Sunday, 27 March 2011
Thorn Audax Mk3 - update
The Brooks B17 saddle is a real delight and seems to have broken in a lot faster than my other did 27 years ago. I've played around with the position a couple of times, fine-tuning the ergonomics is crucial. I've given it a few doses of Proofhide and have needed to tension the leather using the complimentary spanner.
I need to perfect the bike though. There's an irritating rattle, which I thought was the front mudguard and brake rubbing against each other. ON close examination, it's actually the mudguard rubbing against the fork. This is a potential rust problem, so I need to get that sorted this coming week. The mudguard is, I believe, just a little too wide. I should say, in defence of Thorn Cycles, this bike was built up in my local bike shop and some details like the exact mudguards were, shall we say, a little more flexible.
The smoothness of shift of shifting gears is fantastic. The rear cluster is fairly close ratio but even so, it is very quiet and quick with each of the components working well with each other. What does sunrise me is the ability to get these slick gear changes even when under pedal pressure. Having a Sram 9 speed cluster seemed a luxury but it all works well with the Shimano Deore mechs and Shimano bar end shifters. The ratios are good and useful.
Overall this is a well sorted bike. It fits the purpose of being a fast, practical bike that is versatile enough for commuting, light touring, day rides etc. I am looking forward to enjoying some longer day rides to really put it (and me!) through its paces.
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