I recently built up a new bike, which feels really good. So much so that my existing bike feels "wrong". Initially I just put this down to a honeymoon effect. New bikes are always great. But it doesn't seem to be going away, so I've started to try and work out what it is that feels right about the new bike.
The best I can do so far is to say that it feels really balanced, but even I'm not really sure what I mean by that. It's just this feeling I get when I'm clattering down the trail, the bike is bouncing all over the shop but somehow I seem to be this oasis of calm in the middle. The other bike can be ridden down all the same trails at the same speed, but it always feels as though I'm fighting the bike.
So, is that what is meant by balance and if so what causes it? I was thinking last night (as I fought the other bike around the trail) that maybe it has something to do with where the centre of gravity of the bike lies in relation to the bottom bracket.
I guess what I'd really like to know is whether I can make the existing bike feel as balanced as the new one. If, for example, I carefully try and get the contact points (bars, saddle and bottom bracket) to be the ame relative to each other, will that do the trick?