I have had a long wait for some dry weather and the chance to really try the Astore out, but tonight I got the chance.
I managed just a smidge under 25k and took in a route I know pretty well, which gave me the chance to compare the Astore to my 853.
First off, Aelle R takes a lot more of the sting out of some of the poor road surfaces we have round here, but at the same time I did not feel any flexibility in the frame when I was climbing or accelerating and standing in the pedals. I can certainly see why Concorde used to market the Astore as their all day bike (sportive in modern parlance), as the whole ride is just a little less on edge than my Raleigh.
As far as the running gear is concerned, the SRAM set up worked exactly the way I expected, although the double tap levers took a little consideration on the first couple of downshifts.
So, in short, I am chuffed with the Astore, and reckon I got an absolute bargain.
Fitted with front and rear lights and the obligatory Garmin Edge.
"Try not to punch any clowns"