Caught in an electric Trance!

Now that we’re done with the obvious, yet necessary pun…

Powerful. Capable. Inspiring. The 2019 Trance SX E+ Pro 1 introduces a different style of riding to your typical rip in the trails and is an experience like no other; from smartphone connectivity to ride quality, this bike is awesome! I rode it around the city and in the Don Valley for two days, and it was hard to get the smile off my face!

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Around the city, the instant power makes stop signs and red lights less of a nuisance, now that your acceleration of the line closely matches a car’s. The 140mm of travel in the rear and 160mm in front, renders potholes, bumps and streetcar tracks meaningless, especially when paired with the beefy 27.5+ tires. For a commuter this monster of a bike gives you confidence, speed and comfort, all while you get to work or school without sweating. It also makes that little piece of single track you pass by that much more tempting, knowing you won’t be late and won’t be defeated by the Dons’ punchy cliffside climbs.

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For my own riding and the trails I frequent, (lower Don, Science center and Loblaws areas) the highest level of assist is just too powerful! I found myself mostly using Levels 2 or 3, out of the 5, and still with significant benefit from the extra torque and power, meaning my two-hour ride covered more distance, because I didn’t need to stop and catch my breath.

Now for the Tech side of things. The Giant Aluxx frame, Fox suspension, Shimano XT 1×11 group with 4-piston brakes and Maxxis Minion DH tires, all deliver a predictable, smooth and responsive ride.

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The 2019 Trance SX E+ Pro 1 features their SyncroDrive Pro motor which delivers “360% support.” (Meaning tons of fun!) The weight, being an eBike, is still a downfall in my mind and does take some getting used to in-air and in tight technical sections.

All-in-all this bike is crazy fun and seriously impressive.

Special Thanks to Giant Bicycles Canada for providing this beast of a bike.

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My Sweet Ride & The Best Croissant, Ever!

Finally, the ride I’ve been waiting for and working for all summer, is mine. At the beginning of the season, I was teased into thinking it would come my way a little earlier than it did. Oh well, life doesn’t always pan out the way it’s planned out, and who can really complain when all that angst is in the past. Now that I have my Vado 4.0 (I’m naming it EldoVado) I can only look upward and go onward.

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Suddenly, with my Specialized Vado, I’m inclined to think up places to go with it. And now that I’m thinking about going places, having a destination would probably be a good idea. Initially and immediately, I thought of food! So I’m going off (on my Vado) in search of food, and in this instance, inspired by a local establishment, the specific food is called the croissant.

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Although probably not that original, I’m calling my search Quest for the Best…and in this croissant case, it’s the quest for the best real French croissant, baked by real French-trained pastry chefs. My best real croissant so far is from my neighbourhood Fleur du Jours at 603 St. Clair W near Wychwood. So now that I have the bar set (and set fairly high I might add), I’m starting to research and plan my next croissant conquest in the Quest for the Best to see if there is a more impressive croissant out there. 

Not only am I personaIy going on this search, I’m inviting anyone who cares to join my quest for the best to send in any entry you feel is deserving to be in the ‘competition’. Once we’ve   got a few competing patisseries to consider, I’ll get croissants from each of them for a ‘formal’ judging.

So now, on to the research. My next post in this quest will follow the leads/suggestions I get. More croissant quests to come…More croissant pounds to pedal away…

 

See you out there,

Cycling The 6ix

Test Ride: Specialized Turbo Vado

The Specialized Turbo Vado (recently previewed in Wired) is a beautiful thing. Once again I have the opportunity to try another in the awesome line up of e-bike brands and models at Gears Bike Shops and the Vado is certainly a pleasure to ride.

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My day off started with a short trip to get a brief treat, aroma espresso bar in Forest Hill Village. Taking a meandering route through the surrounding neighbourhood, I eventually found my intended destination, parked the Vado beside the patio and brought my coffee out along with my laptop.

One of the greatest attributes of the Vado is its belt-drive motor – it is very quiet! The low hum of the tires overpowers whatever sound may be coming from the motor itself. The Brose motor and Shimano drive-train provides an easy shifting and very responsive assist to help achieve any cycling challenge.

Looking for an interesting backdrop in a nearby neighbourhood to take a pic of the Vado, I went to Wychwood Barns in Hillsdale. After achieving my mission I started on my trip back home when I saw a woman standing with a folding e-bike (quite a popular model). She was speaking with a friend and when I noticed the conversation turn to the bike and its features, I went over to join the session.

My observation from this little ‘everyday story’ is that e-bike owners come in all shapes, sizes and walks-of-life, and each one of them becomes an advocate for this new wave of transportation and fun.

To understand what all the Vado buzz is about and why e-bikes are creating such a stir in cycling circles, drop by any of our Gears stores to try one, just for the fun of it. The guys and gals at Gears will welcome you and chat about your e-bike interests even if it’s just to learn why e-bikes are becoming so popular.