Well, it’s about time I said a little something more about this bike. I’ve taken it, or it’s taken me, through two not particularly easy gravel events, and a few hundred miles of commuting, give or take, at this point. So how is it, right?!
Well, it’s great. It’s a fantastic bike. It is superb on the gravel, on the trail, and the commute. Though I’m currently riding mixed condition somewhat aggressive tires, it is very fast. It is truly a bike for any road, and all conditions. And it handles them all well. Well done Planet X. Great design and execution, and at an incredible price point.
The Dickie Scramble was my most recent event, and a pretty dang good test for this machine. There was much climbing, and seemingly endless slogging through a relentless headwind. Some very fast and twisty descents as well, both gravel and Tarmac. But then — a treacherous steep, muddy, and rocky descent and then a similar (except less muddy) ascent. We call these MMR’s around here. Minimum Maintenance Road. This could hardly be called a road. More like a mountain goat path. But the bike handled all of it like a champ. It was made for this kind of stuff.
So, yeah I really like the bike. I gave up two other bikes, both which I quite liked, but it was all worth it. And I will say this. For those who have avoided aluminum frame bikes, like I had, you might want to give them another look. One of the main concerns I had about this bike was “would it be comfortable enough”. Would the bike gently carry me through 100 mile bone jarring events, or would it beat me up the whole way? I will say, unequivocably, the former and not the latter.
But now, I’ve got to get out there and train. Because the only thing the London Road is missing now is a better motor!