INITIAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE SAGE BARLOW FROM CYCLOCROSS MAGAZINE

Originally published in the May 2016 Edition of Cyclocross Magazine

Our 56cm review sample of the Sage Barlow is beautifully TIG welded of 3 Al/2.5 V titanium alloy with a geometry that mixes elements from a modern ‘cross bike, like 42.5cm chainstays and a 7.0cm bottom bracket drop, with a road racing bike-like long 58cm top tube to facilitate a lower position on the bike. The long top tube combined with the 72.5 head tube angle yields a long 617mm front center.

The Barlow has a 142 x 12mm thru-axle rear end and is outfitted for flat mount disc brakes with a minimum rotor size of 140mm. The Lynsky-made 6 Al/4 V right chainstay truss is engraved with the Sage owl logo and is machined on the backside to hide the electronic shift wire, a detail Rosen asked for in the stays’ manufacture.

The truss is welded to a standard 68mm threaded bottom bracket shell, also a detail that Rosen toiled over given the variety of choices out there. He says in the end there was no advantage for him to use a new design. The Barlow does have a big 44mm diameter headtube to accommodate a tapered fork steerer. It’s a nice 152mm long on our 56cm size frame allowing me get the bar to the proper height without a tall stack of spacers.

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