Thursday, November 06, 2008
We went out for a local night ride on tuesday - daveoptionalchops, anja and the alpine massive. Dry weather, slippery under tyre. Rocking and rooting, diving and bombing. Rode the odd bike (from now on known as El supra beasto) in anger. 4" tyres are pretty amazing things. The deformation over uneven ground due to the low pressure (i ran 14 psi) allows an increase in traction that is difficult to explain. You can quite literally charge into things and let the pneumatic suspension and huge foot print massage your way through.
I like it. The bike is fugly. Tis true. But its all about working out what i like and what i dont. At the moment, my lean is towards at least 1.5" off the bb height, and a longer top tube/more relaxed seat angle. Couple this with a lower standover, taller head tube and perhaps an adjustable seatpost...and im on the right path.