I too could get no liquid out of the standard fuelselage - replaced entire tube & valve with camelbak now it works perfectly!
I"m on an Expert ,,,,,,,,,, and so far HATE the hydration system. It's currently the single biggest cause of fustration in my life! I have swapped out the valve with one off of my Osprey. And that helped a lot. But can't decide which tube to use. You say "Camelbak, but which one? Will the insulated one fit? And has anyone tried the semi rigid -tube director?
And like the ONE time I was actually able to get the bladder installed, filled, and tube unkinked........I swear it changed the handling of the bike. Anyone else noticed this. And one other thing......watch out for the skewers, there's very sharp edges on the hinge part. Sliced my index finger pretty deep yesterday.
I really like the hydration system, but given this is version 1.0 of a new feature, it requires 3 things to get it working well.
- Use talcum powder to get it in and out easily.
- Use a rare earth magnet to hold the tube in place.
- Use camelback bite valve to get easy flow.
I just measured it and I get 24oz into the bladder on a medium frame (including filling the tube up to the bite valve).
I used it on my first sprint race (20 mile bike) and it worked great - no need for extra bottles at this distance.
I notice no handling difference at all. If anything, I would think it would help to make things more stable in high wind conditions.
I had it out on a longish ride today so had 2 water bottles in addition to the fuselage bladder. It felt like my water bottles got warmer much faster than the internal hydration system - not sure. I suppose it would be an easy thing to test - maybe Mark Cote and his merry men at specialized could test this out for us and give us the results. If true, it would be a very useful marketing tool.