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S3X Ride Report

February 24, 2010

I finished building the S3X equipped Capo on Saturday, and I finally got to take it out on the road Sunday morning and it is unfuckingbelievably awesome.

The ride quality was everything I’d hoped for: light build, fast frame, comfortable set up, and ideal gear combinations.  The S3X ratios are set up a little differently than traditional Sturmey three speed hubs, so calculating the correct cog and chainring sizes required a little more arithmetic than I typically employ in everyday bike building.  With high gear as direct drive, 2nd gear at 75%, and 1st gear at 62.5% my 46/14 gear combo with 172.5 cranks equated to the following gear inch calculations: 86.3, 64.7, and 53.9.

Sunday’s ride was a 20 mile countryside ramble and the bike couldn’t have performed better.  1st gear was perfect for riding through town, 2nd gear kept me spinning comfortably on the flats and hills, and 3rd gear let me really blaze down the hills without spinning out.

After riding a traditional fixed gear for so long, it is an extreme test of willpower not to instinctively skid the back tire to slow the bike, but this was only an issue in town.  Once the bike was out in the country, the last thing I wanted to do was slow down.  This bike has made long road rides fun again.  With a $200 price tag on the hub kit, it’s not a cheap project, but it’s well worth it.  This bike is living at the shop for now and it’s available for test rides.  Highly recommended.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. dave the busdriver permalink
    February 25, 2010 2:08 am

    Fixie street cred (backwheel skid)& Bikesnob seal— love the synergy.

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