Pros: Good value, Good quality, Comfortable, Lightweight, Looks great
I ride mainly the rural lanes of mid Norfolk, 60 miles or so a week. I was worried whether I'd cope with just 8 gears, but there was no need - 8th gear is comfortable above 20 mph. I partly chose this bike for its slightly old-fashioned look, reasoning it was less likely to be stolen. I was wrong for the best possible reasons - the finish looks expensive and eye-catching. There are two options for finish, red in the picture and also black/natural - be sure to specify your choice. It scratches easily. When I first rode it there was a terrible mechanical creaking or catching. Evans said to bring it back for repair/replacement - good. By the time I did I'd done 80 miles and the noise had gone. For the price I'd hoped to be told this was a known problem, don't worry, but I had little advice, which has dented my confidence in the bike. It occasionally makes minor rattling noises now, far better than before, so it may be nothing. I don't think anything was repaired/replaced. Just back from a 43 mile ride, 156 to date. The bike is a pleasure to ride - I just wish I could be more confident that it will be as durable as the price would imply. 5 stars for the bike, 3 stars for Evans - so average 4 stars.
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I have had a Norco Ceres with the gates carbon drive or nearly two years now. I must have done 3000 miles. It does creak from somewhere, but it has never let me down and I have confidence in the system to ignore the odd creak. I can't speak for Evans, but i don't think my LBS has much experience if any of geared hubs or gates carbon drives. Enjoy the ride, it is a great combination and I;m sure it will not let you down. Geared hubs are so popular on the continent but there is little take up in the UK. Maybe you can only put a derailleur with lycra!