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Sam Hillborne Side View

This was really the first time I've had a chance to tool around on one of the expanded frame designs.

 

First off, it doesn't quite hit you as hard in person as when you stare at side view images online or in the catalogs. Yeah, there's an upslope to the top tube, but a Giant TCR (or any number of new bikes) it ain't.

 

Then, when you climb aboard, you don't really notice it. It might feel a touch more nimble than the Hilsen, but there were a lot of other variables as far as bar height, saddle setup, lack of bags and racks, etc.

 

The bottom line is just that it rides like a Riv. And that is great thing in my book. Solid at speed, corners like a demon and perfectly balanced at slow speeds. It would be interesting to take one onto the trails or up the mountain, but it definitely gets my thumbs up.

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Taken on March 27, 2010