One of our customers, Geoff Jackson recently took on the Paris-Roubaix challenge aboard his Focus Paralane. He then wrote a review on his experience. Below he explains what an incredibly capable piece of kit the Paralane is!
” Preparations were pretty straight forward, double wrapped Fizik bar tape, gel mitts, gaffer tape round water bottles and a pair of 32mm tubeless tyres, plus sealant did the job. Me and 5 mates headed off on the Thursday via Eurotunnel, staying in Lille. A little recce ride on the Thursday, taking in the final 5 star sector of cobbles at Carrefour d’ L’arbe and the 3 star Gruson sector was very encouraging. Tyre pressures were dropped to 50psi rear and 45psi at the front and I was ready for the fray.
The event itself was amazing, the 172 kilometres with 52k of cobbles in 29 sectors being even tougher than I anticipated, in fact the toughest day on a bike I have ever experienced. The three hardest 5 star sectors of cobbles have sections that are barely ridable at any speed, I have no idea how the pros hammer them at 50 to 60kph!!!! Having said that, the Paralane ate up every meter of them with no problems. The frame, bars and in particular, the split carbon seat post, dampened the effects of the worst of the cobbles, even at the pathetically low speeds I was bouncing over them at! Being able to fit large volume tubeless tyres was also a huge bonus, smoothing out the worst of the cobbles without being noticeably slower of the tarmac sections. The Ultegra hydraulic brakes were also brilliant, delivering responsive and powerful braking throughout the ride
As the two “senior” members of our group, my mate and I did the ride in a tad under 9 hours, our time not helped by a strong, cold headwind all the way. Somewhat slower than the pros and the younger guys in the group, but for a couple of guys well on the wrong side of 60, not bad I reckon!! The Paralane delivered a very comfortable ride throughout the entire day though, with no issues. The only disappointment was that in true French fashion, the gates to the famous velodrome were closed by the time we got there. Our disappointment in not being able to sprint out for the line however, was made up by the cold Belgian beers which were waiting for us in the Velodrome bar!!
To summarise, the Paralane is an outstanding Endurance bike that coped brilliantly with both the distance and the roughest roads in the sport . The best feature for such rides however, is the ability to fit really large volume tyres, with the capability to go tubeless. I would definitely recommend the Paralane to anyone attempting an ultra endurance type of event, such as the Paris Roubaix Challenge. “
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