I visited SPEZI in 2018 and enjoyed the spectacle of the place.
I am still looking for a simple, lightweight machine that will easily pack into a suitcase for travelling.
The Zox caught my eye and I was impressed by a short ride around the test track. They are not the most elegant of designs, being made from rectangular tubing which gives them a rather agrucultural look.
Next day I returned for another ride and realised that the seat is more upright than I am used to and is not easily adjustable.
Then I noticed the Nazca stand had their Highracer 28 available for a test ride. I was encouraged to take it for a long ride to get a feel for it.
The seat is noticeably higher than my Rosetta and the 700c wheels could fit only 28-700 tyres with no room for mudguards so I was prepared to dismiss it from my wishlist.
However the frame looked as though it could be fairly easily dismantled and fitted into a smallish box.
I had been walking around most of the day and the prospect of a ride was appealing so off I went.
I immediately felt at home on the bike and started thinking about the possibility of perhaps fitting smaller wheels to lower the seat a bit. The Gaucho is made for rim brakes only so it would need longer brake arms for smaller rims.
My suggestion of using disk brakes was dismissed as detracting from the design philosophy and degrading its performance.
After mulling it over for some weeks and emailing Nazca about what I wanted I placed an order for a frameset with disk brake mount on the rear end. They did not want to make a disk brake fork but I had carbon fork in my shed that I decided to use.
It took some months for the frame to arrive and was a bit fiddly to assemble some parts.
I have been riding FWD bikes for many years and was really not sure I would be smitten with this one but it has grown on me.
It is a very relaxing bike to ride and I am enjoying the lack of wheel slip on the very steep climb up to our house.