Flatbar X Ambition
Flatbar X Ambition
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Ambition helps motivate us. It helps us strive for more and reach new goals.
The X Ambition is built for more. More miles, more adventures, more smiles! We focused on improved comfort with a more upright riding position and new saddle design. We increased braking power by adding the same brakes as the Redwood and completed the build with 700 x 40 Kenda Happy Medium tires for good speed on the road and grip on gravel.
Difference between the standard X and the X Ambition: We get this question every so often so we figured we'd explain a little further. The X Ambition offers a more upright seated position which is more comfortable and upright (see image below). The X Ambition offers stronger brakes like our Redwood model. We offer a newer comfort forward saddle which may work better for more riders across the board. The X Ambition also comes with 700 x 40 tires which gives the ride a little more of a plush ride feel but the tread pattern allows this bike to accel on dirt and pavement.
Road to Trail
First impressions are good. I wanted something more gravel focused so I added moloko bars and a stud buster seatpost. I'll start with the pros:
geometry is comfortable.
mounting options excellent*
Tires great for gravel
price is A+. Seriously, if you're looking to get into gravel and going for a used bike isn't really a good option, this bike is cost-efficient and highly upgradable
-38 teeth for the front chainring feels too small. I will probably increase it at some point since I am spending most of my time in the 3 highest gears. I'm not a powerful biker either.
-rear rack mounting is difficult. If you plan on touring/bikepacking you might have to be particular about the rack you use since it seems like the eyelets near the dropout are below the curve of the frame. This wouldn't be a problem if I was using a seatpost only rack but I can't.
-tire size limited. the rear tire appears limited to about 42 or so. It would be nice to have it a bit wider in the back especially since the front has so much extra room.
-thru axle would be nice if standard but that would be quite an ask at this price point.
Overall I recommend this bike! Versatile, but seems to be designed for long-haul gravel.
Love the new bike, rides like a dream.