Managed to get my first proper ride in yesterday.
Conditions were foul and the mud very sticky!
First impressions are pretty good. The ride is quite sprightly given the frame in my eyes is pretty burly. The bike accelerates really well.
I think I may use the layback post I have not for reach reasons but comfort. Not sure if it was tyre pressure related, down to the saddle or the post but the ride was less forgiving than my Soul. I'm not beaten up from riding but more aware of having been for a ride
The Alfine performed amicably considering. It's a system not completely mud proof but I can see where it can be made a little better. The rear sprocket has a removeable guide that gathered the mud. Removing the guide would clear the mud better.
Range wise it was fine too. In fact apart from a brief road section I rarely used gears 5 to 8!
I think I will leave the build as is for now but I will try it with a 100mm fork and a 1 x 6 setup using my Hope SS wheel. My thinking is I could make the casette up using only the ratios I would need ......
Only slight sour point was the cable running. The cable run under the rear stays. That in its self isn't an issue. However, where they attach to the frame corresponds with the widest part of the tyre. Result ...... Reduced room for mud