Well, it’s finally happened: the Fixcraft Prototype build has been built and I played a pickup Sunday with it.
Now, I can’t really go into very many specifics as this is a prototype bike (so anything I said about it, positive or negative, might not hold true for the final production run of the bike itself), but I can and will say this: game changer.
Game. Effing. Changer.
I wanted to play for the rest of the day.
I wanted to leave my car at the court and bike all the way home.
I wanted to sleep next to it.
I lowered my gearing by about 2 1/2 teeth (ratio wise), my position on the bike is more aggressive, and the frame itself is tight and responsive. It makes my 925 feel like an 18 wheeler in comparison, and I love(d) that bike when it was my rig. I also switched back to 26 inch wheels because it fits my play style a bit better, and it’s nice to have those big fat RibMos on there.
I’ve got to relearn my goal tending, sure, but I kinda don’t want to stay in goal anymore. I can keep up with other players and make the quick-turn moves that have been too fast for me before. The Fixcraft hubs felt like poetry – I’m actually crying right now – somebody needs to hold me.
All I’m saying is this: if the version pushed into production is even 1/4 as classy as this bike is, the polo world is in for quite a contender in the polo-specific bike market. It’s the kinda polo bike that you want to get set up exactly the way you want because you know you’re not going to switch to another bike anytime soon.
Tomorrow I’ll have Horse’s closeup pictures of the bikes (mine and Lumberjack’s) for everyone to save as backgrounds. Today you’ll just have to be satisfied with the three here and your own daydreaming.