My Xootr Swift folder came out of the box and within a half-hour or so, was ready to go. The hardest part of putting it together was getting the packing paper off of the parts. I only had time for a quick run up and down the block before it became too dark.
So I did some work on getting my lights on the bike – which didn’t take too long. I sat down for a minute, put on a jacket, and then headed out into the night.
I had only intended to try the thing out, maybe once around the block. But you know how new things are. I’m not really into possessions – far from it – but a new bicycle… that’s different. Before I knew it I was at the end of the trail, four miles from home and I needed to get back. I had to be at work two hours early and here I was, in the middle of the night, on a bicycle too far from home. It was going to be a tough day tomorrow.
So far, I love the bike. It took a little getting used to – the small wheels are very responsive. But it is comfortable and fast. Like the reviews said, it is rock-solid.
So far I am very happy. And happy is a good thing to be.
Tomorrow, I’ll work on mounting the Crossrack and then start on thinking about the front derailleur kit. There is always more work to be done.
I’m glad you like it, Bill!
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What front derailleur kit did you use to go 2x?
I’ll answer this in both of your comments.
I ordered the kit with the Swift when I ordered it from Xootr. It’s a custom clamp – with a SRAM Altus derailleur and a Gripshift 3-speed shifter.
I was never able to get the shifter to work the way Xootr set it up – a bottom pull with the cable coming from above. The Xootr solution was to use a little pulley cable – but the angle was wrong and it had too much friction to shift. I simply routed the cable down and around the chainstay, used a piece of sheet metal to keep the cable from sawing through the stay. That works great.
Now that Swift parts are no longer available, I don’t know what I would do. It would probably be possible to machine a clamp that would fit the very wide downtube and hold a front derailleur. I would use a top-pull derailleur and simply run the cable to it.
I know this is confusing, I can send (and/or post) photos if you need them.
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