The ubiquitous drop-bar road bike\012has been around for decades, and its design has seen little change aside from geometry\012trends and frame materials. This is due primarily to the UCI, the governing body that dictates and standardizes bicycles for competition.\012The Spot Brand Acme is a fresh break from the norm, and embodies everything those\012traditional, stuffy road bikes are not.\012\012A swept-back and ergonomic riser\012bar, progressive, upright geometry, hydraulic disc brakes, internally geared rear hub, and belt\012drive will all prevent the Acme from lining up at a ProTour race \227 but that\012doesn't mean this bike isn't fast. Spot uses its proprietary 7005 aluminum\012frame to give the Acme a distinctive and lively ride. It's shaped and butted (the\012tubing's thinner in the center), so the frame's light, stiff, and responsive,\012yet it will flex slightly over choppy pavement.\012\012This adds comfort to the long haul,\012and so does the carbon fork. But, this isn't any old carbon fork \227 it has been\012optimized for the loads powerful disc brakes place on it. Traditional carbon\012forks can't handle the braking forces of modern hydraulic brakes, Avid Elixir 1's\012in this case, because the forces twist the fork, and pull the wheel out of the\012dropout \205 not exactly safe. Thanks to Spot's thoroughness you won't have to\012worry about a haphazard, unsafe ride.\012\012Spot's attention to detail continues\012with the rest of the Acme's part specs. Most notable is Shimano's Alfine rear\012hub. This hub houses eleven gears, covering everything from a hill-climbing\012granny to a descent-blazing high ratio. The Alfine hub is highly regarded for\012its smooth operation and low maintenance. If you're of the 'set it and forget\012it' nature, you'll enjoy the Alfine's simple operation.\012\012That freedom from constant servicing\012and tuning continues with the Acme's advanced Gates Carbon Drive system.
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