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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyB View Post
    Indeed. I do feel strangely reassured by Votec's nationality, though given I drive a VW that was affected by the emissions incident I am not really sure why!
    Inability to test ride, so you have to rely on reviews and the geometry table. Possible issues if problems occur, either delivery delays, damage on arrival, warranty claims and so forth. Then there is the language issue. English is spoken clearly when you are buying, not so well when you've got a problem.

    Despite all that, I bought a YT Capra (German)and I have not regretted it. Although.... delivery was delayed and they never answered any of my emails to let me know why or when it would arrive. I even got a fluent German speaking friend to ring them up and she never got past the automated answering machine. But it was less than two weeks late and all was perfect afterwards.
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    Hmmm... Went to look at the Trek Domane and Crossrip today for comparison, especially as the Domane 54 has almost identical geometry numbers (TT, Reach and Stack) to the medium Votec VRX. Unfortunately it appears I would probably be a 56 in the Domane, which would put me on the borderline between sizes on the VRX.

    I am quite certain that the medium VRX is the only one I could ride, but equally I'm no longer convinced it will be the best fit available (though I understand it is generally better on road bikes to err on the smaller size if you are unsure). Problem is by the time I have factored in a bike fit, change of stem and swapping over the brake levers (they come the EU way round on the Votec) then any savings have disappeared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyB View Post
    .......... Problem is by the time I have factored in a bike fit, change of stem and swapping over the brake levers (they come the EU way round on the Votec) then any savings have disappeared.
    I don't know if it works the same for gravel bikes as it does for MTB, but when the Capra arrived, the brake levers were fitted the wrong way around for the UK. At first I thought I had blundered big time, but the clamps were ambidextrous and I just swapped them over. The cables didn't want to lie nicely at first, but a few cable ties sorted that out and they are fine now. Either way, the supplier knows the bike is for the UK market so they should ship it equipped and set up accordingly. they either want to service that market or they don't!
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_sordy View Post
    I don't know if it works the same for gravel bikes as it does for MTB, but when the Capra arrived, the brake levers were fitted the wrong way around for the UK. At first I thought I had blundered big time, but the clamps were ambidextrous and I just swapped them over. The cables didn't want to lie nicely at first, but a few cable ties sorted that out and they are fine now. Either way, the supplier knows the bike is for the UK market so they should ship it equipped and set up accordingly. they either want to service that market or they don't!
    Unfortunately it is a bit harder on road bikes because of the integrated shifters - you can't just swap them from side to side, you have to disconnect the hoses. To do that you need to unwrap the bar tape and partially disassemble the brake/shifter unit, and then afterwards it will almost certainly require a bleed which is (you guessed it) harder than on a normal MTB lever, particularly the SRAM ones - it's all a bit involved...



    All in all I am sure, but I'd rather not have to on a brand new bike! I have therefore questioned whether they can build me one with the brakes the UK way round; watch this space...
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