I have had many changes as my life has gone on. I met an amazing woman who is my partner in everything, my wife Kate. We have traveled and had many interesting adventures. We have two amazing children, our first daughter Raven Snow, now 3.5 years, and our second, Wolf Grace, now 16 months. I am a very lucky man.
Wolf is the tiniest little lady, a smiling, magnetizing girl. How tiny you might ask? She tips the scales at 13 pounds 4 ounces, about half the size of her peers. In addition to her small stature she is developmentally delayed. She started crawling, more like sliding but I count it as crawling, at 14 months. Wolf has an extremely rare chromosome disorder, making her one of less than 100 in the world. It is called “duplication of 10Q”. The way I look at it is her genes are twice as awesome as everyone else’s!
Wolf was diagnosed at 5 weeks old. Fortunately the early diagnosis has allowed us to do everything we can to give her all the help she currently needs. The biggest problem for us is not knowing what is ahead since there are so few cases of 10q, and even fewer similar to hers.
I’ve been known to be a little hard on products sometimes, expecting more than most. I feel that with the cost of admission on the products we sell, they should work in a spectacular and carefree way. I have always appreciated the smooth ease of use that comes with Shimano products. Simply said they set up easy and work well.
I have never been a fan of SRAM road components. I remember when SRAM Red first came out and everyone was saying how lightweight it was. That’s great that it’s so light because I wouldn’t want anything heavy on my bike that doesn’t actually shift. Needless to say, while I was never a fan, some customers and friends loved it. Over the years I learned tips and tricks to set it up better than most. I used chain X with cassette Y and voila! The SRAM shifting is almost as good as Campy and Shimano.
When the new Red was announced I was intrigued by the group. The Yaw front derailleur looked hopeful. The new shifter shape looked as if the ergonomics would be wonderful. The cassette elastomer thing was a little weird, but who knows maybe they got it this time? The brakes reminded me of designs of the past, but not in the good way with it’s single pivot with a leverage increasing arm. I was intrigued but not sold. Would these parts be a “real” functional competitor?
Last winter a new frame was on the way for me, a lightweight carbon one. A Guru Photon to be exact. Full custom to my fit, design and ride preferences. A 740gr hot rod. What group should go on this rig? Di2? Campy? SRAM? “Wait, did Justin say he’s putting SRAM on his bike?” Soren and Lori scratched their heads. I decided to “Make The Leap” as they say. The group looked promising and all the folks at SRAM were so excited. I decided to go for it! Continue reading