Calling all Planet X RT58 owners.

by redmeat   June 16, 2014  

I'm looking for some opinions on this bike as I am considering buying one in the very near future.

In particular I'd like to hear how you'd compare it to other bikes you have/have had - especially if you have previously had a Planet X SL Pro/Pro Carbon.

Look forward to hearing from you all.

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I have had one since March of this year having perilously ridden a trek 1.7 for a number of years. The bike is a lovely ride IMO and I have it with the ultegra set up with a slk crankset. The only things I have changed is the saddle as I prefer a fizik over the one it came with.
I ride 17 miles twice a day to work and it's knocked 10 minutes off my commute and I to to get a 50-70 km ride in on the weekend and the bike eats up the miles.

posted by BigAl68 [33 posts]
16th June 2014 - 18:11

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Should read previously riden. Bloody predictive text on a phone.

posted by BigAl68 [33 posts]
16th June 2014 - 18:13

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Thanks Al. Can I also ask what size frame you're riding and your height and inseam please?

posted by redmeat [67 posts]
17th June 2014 - 8:11

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I have the large frame and I am 6 foot tall with a 31 inch inside leg if that helps. I have to say the bike has been trouble free and the vision wheels also have been bullet proof on some fairly rough roads and I even spin it along a canal path on a regular basis and they are still true. One thing with planet x is you need to keep in touch after you have ordered as they have a 21 day plus build queue at the moment. When I ordered there were a few stock issues so my 7 days became 11 but they upgraded the crankset as the ultegra 6800 went out of stock. They put a fsa slk on which I also love. They now have an sram and campagnolo version at varying prices but I would recommend the bike.

posted by BigAl68 [33 posts]
17th June 2014 - 20:01

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Thanks again Al.

I'm 5' 9" with a 33 inch cycling inseam (yeah, really long legs for my height - which corresponds to a short torso) and I'm drawn to the RT58 by its geometry. Relatively tall head tube with a shorter top tube suits my body proportions quite well.

I also quite like the look of this frame in the raw matt black...getting an itchy trigger finger...

posted by redmeat [67 posts]
18th June 2014 - 13:04

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I'm hoping to pick up my Ultegra build next week — I too could no longer resist...

I'm 5'11 with a ~31" inside leg and went for a large size, although I did go for a fitting to establish that. I'll let you know more once I've ridden it, though it's my first Planet X bike.

posted by Adlopa [3 posts]
18th June 2014 - 13:51

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Adlopa wrote:
I'm hoping to pick up my Ultegra build next week — I too could no longer resist...

I'm 5'11 with a ~31" inside leg and went for a large size, although I did go for a fitting to establish that. I'll let you know more once I've ridden it, though it's my first Planet X bike.

What are you currently riding?

posted by redmeat [67 posts]
18th June 2014 - 14:10

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Got to be in matt black.

posted by BigAl68 [33 posts]
18th June 2014 - 15:37

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A flat-bar alu road bike at the moment, so my insight may not be all that worthwhile...

posted by Adlopa [3 posts]
18th June 2014 - 18:22

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BigAl68 wrote:
it's knocked 10 minutes off my commute .

what?! does the bike come with a motor??

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posted by pants [73 posts]
19th June 2014 - 13:56

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Thanks 'pants'

Appreciate you pulling that thread up - I had searched before posting, but had put a hyphen in (RT-58) - I guess that's why I didn't see that one.

Very happy to hear any other comments on this thread, or on the one I started today - " Pro Carbon or RT-58 ? "

posted by kennethsross [7 posts]
19th June 2014 - 19:34

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Pants,
I forgot to mention I had got a new hip fitter in September so the new bike was a present to myself. So better bike and new hip equals 10 minutes.

posted by BigAl68 [33 posts]
19th June 2014 - 19:44

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I have one and it rides fantastic, feels light and comfy, I have a Campag build. It definitely feels quicker than my other bike but unfortunately has not made 10 minutes worth of difference on similar rides lol
I am 5 ft 6 and have an xs, fits great, well worth it.

posted by Gareth W-R [24 posts]
19th June 2014 - 21:39

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I've had one of these for 4 weeks now. I'm 5'6" and got the xs. After the initial love affair - 2 rides, I'm finding the stupid amount of toe overlap is really making me dislike this bike. It's had me on the deck twice and on today's ride I had three issues with it, one of which was a scary incident at a busy junction. Maybe I'll get used to it and adjust accordingly, but at the minute my thoughts are; expensive mistake and ebay.

posted by The Acai [12 posts]
21st June 2014 - 20:41

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The Acai wrote:
I've had one of these for 4 weeks now. I'm 5'6" and got the xs. After the initial love affair - 2 rides, I'm finding the stupid amount of toe overlap is really making me dislike this bike. It's had me on the deck twice and on today's ride I had three issues with it, one of which was a scary incident at a busy junction. Maybe I'll get used to it and adjust accordingly, but at the minute my thoughts are; expensive mistake and ebay.

Please let me know if you go down this route!

posted by redmeat [67 posts]
23rd June 2014 - 10:45

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I've now had the RT-58 for three weeks and 220 miles, and I'm very pleased with it. I'm 5'11" and went for the large size, and it seems a very good fit — and there's no toe overlap for me...

That said, it's taken me a while to get it set up how I like it, but that's nothing to do with the bike — and, with no post-purchase fit check, the pre-purchase bike 'fitting' from an LBS was largely a waste of money.

My longest ride so far has been 50 miles and I did finish with a bit of a stiff back so there's still some tweaking to be done. The riding position isn't too extreme, though, and it's a much smoother ride than my alu Fuji, despite the narrower tyres (23mm compared to 25mm).

It's very light (compared to my Fuji, at least) and feels fast — though it's actually not that much faster in practice. It does respond extremely quickly when I go for it, though.

Feel free to ask me anything else.

posted by Adlopa [3 posts]
10th July 2014 - 13:22

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Toe overlap happens but happens on my Cinelli too so its not really a big issue for me. I would have loved to read an official review but would not make a huge difference really. Still a great bike to ride. Only downside so far is in wet weather water accumulates in the frame which is normal. Only thing is there are no drain holes in the stays or bb area, its an upside down jobby.

posted by Gareth W-R [24 posts]
17th July 2014 - 21:35

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Wasn't the RT-58 supposed to be given a review/test on road.cc? I seem to remember reading that one had been sent to their offices for that purpose but a review somehow never materialised. That, or my search fu is broken. Confused

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posted by userfriendly [274 posts]
17th July 2014 - 22:00

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Adlopa wrote:
I've now had the RT-58 for three weeks and 220 miles, and I'm very pleased with it. I'm 5'11" and went for the large size, and it seems a very good fit — and there's no toe overlap for me...

That said, it's taken me a while to get it set up how I like it, but that's nothing to do with the bike — and, with no post-purchase fit check, the pre-purchase bike 'fitting' from an LBS was largely a waste of money.

My longest ride so far has been 50 miles and I did finish with a bit of a stiff back so there's still some tweaking to be done. The riding position isn't too extreme, though, and it's a much smoother ride than my alu Fuji, despite the narrower tyres (23mm compared to 25mm).

It's very light (compared to my Fuji, at least) and feels fast — though it's actually not that much faster in practice. It does respond extremely quickly when I go for it, though.

Feel free to ask me anything else.

Hi Adlopa, thanks for your comments. Have you any hint of flex in the frame at all, especially in the BB when giving it beans or mashing up hill?

posted by redmeat [67 posts]
18th July 2014 - 8:17

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