a Cross Country Rider
from Sheffield / South Yorshire / ENG
Date Reviewed: October 6, 2003
Strengths: This bike looks great with its wide Easton alloy tubes and Vuelta XRP Aero Plus wheels, bomb proof as described below. Its light and pretty quick with a change of tires and even handles those rough and technical downhill sections excellently for a cross-country bike. The frame is very robust, responsive and provides a very smooth and comfortable ride. Best of all this English hand built bike offers a lifetime’s guarantee, Priceless, although I reckon I won’t be needing it.
Weaknesses: With its high frame and the Kore Lite 2 bars and stem the gear levers take huge gauges out the frame and almost cut through the cables when you need to bail out and the bars cross over the frame. There are a few simple and easy ways to get around this, although a change of handlebars solved this for me. The other choice would have been to change the stem with a higher reach, although, I would not ever compromise on the Thomson Elite.
I have great confidence in this product and with its lifetime guarantee I’m sure the manufacturers do too. It’s a great ride smooth, light, fast and very robust. With all its components it was a good buy and good value for money. However, like any bike you always want new and better parts than you already have so on reflection you might be as well buying the cheaper model with the same frame and lifetimes guarantee. I have so far replaced the Kore stem with a Thomson Elite and its non-descript seat post with the Thompson Elite also. I have also replaced the Kore Lite 2 bars wit a pair of Easton Pro Taper (up riser) bars to overcome the problem mentioned above. The folks are average and will definitely need replacing when you start taking the bike to greater extremes, definately my next purchase. The wheels, well what can I say, Surprised, these wheels are Bomb Proof after driving my car clean over them and with not even a scratch on them. I will inevitably change most of the components that originally came on the bike eventually but overall this bike has been a good purchase for me and would recommend anybody to give it a try. This bike carries The George Cross, very well and I for one feel honored to own a Bike with the Claud Butler name.
Bike Setup: Claud Butler – Olympus 2002, XT gear set, Grimeca disk brakes, Vuelta USA XPR Lite Aero Plus wheels (Bomb Proof, Even tried and tested by driving over them in my car, not even a scratch) Sella Italia saddle, Thomson Elite seat post, Rock Shox Judy XC folks, next to be changed but quite impressed for the price, Easton ProTaper bars, Integrated Cane Creek ZST headset and Thomson Elite stem.
Finally got my camera, and played around with it a bit last night. Figured I would give an initial review of it for people that are interested.
Camera: Olympus Tough TG-830
The Good: Shock-proof up to 7ft, Waterproof up to a depth of 35ft, decent photo's
The Bad: Price, "heavy feat ... Read More »
A few shots here from our trip to Chamonix the French Alps. I used the Olympus EPL-3 with the Panasonic 1.7 50mm Lens for pretty much all of the trip. Quite a compact little camera with full manual controls the my bulky SLR has. Have a look through the blog if you are considering a new po ... Read More »
Finally taken the plunge and bought the new olympus OMD EM-5. At the moment I just have the 20mm panasonic 1.7 lens. Fits really easilly into the camelback and there are some real nice lenses available for this little pocket rocket. I have a few test images on the blog which can be reached [URL="htt ... Read More »
At lower loop, I'm almost positive this morning... :sad: Didn't realize it until now but I thought I heard thump going down near the first water bar. Long shot, but would you let me know if you come across silver Olympus µ? It's about 5 years old, but still takes pretty nice picture. Thanks!Read More »
OK, I know this thread makes next to no sense in the 29er forum, but I bought a camera (E420) based on a thread here.
SO, E420 users, what are you using for a bag? I have the pancake lense and I bought a Loweprowe Mini, but its still about two sizes too big. It makes having such a small camer ... Read More »