£2750 › Peace­ful, easy feel­ing ride

Cycling Plus - - ROAD TEST -

From the mo­ment we swung a leg over the Se­quoia, it felt a good place to be. The Phe­nom Comp sad­dle with its cutout, chan­nel and fab­ric cover is sup­port­ive and grippy, and the match­ing wo­ven tape on the wide, flared bar has a pur­pose­ful, com­fort­able feel.

The rid­ing po­si­tion feels like a nor­mal road bike, with room to stretch, and although the el­e­vated Hover bar and ta­pered head-tube make it a lit­tle taller than usual, it’s not cramped or un­duly lofty. Tuck­ing in to the drops got us low enough to feel ef­fi­cient.

The slim frame tubes are mostly round, although oval­is­ing is used for the chain­stays and the down-tube, where it meets the bot­tom bracket, while the round seat­stays are partly flat­tened for com­fort. The car­bon fork is straight with a square crown, flush thru-axle, plus fit­tings for bot­tle cages, lug­gage or mud­guards.

The down-tube guides have space for a front mech ca­ble if you’d pre­fer two rings, and there are ports for Di2 wiring if your idea of ad­ven­ture in­volves bat­tery-pow­ered shift­ing.

Al­low­ing for over­sized bot­tles and a frame bag, the seat-tube cage bolts sit as low as can be, and the down­tube of­fers two cage mount­ing op­tions. A third mount be­low, just in front of the bot­tom bracket, is a good op­tion for a spares stor­age bot­tle, and the back end of the frame ac­cepts a rack and mud­guard.

Clear­ances are im­pres­sive, es­pe­cially since the 42mm tyres in­flate to 45mm on the 30mm wide box sec­tion Cruzero rims. Spe­cial­ized’s Saw­tooth tread pat­tern rub­ber makes for a nicely rounded tyre with zig-zag lat­eral cuts that are shal­low on the cen­tral band, and deeper else­where, rolling smoothly on tar­mac, and pro­vid­ing enough grip for gravel and dirt, but not mud.

The driv­e­train is an in­ter­est­ing mix, with SRAM’s 1x Force shifter

The rid­ing po­si­tion feels like a nor­mal road bike, with room to stretch

Be­low Spe­cial­ized’s Phe­nom Comp sad­dle is a com­fort­able place to be Bot­tom SRAM’s 1x Force mech mixes with Ri­val and FSA to make up the driv­e­train

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