Century 2 (2017)

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Century 2 (2017)

To put it simply: the Century 2 is at home on the road. Designed to be ridden all day, every day, the revamped aluminum frame features our Enhanced Performance Geometry. With a slightly taller headtube than a road race bike, it helps the rider maintain a more upright, less fatiguing body position.

With discomfort out of the way you’re guaranteed to enjoy every part of your ride more—the Century 2 delivers a ride to match its looks. Shimano Ultegra 11speed drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, and 28c Michelin tires on HED wheels complement the bike’s platform and reinforce its performance.

For many of us, riding 100 miles is an exercise in surviving. The Century 2 turns those long rides into something to look forward to, not to dread. If you’re an endurance rider or someone that prefers a more upright riding posture, this bike does not disappoint.

Ready Ride bikes are shipped 95 percent assembled. Typical bike assembly is time-consuming and requires technical know-how. Ready Ride reduces the time and skills needed for the final, four-step assembly.

Frame DBR Road Disc, Custom Fully Butted 7005 Series Alloy, Enhanced Performance Geometry (EPG), Formed Top Tube, w/ Integrated Headtube and Flat Mount Disc Brake Tab, 142x12mm Thru-axle Drop Outs
Fork DBR AmmP Carbon Fork, 12mm Thru-axle Drop Outs, 1.5" Alloy Taper Steerer Tube, w/ Flat Mount Disc Tab
Headset FSA NO.42, Sealed Cartridge for Tapered Headtube
Cranks Shimano Ultegera FC-6800 Compact, 50/34T
Bottom Bracket Shimano Outboard Bearing
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra FD-6800, 31.8mm Band Clamp
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra RD-6800, 11 Speed
Shifter Shimano ST-RS685, Dual Control 2x11 Speed
Cogset Shimano 105 CS-5800 Cassette, 11 Speed, 11-32T
Chain KMC X11L, 11 Speed
Front Hub 24h Alloy, Sealed Cartridge, HighLow Flange, 12mm Thru-axle w/ Center Lock Disc Mount
Rear Hub 24h Alloy, Sealed Cartridge, HighLow Flange, 142x12mm Thru-axle, w/ Center Lock Disc Mount, Cassette
Spokes 14g Stainless Steel
Rims HED Flanders C2+ Disc, 24h
Tires Michelin Dynamic Sport, 700x28c
Brakes Shimano BR-RS805 Flat Mount Hydraulic Disc, w/ 160mm Front / 140mm Rear Rotors
Brake Levers Shimano ST-RS685
Pedals Wellgo Alloy Road
Handlebar HED Tour Flat Top Drop Bar, 31.8 Bar Bore
Grips EVA Cork w/ Gel
Stem HED Tour Stem, +/-7° Rise, 31.8mm Bar Bore
Seat DBR Performance Road
Seatpost HED Tour, 27.2mm
Extras Owner's Manual, Assembly Guide, Bottle Cages, Tool Kit
Accessories DBR Road Disc, Custom Fully Butted 7005 Series Alloy, Enhanced Performance Geometry (EPG), Formed Top Tube, w/ Integrated Headtube and Flat Mount Disc Brake Tab, 142x12mm Thru-axle Drop Outs
Bike Size XS/50cm / Rider Height: 5'0" - 5'4" S/52cm / Rider Height: 5'4" - 5'7" M/54cm / Rider Height: 5'7" - 5'9" L/56cm / Rider Height: 5'9" - 6'0" XL/58cm / Rider Height: 6'0" - 6'3"
Seat Tube Length 470mm 490mm 510mm 530mm 550mm
Stand Over Height 745mm 767mm 788mm 807mm 830mm
Top Tube Length 520mm 535mm 545mm 560mm 575mm
Stack 537mm 558mm 572mm 591mm 609mm
Reach 376mm 375mm 372mm 378mm 388mm
Head Tube Length 125mm 145mm 160mm 180mm 200mm
Head Angle 71.5° 72° 72.8° 73° 73°
Seat Angle 75° 74° 73.25° 73° 73°
Wheel Base 990mm 991mm 987mm 997mm 1013mm
Chain Stay Length 415mm 415mm 415mm 415mm 415mm
Fork Offset 47.5mm 47.5mm 47.5mm 47.5mm 47.5mm
BB Drop 72.5mm 72.5mm 70mm 70mm 67.5mm
Stem Length 80mm 90mm 100mm 100mm 110mm
Handlebar Width 420mm 420mm 440mm 440mm
Crank Length 170mm 172.5mm 172.5mm 175mm 175mm
Seat Post Length 350mm 350mm 350mm 350mm 350mm

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An excellent ride with few flaws

Review by Scott
Overall Quality

I began riding this bike in October of 2016 as a daily commuter. As of today, I have put approximately 4,500 miles on the bike.

In October, I had just moved from being an Outside Saleman driving 350+ miles per day and eating restaurant food 1-2 times per day to being 13 miles from work. When I realized I had to turn in the company car, I decided to not buy a replacement car and ordered a bike. On my first day, I weighed in @ 240lbs, the ride took me 1:30 and 2 stops to make it. My average that day was 12.4 mph (per Strava).
Day 2 was worse.
Day 3 and I gave serious consideration to returning the bike and buying a car.
Day 161 and I have a serious addiction issue. I will go out of my way to ride longer, climb random hills and steal every KOM I can. My average has hit 19+mph with 460+ ft of climbing on my standard daily run.

This has put me in the neighborhood of driving a car to and from work in terms of time. But since October 2016, I have lost 50 lbs., discovered the joy of having something concrete between my work days and home, bought my wife and kids bikes to go on weekend rides/grocery runs and been overall happier and less stressed.

The few flaws are likely more application rather than quality.
1) 24h spoke wheels are just too few spokes for the riders that would use this bike. 28h would be nice, 32h would be better. That would allow for heavier riders to get this bike and not spend every weekend truing wheels that carry big butts on crappy streets.
2) The crown on the fork is tight for many 700x28c tires. The Michelins that come with the bike lasted 3 rides before flatting on a piece of metal. I've since upgraded to much nicer tires that handle the debris better. However, unless my wheel is perfectly true and round, the tire will rub on the crown.
3) Helicopter tape on the head tube to avoid cable rub would have been nice. Those little rubber cable standoffs either move on the cable or will rub during slow-speed turns. I've also applied helicopter tape to the seat tube to help with shoe damage and to the top tube b/c I sweat a lot and don't want to get any on the aluminum.
4) I rebuilt my wheels with new spokes and nipples after a harsh New England winter. When I contacted customer service, their measure for the front wheel was off 4mm drive side and 6mm non-drive side (2 and 4mm respectively with stock 14mm nipples), and the spec for the hub was incorrect. I don't know if my wheels were built non-spec or if the listed spec is incorrect. But for a home mechanic, not being able to trust what was given makes me cry.
5) The barrel adjusters on the down tube don't work well, but has not been an issue to work around.

The Century2 is an excellent bike with few compromises that I would recommend with one reservation: upgrade the wheels unless you are 170lbs or less.

(Posted on 6/18/2017)

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