|Tamland Two: Now back to the stock wheelset.|
Wheels: The American Classic Hurricane wheels are now in the capable hands of MG, who will be doing further review on them for Gravel Grinder News, so I am back to the stock wheels. These wheels are no lightweights, but they roll well, engage in a quicker fashion than did the American Classic hubs, (which is neither here nor there, but just is), and are a wider rim internally. The wheels have nice skewers and eyelets on the outer portion of the rim. They feel pretty stiff, and although I have curb hopped and beaten them to death a couple times on commutes, they have been straight and true so far. Good wheels, just not "great wheels". After having run the lighter American Classic Hurricanes, I know what the possibilities are for the Tamland, and these will get replaced at some point with something lighter and just as stout. Overall Score- "Above Average".
|Not crazy about the big ring size|
The front derailleur snaps to when put on call and the shifting of the front is rather amazing. Smooth, almost......rear derailleur-like, I would say. The levers have a shorter, more ergonomic throw and I don't accidentally activate the brakes when shifting, which I used to do all the time with older STI stuff. Overall Score- "Pretty Awesome". (Once I get rid of the 52T big ring) And for the record, the Ultegra 11 speed crankset looks like plastic. Really Shimano? Blecch! On looks- Overall Score- "Uglier Than A Mud Fence".
|Note the distance between the caliper and spoke as indicated by the arrow.|
See my image here? The arrow points to the heads in spoke and their clearance to the caliper. It isn't much with the stock wheels and was barely touching those heads in spokes on the American Classic Hurricanes in a couple of places. If the hubs I choose have a flange about a millimeter more towards the outside, I won't be able to run the Spyre brakes without some fancy shim work, (which is what I did on the bike when I ran the American Classics.) The problem is that since the inner piston, (which is usually static on Avid brakes, for instance), is moved by a lever arm, the mechanism for that adds width to the inside of the caliper and some wheels may have interference with the spokes due to that. Bummer if it does.
Otherwise these brakes outperform Avids hands down. The amount of power these generate with the almost noise free braking performance is incredible. If TRP could shrink the width of the caliper a few millimeters, it would be 100% Awesomesauce. (Again, a technical term.) As it stands.....Overall Score- Outstanding.
So, I hope that gives you a good overview of the components on my Tamland Two. I'll be goofing around with other stuff for this bike throughout 2014, so stay tuned for more.