There are more than enough review articles in each editions of the cycling related magazines as well as many resourceful website. But, what does it really take to write a review?
To me, I like really reviews which had a go at the downside of the product instead of cheering every bit of it. After all, none of the products around us would be perfect right. I guess it’s much depended on whether if the upsides suit your needs and the downsides are so happen to be something you don’t really care about.
Earlier in the afternoon, I was having a bit of luck in running into an image of the Blue AC1 SL LE aero road bike. The AC1 really caught my eyes. But don’t get me wrong, I am no big fan of nice paint job and or nicely looking design bicycle weapon. I am more into a better functional design which leads to better overall experience.
Having said that, I google a little bit more about the bike, and I must admitted that one of the results was one of the BEST review that I ever read in my cycling life. If you so happen to have the spare time, you will be able to find the review from here at triradar.
There are a total of 4 parts at the review, here are some of the quotes from it:
On two fast one-hour rides the Blue didn’t feel extra fast and when we repeated the rides on a non-aero bike of the same weight with similar wheels we went quicker by 1mph.
The cable routing into the top tube behind the stem is neat but the rear brake cable sticks out where it exits and it touches your leg with every pedal stroke.
The AC1 SL weighs 6.76kg but feels heavier as there’s a lot of flex around the bottom bracket. Hard efforts seem to be absorbed by the frame and the rear triangle flexes so the Zipps rub the brakes when you’re out of the saddle.
Fast descents, even in a straight line, can feel scary as the wheels don’t agree on a direction of travel. Cornering is inaccurate and we encountered some shimmy while tucked in and freewheeling once above about 40mph.
Seriously, triradar is a mega commercial site which had a lot of commercial relationships. You will expect them to be enlarging the good aspect by about 5 to 6 times and having limited words with the “not-so-good” area. I had been taking some time off in reading the other bikes’ reviews at the site. None of them are like this truth telling. So, it is either they don’t like the Blue or its nothing but the whole truth.
P.S. If you are going to read the article in detail, the comments are the must read. Someone is actually rejecting the details of the review and the reviewer is having his explanations on what he wrote as well. Anyway, here is the full link again. http://www.triradar.com/2012/02/02/blue-ac1-sl-bike-review/