3 days ago
I took the Team Crank customized Sette Phantom out today for it’s maiden voyage. First off, the temperature was 64 and the sun was shining bright. A change from my last week being spent in Iceland. We have had a tough winter here this year, so today was a treat. I took advantage of this weather and cast out on my new Phantom. I covered 16 miles with nearly 4000 ft. of elevation, 3000 of that coming in the first 6 miles.
I write this review with a smile as I will be experiencing this all year on a bike that is super tight, while delivering a sweet ride. It is a climbing machine as the geometry for me was absolutely perfect. With the combination of the Crank Brothers Cobalt Wheels this dude delivered a super smooth and engaging performance on the climbs. It was like riding an escalator, never missing a beat. Let me say this in a different way, it accelerates exceptionally smooth up without feeling spent.
The handling was railing over the gravel and dirt without a problem. I can’t imagine what it would be like with a wider set of tires as I have some narrow 1.95s on it now. The Phantom is nimble and agile producing an ability to manuver and place the bike where you want it at any given time. This is due in part to the lightness of the bike and the geometry.
It can absorb a pounding as I plummetted downhill purposely beating it over rocks and jumps. I never felt nervous or did I feel any vibrations within the frame as it was stressed over the terrain. I was so impressed with this machine that I can’t wait to get out on it and ride again and again.
The customized setup I have is deadon for me. It is fun and aggressive. It should be the perfect machine for the Trans Alp Race.
In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with this bike. I mean dang man, it is freaking fun to ride. This is a cross country dream ride.
The stock Phantom Elite that you can get at Price Point performed in the same manner as mine. I say this after riding it in the San Gabriel Mountains of California. The setup that it comes with is stellar and mirrors the performance of mine.
Five star all the way folks!