Some choice up­grades have re­ally com­ple­mented the Bro­ken Road

Mountain Biking UK - - LONG-TERM RIDES -

The Bro­ken Road con­tin­ues to im­press as an ex­tremely ver­sa­tile plat­form for long days in the sad­dle. Not only is the ti­ta­nium frame dif­fi­cult to fault, of­fer­ing a great level of com­fort thanks to both its geom­e­try and the buzz-ab­sorb­ing rear-end flex al­lowed by this won­der metal, but the car­bon fi­bre fork and bar I’ve fit­ted are the per­fect match.

Plus tyres can feel vague, but the su­per-re­spon­sive and pre­cise Niner fork gives the front end a tighter-track­ing feel, with the squish of the rub­ber pro­vid­ing the bump ab­sorp­tion that the rigid fork lacks. With its nine de­grees of back­sweep, the Ritchey WCS Bull­moose bar/ stem adds even more com­fort. I doubt that there’s a lighter cock­pit so­lu­tion that would ben­e­fit bikepack­ers as much.

My dual-pis­ton Rever me­chan­i­cal disc brakes are now fully bed­ded in and have made for an in­ter­est­ing up­grade. Su­per-sim­ple to set up and easy to fet­tle out on the trail, I’ve been more than happy with their per­for­mance. There’s a no­tice­able lack of all-out power com­pared to hy­draulic brakes, but for me, their good mod­u­la­tion, easy ad­justa­bil­ity and sim­ple main­te­nance make up for this. I might be dis­ap­pointed with them if I was rac­ing or rid­ing bike parks, but for the rel­a­tively low-in­ten­sity brak­ing needed for bikepack­ing, they make the grade. www.alp­­der

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