Yes I did, the frame was too big for me as well so I need to go back when they get the 2020 models in.
I wouldn’t hesitate using the Hatchet as a rode bike. I grabbed some 28mm tires to throw on for a very hilly Muskoka road ride in a couple of weeks.
This is my first 1X system as well. I really like it so far but I’ve only done 140 kms on it. Again, for me, the range is great. The 42-11 is plenty big enough for me and the 42-42 should see me get up most hills. The gear spacing is good too.
Did you go to Speed River?
Nice!! Glad to hear how well it works on the road, but do you think the Carbon model is necessary for me? Right now I'm looking at the ALR5 as it has all 105 components and I love the lime green color.
I bought a Trek Checkpoint SL 5, I was mostly looking for a smoother riding road bike for some of our very broken pavement and to explore riding on Forestry roads. My only regret with the SL 5 is that I should have bought the 6 as I spend more time on this bike than I anticipated.
I have really enjoyed the smooth ride, disc brakes and opening the door to gravel roads that have minimal traffic. Some days a lower bottom gear would be nice, I can probably fix this with a 11-36 SRAM cassette. I have dabbled at single track on it but my FS MTB works way better for this than a gravel bike.
All in all it is a great bike that is oriented to the Groad end of the scale.
I notice when riding my mountain bike on the road the jumps in gears on my 1x can be pretty big, and on flat surfaces I find myself having a hard time finding the perfect gear sometimes, which has kind of lead me to think 2x might be better for me. Especially since I would also like to do group rides as well.
I like mountain biking better but I'm not willing to drive 1.5 hours round trip to ride 1.5 hours at this point in my life. (well the scenery can be better with a good gravel ride I guess). Although the Niagara Escarpment has some nice biking and good views.
Dude, South Ontario is flat as a pancake - you are worried about gearing?
I struggled over 1x vs 2x for a while.
Bottom line: if you are riding solo it shouldn't make much difference - you set your own pace. In a fast group ride where others set the pace - cadence (and 2x) is more important.
If I'm riding in a fast road group on my gravel bike, I need the big ring (46t, lol) and tight gearing to maximize my power and speed at my limit.
I really wanted 1x (because of the bike color), but riding near my limit in group rides, and needing the gear spread (without the cadence jumps) pushed me to 2x.
Riding solo, I can do what I need with 36t chain ring. Riding in groups I need 46t most of the time (and 36t for climbing)
Canyon is possible to "demo" just budget 1 hour to unpack and 1 hour to repack if you send it back. I did it. But you are saying they won't ship from California to Ontario?
Just for emotional reasons (and because they are good bikes), I would get a Norco - because they are Canadian, and you know - Canandians like little canandian flags on their bikes. ;-)
The Norco I tried was frickin awesome but I found the handlebars way too narrow and the frame seemed a little heavy.
Updated Top Picks:
1) 2020 Giant Revolt Advanced 0 - $2899 CAD
Pros: Full Carbon, 105 groupset, shock absorb technology through D-Fuse
Cons: No unique color options, handlebars a little wide
2) 2020 Trek Checkpoint ALR5 - $2649 Canadian)
Pros: Love the look, love the color, full 105 group-set, handles like a dream
Cons: Aluminum, No vibration dampening tech, high price for aluminum
3) 2020 Giant Revolt 0 - $2199 CAD (apparently - price not released yet)
Pros: Great price/value for full 105 group-set, hock absorb technology through D-Fuse
Cons: Not a big fan of the color (brownish gray), Carbon model only $600 more, handlebars a little wide
4) 2020 Devinci Hatchet - Price N/A
Will have to wait a few weeks for more info and test ride
What are your guys thoughts?