Tuesday, July 14, 2009
first ride(s) report
got out on the new bike a bit. took 2 10 mile rides yesterday, and a 25mile ride today. todays ride i hit some big dirt road uphills and dirt road downhills for the real handling tests. i am pumped! this thing handles so well, exactly what i wanted out of it, and it fits oh so perfectly.
my comparisons come from having ridden a surly crosscheck for the past 7 years, maybe 8. this bike handles high speed descents and carves turns very well. on the CC taking turns downhill it always felt like i had to fight the bike to lean over and seemed like it tended to under-turn, not at all with the new ride. it just seems to "know" the turns. when going in a straight line it tracks perfectly, rides wonderfully with no hands, but is still ready to make a quick turn at a moments notice yet isnt twitchy. when climbing out of the saddle at lower speeds it really locks in and doesnt wander, just goes in a straight line or wherever it is being pointed.
ride-quality-wise it feels nearly identical to the CC. doesnt seem any stiffer or softer, and doesnt seem to absorb any more or less road shocks/vibrations than the CC. the fork seems to move a little bit more when applying downward pressure, but i havent noticed any differences while riding. im using the same wheels and tires from the CC so that sorta levels the playing field removing additional variables.