Monday, December 21, 2015

Testing the SAVA 580 carbon fiber MTB

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
December 21, 2015

Christmas is just around the corner.  Just 3 days away.  Merry Christmas to everyone

I tested the SAVA 580 which I just owned last Saturday.   It is a challenge to shift from road bike to Mt. Bike. You could feel the additional friction from the fat tires, the aerodynamic drag, and the extra weight.  I did not wear biking shoes though;  naka TSINELAS like Pablo (Tsinelas)

The SAVA 580 weigh mere 12 kg (2 kg shy of the 10 kg of the Cannondale for sale at 60t with ligher headshok.   and vs my SARS bike with MTB gears of 12 kg.   If the tires of the SAVA were lighter say Conti or Panaracer of 500 g or less, the SAVA would tip the scale at 1 kg less of 11 kg and if I were to use lighter rim,... But I am happy with the  12 kg.  On the way back though, I could all ready sprint up hill.  In two weeks time, my system would be able to adop to Mt. Bike riding.

Their top of the line with Kenda tire, tips the scale at 10 kg.  But costs 15 t more.

But I feel safer with bigger tires.  I am wary of road cracks and bumps, and gratings which are dangerous to roadies.  It is more comfortable too because of the shocks.   The shifter, especially the hydraulic brakes are silent and operate well.  (The SARS does not because the rims are worn out, and the MTB gears are ill fitted to the roadie)

I am happy with the SAVA 580 bike

I wonder why they priced it 20t more;  the only difference would be the Kenda  tires, YBN chains  and  2 kg  weight.reduction?

SAVA 550 at P45,000
Features of SAVA 550 priced at 45t:

  • Model: Sava SV550 27.5 Carbon 
  • Material: Carbon Fiber T1000G
  • Fork: Sava Racing Shox Air Lock-Out Fork
  • Travel: 120mm
  • Headparts: Sava Oversize Headset
  • Handlebar: Sava Straight Bar Alloy 31.8mm
  • SeatTube: Sava Alloy; Diamater:=31.6mm;L=340mm
  • Stem: Sava Alloy 31.8mm
  • Saddle: Sava 
  • Seatclamp: Sava 34.9mm
  • Pedal: Syun LP-3829 Ball Bearing Alloy
  • Shifter: Shimano SL-M390 Acera 9 speed
  • Brake: Shimano SL-M396 Hydraulic 
  • FD: Sensah Rx 421 Clamp Type
  • RD: Shimano M390 Acera 
  • Sprocket: Sunshine 9 Spd 
  • Teeth: 11 x 32
  • Crank: Shimano FC-310 Mega 9 
  • Teeth: 44 x 32 x 22
  • Chain: YBN 9 Spd
  • Hub: Sava Ball Bearing 32H Quick Release
  • Rim: Sava Double Wall 32H
  • Spokes: Stainless Steel 
  • Tire: Kenda 27.5 x 1.95
  • Weight: 10 Kg

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