The Speedmachine is faster, more efficient and more comfortable than you would ever have thought possible. The oversized aluminium frame, full suspension and ergonomic riding position with excellent aerodynamics give you a great combination of performance and comfort.
Remember, at speed its the effort of pushing through the atmosphere that slows you down. On the Speedmachine your body cuts through the air with ease. And in this riding position your entire body is supported, so no pressure points!
A full suspension bike this low is possible because of the specially designed front forks which integrate the suspension into the head tube. The suspension is tunable for performance and works completely independently of your pedalling force. What it means is, if you accelerate uphill, you accelerate. And because it isolates you completely from the road, more of your energy goes into forward motion.
The Speedmachine is excellent for touring. The seat is at a comfortable height for getting on and off but with a riding position that gives you a big advantage in headwinds. It has loads of luggage capacity, the rear rack will take conventional rear panniers or giant recumbent specific panniers like the Ortlieb, but there is also an underseat rack which will take another pair of bags. You can also carry a bag on the top of the rack. Hydration is covered by the special water bottle mounts under the seat or you can use a hydration system like the Camelback.
This is an ideal bike for long Audax rides, giving you the speed and comfort you need to cover those marathon distances without discomfort. You might want to consider the under seat steering option for relaxed riding. Its also a great bike for racing. Its not fast enough to beat the lowracers, but there are enough similar bikes on the circuit to give you a good race and you will be competitive in Sports or Street class.