Had anyone got a Reilly spectre bike? Any reviews, etc?
I'm close on buying one and just wanted people's opinion on both the bike and Reilly cycleworks as s business.
I like the Reilly gradient too.
I'm looking at mostly doing endurance road cycling, with a bit of gravel riding.
ive got a Gradient. I’ve had it for 6 months and done about 3500km on it. I do a combination of road, gravel (UK ‘gravel’ tends to be very mixed surface but also spent a week on proper gravel in South Africa) and commuting on it. It’s a real do anything machine, it’s really comfortable, great power transfer and it can take whatever beatings I throw at it. It’s a substantial step up from my old alloy CAADX, which feels really noodly by comparison. I have a set of wheels with 28s for roads and a set with 40s for off-road
a friend in oz has a spectre and he does trans-Oz and trans-US bikepacking on it and loves it.
iirc the spectre’s geometry is slightly more road focused and has less tyre clearance (35?). Personally I’d go for the gradient purely on the tyre clearance unless you’ve got very smooth gravel and are happy on 35s or less. The geometry works really well both on road and off somehow.
Build quality is excellent and Reilly were really patient with my hundreds of questions and two demo rides. I’m really happy with my bike.
hope that helps