Bikes of the Day #3 and #4 - Museeuw MF-5 Di2 and MF-1 Super Record

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Well, apologies...yesterday was a bit hectic so we'll make up for it with 2 bikes of the day! Bikes of the Day #3 and #4 - Museeuw MF-5 Di2 and MF-1 Super Record The Story: Johan Museeuw is still the man behind this company, testing all prototypes and demanding ride quality befitting of a Belgian cobble-eater. Using proprietary flax fiber technology to smooth road micro-vibrations, Museeuw believes he has built the ideal bike - ultra-smooth, stable and comfortable, yet still stiff and agile when called upon. Bike of the Day #3 – 2011 Museeuw MF-5 Vantage Di2 The Details: 2011 Museeuw MF-5 Vantage - 14.1 lbs with Tune - AX Lightness tubulars The Build: Dura Ace Di2 with Pro Vibe components, Museeuw carbon seatpost, and Speedplay Zero Titanium pedals with custom Ti butterflys The Ratings… Ride-quality/Comfort: 10/10 Front-end Stiffness: 8/10 BB Stiffness: 7/10 Style/Aesthetics: 8/10 Technology/Weight/Value:  7/10 Total = 40/50  The Good: Lots of technology (BB30 + tapered headtube), very stable geometry, 80% flax fiber content might sound technical but the result is the smoothest, most comfortable race bike we have ridden. Oh, and yes those AX-Lightness wheels will blow your mind. The Bad: Flax fibers weigh a bit more than carbon, making this bike a poor weight-weenie candidate, and steering is on the slow side, so there are better crit racers out there. The Skinny: We'll let BikeRadar say it - "Combining a velvety ride with stable handling...this is one machine you could happily team up with for an all-day assault on Franco-Belgian pavés...this is by a fair margin one of the most comfortable frames money can buy, short of getting your hands on Museeuw’s full-suspension Bianchi used in his legendary 1994 Paris-Roubaix attempt." Bike of the Day #4 – 2011 Museeuw MF-1 Lugano Super Record The Details: 2011 Museeuw MF-1 Lugano - 14.3 lbs with Lightweights Special Editions [In honour of Johan's amazing World Championship win: click here for the video] The Build: Campy Super Record, Deda Zero 100 bar and stem, LW GEN III wheels, Veloflex Carbon tires (awesome), and some cool WCS spacers The Ratings… Ride-quality/Comfort: 9/10 Front-end Stiffness: 8/10 BB Stiffness: 8/10 Style/Aesthetics: 9/10 Technology/Weight/Value:  7/10 Total = 41/50  The Good: Same technology as the MF-5, but with a higher carbon content for added stiffness and lower weight, plus integrated seatpost and World Champion paint scheme. The Bad: White is tough to keep clean, ISP's scare some customers, and, er, um...we LOVE this bike. Lightweights are a bit stiff, but the Museeuw helps temper that. The Skinny: Still ultra smooth, but a bit lighter and stiffer than the MF-5? Yes, please! If you are in the Toronto area, check out Gears Bike Shop in Leaside for a great collection of Museeuw bikes.  Otherwise, contact info@stage-race.com for dealer or consumer inquiries.

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