“…the Tempest was smoother and quieter than any composite bike I’ve ever ridden. It was comfortable on all road surfaces, relaying only modest amounts of road-shock and vibration. In this regard, the behaviour of steel is quite distinct from composites: road shock and vibrations are faithfully relayed by steel but they seem shorter-lived, or milder, compared to carbon fibre. It’s the kind of feedback that I enjoy in a bike, a pleasant texture that soothes as much as it informs.”

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