By Padraig at redkiteprayer.com -

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When I went to Eugene, Oregon, for the Oregon Gran Fondo I rode one of Co-Motion’s signature models, the Nor’Wester. I last rode a Co-Motion—the Espresso—in 1998. It was a dynamite TIG-welded steel bike with a killer blue to purple fade. The Nor’Wester recalls the Italian stage racing bikes of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, what I tend to refer to as “grand touring” bikes.

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This bike was equipped with the Ares 4 carbon fiber clincher. I plan to do  a full review of the Ares 4, if only for the simple reason that riding them at the Oregon Gran Fondo was so enjoyable. In broad strokes, they featured a rounded spoke bed for superior aerodynamics and good handling in cross winds. And they did handle well, but better yet, it was a distinctly fast wheel.  Read the full story:

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