"[A] drivetrain comprised of a 38/42 Shimano Deore crankset and a 11-36 cassette with Deore front and rear derailleurs."38/42? Really? Huh. I'd've thought 28/42 (OK; truth be told, more like 24/38 or similar), given the 11-36 cassette, 57mm tires, and going "beyond where the pavement ends." 38x36 gearing doesn't seem to give a whole lotta low end.
I'm with JB, I think if that's a 2x10 drivetrain, it must be a typo - I don't think Shimano makes a 2x crank with stock chainrings like that. Plus it would be hard/impossible to set up a 2x crank 38/42 anyhow, you'd need a 38t ring for the smaller 64bcd bolt pattern, or just use a road double crankset.That said, I have to wonder where they did the test riding, and what the dirt roads are like, if they indeed used a gearing like that.I run my Camargue 24/38 with an 11-36 cassette. Touring high mountain dirt roads of the Sierra Nevada recently, I was pretty much always in my lowest 3 gears on just about every climb. Many times I would reach for the shifter to downshift and find myself already in the lowest gear, and my touring load wasn't even super heavy, at least by road-touring standards. Had me thinking about those aftermarket 40 and 42 tooth cogs...
I agree the Camargue is a winner. Love the way mine simply rolls with so little effort. Handling is intuitive and predictable. It's no speedster; it's big and heavy, but I could pedal it in comfort all day.
It is a 38/24 crank. That's a misprint in the review. Derp.
I get hacked off at anybody who writes, "29 inch wheels". The bicycle world needs less confusion about sizes and standards, not more. A "29 inch" in 2015 means what we used to call 700C, which really means 622 BSD according to the ISO/ETRTO standard and 26 inch, in 2015 means 559 BSD. Come on guys. It is the 21st century here. Sheldon Brown was all over this, and he has been plucking harp strings for years. Get with the program.
That "review" was not well written at all, I'm sorry to say. The Campeur reviews all talk about the ride quality, and this one focused almost exclusively on the looks. This bike, like all VO products, deserves reviews from serious users.
Amen ! Quit with the 29 inch wheel ruse already. That being said, Sheldon Brown was a self proclaimed Atheist, so I doubt he's plucking harp strings, then again harps could be anywhere.
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