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Alfons

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Hello,
my name is Alfons and I live in Iceland. I have been commuting and gravel riding for 5 years. Currently I am on a Flyxii 602 frame which I basically like a lot, however, due to problems in my lower back I would like to go for a frame with a higher stack.

Does anyone has experience with frames from gotobike?
This one in particular?
http://www.gotobike.com.cn/product/showproduct.php?lang=en&id=35

Greeting from the North...:-)
Alfons
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mda

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Yes I ordered that exact frame, built it up, and had my first serious ride on it today. I'm much more of a roady, and this is my first gravel bike, so i can't really help on meaningful comparisons. I do really like the new Schwalbe G-One Bite 38mm tires 😉

Communication with the vendor via chat and email was fine.
The finish on the frame wasn't exactly what i expected -- not completely raw and not completely glossy black. That might bother some people and if so you better make sure they know what you expect.

I should have pushed for 386evo compatible BB shell but to be honest was ignorant about all these standards and how they work across shell, BB, and crank. It came with a 86 shell.

The fork comes with a long steerer which i'm about to cut down. Of course I have no idea how much of an elevated bar you want -- but anyway with the huge variety of stems available today that shouldn't be a challenge.

Unfortunately the fork arrived with brake mounts inserts not aligned properly. I'm sure I could have documented it and had them send me a replacement, but I didn't want to wait. Instead i paid an extra $100 to my local shop to ream it out and get it properly aligned. Again, my choice.

I was attracted to the geometry with its longer CS and lower BB.
I'm guessing that is why you might be looking at it too. So far no issues there.

There is enough mud clearance in the rear with the 38mm Schwalbes, but no way would i want to go wider if going into mud. The fork has plenty of clearance; i could definitely go wider there if I wanted.


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Alfons

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Good evening,
thank you for your reply.

Congratulations ....the bike looks really nice on the picture....black and clean lines.
However, the details on the brake mounts and on the finish make me reconsider.

Currently my bar is quiet elevated, actually it is 1 cm higher than the saddle. I use an adjustable 12.5 cm stem with around 45° or so. I have no problems with stem stiffness, however, reach gets a bit short by this and the bike feels sometimes a bit unstable. The advantage is, on the other hand, that I can use the drops a lot without getting back pain....:-)
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mda

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Hi Alfons -

The uncut steerer is well below my saddle height -- but I think you will find that to be generally true. 

I got a Kinekt body float suspension seatpost on that gotobike.
People I ride with make fun of me saying what I really need is a dropper 😉.
But so far I'm liking it, and prefer it slightly over a few other suspension seatposts I've tried in the past.
I would think it would help anyone with back issues.

btw, a local (to me in San Francisco) just started THESIS : thesis.bike
I would have bought one instead had I known that it was his secret startup before I ordered my gotobike.

-mda
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