straight out as well. I’ve seen it a few times. As you say, it depends on the load, bad packing, equipment failure… It’s a possibility with both orientations but not a certainty. Rotating the triple-cage bosses toward the rear does two things: it decreases fork flop and improves handling; and it discourages [and makes all but impossible] overloading the fork with big/strappy/messy bags, which has been the case when I’ve seen this happen before. Less clearance necessitates lower-profile gear. Low-rider braze-ons are there for panniers to hold bigger loads.

    January 30, 2017
  • sang

    hey Russ, great review on a great looking bike. can you comment on the size 54cm standover height and your height and inseam? 750mm from the website would be pretty tall for someone like me with a 30in inseam. thanks!

    February 01, 2017
  • Hey there Sang,
    I’m 5’8 with a 29 inch inseam and the bike was a good fit. The handlebars had a long ramp, so I would have preferred a shorter bar with some flare, but otherwise it was great. Laura is 5’9 but with a longer inseam and found it too small.

    Hope that helps.

    February 01, 2017
  • IronMac

    Russ, that’s quite interesting to know! I am 5’8″-5’7″ (probably the latter as one shrinks with age) with an inseam of 30 inches (measured according to what was asked for on the Rawland site).

    February 02, 2017

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