My preferred bike since I bought one second hand last January has been a 456 and I now have a Ti and a steel one. Last week I rendered the one I had taken with me to the Lakes unuseable and I reverted to my older Pace 303. The Pace is a gorgeous ride but it is not as good going up or across tricky stuff as the 456 so I was on a slight downer..... until we did a few steep rocky descents and I remembered how utterly secure the Pace feels going downhill.
Why can't I get either of my 456s to feel as bombproof on the downhills?
The Pace is fitted with an RC41XCAM bolt thru fork, the 456s with a Pike Air U turn bolt thru and a Fox Talas QR.
The RC41 does have a longer crown to axle height. Is that it?
I prefer the suspension action on the Pace although the fork does not have the general features that I quite like on a fork (lockout/travel adjust options rather than the lockdown) but the other two forks are both quality kit. Is it as simple as the linnear nature of the Pace fork?
The Pace is a medium, the 456s are 18" so slightly bigger. The Pace has a 100mm stem and the seat is pushed back. The 456s have 90mm stems and the seats are pushed foreward. Getting out over the back of the seat to adjust your centre of gravity for the descents is equally achievable on all the bikes so I don't think it is a size problem.
I don't know what all the different angles on the bikes are. Is it a geometry thing?
Any suggestions gratefully recieved.