August 30, 2013

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Spot Brand Acme Review

I love this bike. I’ve ridden it 2,400 km over the last 8 months. I've never owned a bike with hydraulic brakes, belt drive or internal gears so I can't compare it to anything similar. I’ve been a year-round commuter in a northern climate for 25 continuous years and I wanted a bike that I could ride while putting little effort into maintenance. So far, the Acme has met expectations. In the first week, I had to adjust the hub for cable stretch. After a month, I had to adjust the hydraulic brakes for pad wear. After 3 months, I had a broken spoke replaced. At 1,000 km, I had to complete the first scheduled oil change. The stock brake pads wore quickly but since I’ve replace them, they have been maintenance free. I haven’t needed to touch the bike since then. The stock tires are effectively puncture resistant because I haven’t had a flat which is unusual for me unless running something like Swalbe Marathons. The bike stops, goes and handles wonderfully in all conditions. I ride in hilly country; I pound the pedals very hard. No one notices how good the bike looks because I’m riding too fast for them to notice. I can’t comment that this bike may be on the heavy side since I think it’s quite light for a commuter and fellow commuters instinctively pick up the bike when they see it, go “ooooooo” and smile broadly. I bought maintenance kits for the hub and brakes to avoid trips to the bike shop. The hub oil change was easy. Avid hydraulic brake instructions are inadequate because the instructions are devoted to fluid change only – in fact, there are at least three typical types of service eg, air removal, fluid top-up / pad setting, fluid change. It took time recognize the difference and that different procedures are needed for each. The only thing I felt necessary to modify is to install ergo grips, fenders and toe clips, cut 4" of the handle bars, drop them as low as possible and cut off the excess from the steering tube. This bike is a dream come true.

Ed more than 1 year ago