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Looks interesting, but reminds me of something that annoys me about this bike’s racks, and after-market racks from almost all makers: why leave so much clearance above the tires and fenders that cannot possibly be used, when lower racks would lower the centre of balance of the load, and improve handling. Looks like the frame here is better designed for 29/700 wheels. Wheels which the Kona Ute has, and rear-rack height better done, whether or not you like the rest of the bike.
Overall I’m glad to see El Ranchero make it to production, but I’m confused or disappointed by some of the design choices.
– There seems to be a lot of unnecessary clearance over the rear wheel and the rack doesn’t seem to be centered over the wheel, which will make handling unnecessarily difficult.
– It’s unclear whether the rack is built to the Xtracycle Longtail Standard, as such, will the Peapod child seats fit the rack.
– Overall I would have preferred to see the Transport keep the smoother lines and more low-slung feel of the El Ranchero, along with the passenger seat. It just doesn’t look as cool as the concept (which I guess isn’t surprising).
– I’m curious about the hardware at the bottom rear, it looks kind of like the DIY QuickHitch http://everydayadventurers.com/2009/06/do-it-together-quickhitch/ but it’s tough to tell what’s going on there.
– I’m not sure why the front rack isn’t better attached to the frame and more substantial. It seems like an afterthought designed to be removed.
Nope, in their infinite wisdom they’ve decided not to go with the Xtracycle open standard, so none of that stuff will fit.
I really don’t understand the Fisher brand. Okay so Gary popularised the 29″ wheelsize, but aside from that, what has the Fisher brand actually brought to the party? Their suspension bikes have always sucked, I’m not even sure why anyone would buy a Fisher roadbike (Did he invent that, too?)…..and to top it off, the new range looks terribly corporate. Gary’s stylist should be designing the bikes, not him. The rug doesn’t match the curtains.
In my eyes, Gary is little more than a marketing executive with a personal shopper. His biggest contribution is his own self-promotion, and his current crop of videos smack of egotism in the worst possible way. More mainstream Blando bikes from the king of spin – I don’t even know why this is getting any publicity at all (no wait, I do know why).
Big mistake IMHO to not go with Xtracycle compatible racks.
If you want to make bags – great. Just make them compatible.
Looks like they didn’t do enough research and talk to their demographic.