The Stoemper Taylör…
“Stoemper is a two-man operation. David Alvarez handles sales and marketing from his adopted home of Belgium, while Todd Gardner handles the frame construction in Oregon. You might have heard about the brand’s launch in 2012, a genius plan to ride five Spring Classics in seven days. Gent-Wevelgem. Flanders. Roubaix. Amstel Gold. Liège. Full distance. Not just the sportives. Seven days. Alvarez invited five friends and named this insanity Stoepid Week. If you can find Bill Strickland’s account of events titled The Best Worst Day, it’s a very worthy read. If you’re setting out to prove you’re making some very tough bikes, this ought to handle it.”
– Read all of Greg Chalberg’s appraisal in RIDE Cycling Review #64.
RIDE Image Gallery…
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Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…
• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.
• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.
• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.
• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.
• Full specification listing…
The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.
Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Stoemper Taylör:
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There are now 19 issues of RIDE available in a digital format via Zinio, with reviews of 111 bikes.
RIDE Media publishes RIDE Cycling Review, a quarterly magazine all about cycling.