Alright - I've got a few minutes to jot down my first thoughts on the Tactical. I've now knocked out two rides on the bike here in Boulder - a Neva loop
and a Left Hand Canyon climb
. I've included a list of my thoughts below and would be happy to answer any questions. Photos at the end. For reference, I am 6'4" and 168lbs. Case
- I've had a Trico Iron (2 bike) and Swift Carbon (soft case) previously. Both required significant disassembly of the front end, which while fairly straight forward with the Speed Concept did take some mechanical know-how. I bet I could get the Tactical packed/unpacked in under 3 minutes with a few rounds under my belt in the Premier case. Maybe a good video challenge!
- Holds 3 wheels Fit
- Large Tactical seems to fit very similar to an XL Speed Concept (15mm more spacer on Tactical)
- More cockpit reach available with the L Tactical compared to the XL Speed Concept
- Stack adjustment is stupidly simple. Spacers have slots for the Di2 wire so its just a matter of adding/removing spacers and selecting the correct bolt length (spacer stack + 30mm). Bolts for all stack combinations provided.
- Seat post angle on the Tactical appears slacker than the Speed Concept. I've found I am very close to the max seat post angle, but I also ride a very forward rotated position (>82 deg). This was also the case on the Speed Concept but it didn't look quite as extreme. Only drawback from this has been the inability to use my desired XLab Delta 225 on the Tactical. I might try to 3D print something unless someone knows of a mount compatible with the "slot" style seat post. Basebar
- Stays fixed for travel (4 bolts to remove extensions)
- Very clean
- Brake hood extensions are "short", but allow you to rest your palms on the fat part of the base bar in the hoods which I really liked. The one draw back was that on the steeps up Left Hand out of the saddle I could only wrap ~3 fingers completely around the extension. Handling
- Tactical feels very stable at speed. Confidence inspiring for cornering and descending in the aerobars (49mph cornering in aero today).
- Felt a little more wind push than my previous SC + ENVE 7.8 setup. P-88 front wheel is 20mm deeper. I will be running the ENVE 7.8 front at some point for comparison sake.
- Climbed very nicely on moderate slopes, felt a tad sluggish out the saddle on the steep slopes (no light weight road bike surge)
- Holds speed very nicely into the flats (combo of aero, disc rear and stability probably) Brakes
- Strong braking overall. I had no problem locking the wheels up coming back into town when a truck pulled out in front of me.
- Modulation isn't on disc brake or STI level, but on par or exceeds all my other TT/Tri bike references
- Super easy adjust (same as SC). 2 or 2.5mm allen moves brake pads in and out independently. Flat Kit
- Dan addressed this above. I had some difficulty with the flat kit as well. Fix in progress
- A quick note for those setting up a bike w/o a flat kit - the seat post flat kit bolts will need to be removed for seat post installation and cannot be installed with the flat kit acting as a "spacer" Powermeter
- Upgraded to a Pioneer dual-sided.
- Pleasantly surprised with the blue matched Pioneer cover
- Reads right in the middle of my previous 10w P2M/Wahoo Kickr discrepancy. Works for me.