Bikes from the bunch – Italy (part 4), Goomah
- Age: 29.
- Height: 175cm.
- Weight: 67kg.
“This is the Goomah G733. I work at Assos and there is a relationship between our companies so I was happy to try and buy this quite unusual bike.
“It’s a really light frame. And you can tell that it is really stiff, as with most carbon frames. It’s good for descending – I love descending.
“It could be a little bit too stiff for long rides but it’s fine.
“Goomah is one third owned by Assos, the other two-thirds are owned by someone else. So I guess we could say that Goomah is like the ‘bike of Assos’ but it is not fully owned by Assos.
“It means ‘mistress’ in an urban American dialect. They say a goomah is the mistress of the mafia so when you ride your bike, it’s as if you are going out with your ‘other’ lady. You leave your wife or your girlfriend to go out with your bike.
“Obviously, I’m a woman but it’s my lady as well. It’s more or less the same concept. If I’m staying with a guy who is not a cyclist, I need to explain to him why I’m riding the Goomah so it’s going to have the same concept. Although, what’s the word? It’s not mistress but… a gigolo! Sort of…”
“I love mechanical groupsets and this Ultegra works well. Everyone tells me that electronic gearing is better but I’m an old-fashioned person and I love to feel the change and also the sounds of changing gears.
“They say electric groupsets are precise and light but I don’t know; the sound kills me. I’m riding my bike as something manual, the chain has to be shifted by me. I like the bike in a mechanical way so that’s why I stick to the cables.”
“I probably only ride about 5,000km per year and I’ve had this bike for two years. So that makes 10,000km.”
“I like descending with the Goomah but I can also say that the geometry is quite nice. For ladies, we need a sloping frame and this slopes a little so adapts to the lady-body point. It’s not a women’s specific bike but it works.
“It’s also really light. We say that we are on the limit of the UCI rules.”
“As I said, the stiffness is good in some scenarios but considering I’m not as trained as I once was my muscles are not so elastic and as soon as I do a long ride or hit a hole or whatever on the road, I really feel it.
“I don’t like the aesthetic finish on the forks. It’s a glossy finish and the frame is matte. I don’t understand this and would prefer that everything is matte as it is on the frame. I really love the black matte finish and haven’t found it too difficult to clean.”
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There were five interviews as part of this series from #RIDE73: