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Wes Buterbaugh Loves His ST-22
Our dealer in Edinboro, PS, Countryside Cycles, received photos and the letter below:
I wanted to get back to you to tell you how wonderful my new Waterford
RST-22 is. The bike is truly superlative in every way. I have ridden it
now for over 2500 miles, and already I know how fantastic this bike is.
The bike fits perfectly. The fitting-system you have is a great advantage.
The reach, handlebar height, up-right seating position, seat height and
length from the handlebars, angle of pedaling, reach to the pedals and
saddle height, everything is comfortable and feels very efficient. One of
the first things I wanted to check was how the bike handled rough
tar-and-chip surface on the back-country roads I like to ride. I wanted to
see how my 66 year old body felt after rumbling over that for a number of
miles. Well, I felt fine. The steel frame, fork, and the wheels you
suggested combined to make for both a fast and forgiving ride. I felt no
soreness or discomfort as I did with my high-end aluminum/zirconium framed
road bike. The steel has a kind of singing, harmonic quality to it that
feels lively yet having none of the punishing throb that my previous, stiff,
fatiguing road bike had. There is just the right jolt-absorption without
being bouncy, and the ride is very stable. I am very grateful that you took
so much time to measure me and work with Waterford to make sure the bike was
a perfect fit.
The Campagnolo Ergopower Centaur drive train is truly amazing. It shifts
flawlessly, crisply, and predictably. I especially appreciate the ability
to shift up or down in one push of the shift lever as well as the ability to
trim the front derailleur so it centers and does not rub. The gearing you
suggested with the front triple chainrings of 53-42-30T combined with the 13
to 29T 10-speed cassette is just right for me. I have all the gears I want
for climbing 15% grade hills and all the gears I need to roll down the other
side. I usually don't attempt to achieve high speed averages this time of
the year, but on my last ride I had a speed average I usually experience
when I am in my best, summer shape.
On my first ride, I got caught in a fairly heavy rain. The Continental
4-Season, 700 X 28 tires were both fast and gave me a feeling of stability I
really like. They are outstanding tires and just right for my style of
riding. They roll without resistence and still give me a feeling of
confidence and safety.
The Terry Fly saddle is superior, the brakes are smooth and make it very
easy to stop in all conditions, and even something that seems as
insignificant as the bar-end mirror works extremely well. At first I was in
a bit of a shock about the metalic orange color, but I really appreciate it
now. It is cheerfully bright while tasteful, and the cross-cut panels in
custard look retro yet artfully stylish together. I really like being seen
by drivers with a color that can be visually picked-up in a glance. Out on
the road, bike frames are not easy to see, so any advantage I can get of
being visible helps. The craftsmanship is flawless. It is, indeed, a bike
The Garmin Edge 205 computer is a lot of fun and very functional. I have
not begun to explore all the technical advantages it has to offer, but I
really like the 7-field display. I have e-mailed Garmin tech-support about
a question concerning the grade % display and am waiting for an answer. GPS
is a great feature and I'm glad I made that choice.
I am extremely grateful that Richard Schwinn recommended I come and see you
to be fitted for a Waterford bike. You were very patient and had many good
suggestions that made my ordering and receiving of my new bike a gratifying
experience. Your expertise, skills in building a bike, and your ability to
communicate and listen all combine to give confidence and make the whole
adventure a lot of fun as well. Alisha was very nice to have included my
wife, Lois, in conversation while she waited for us to fit, do the final
building, and test-ride the bike. That was especially thoughtful. I really
like that you did not rush things to make sure that everything was done just
right. . .