Help me understand why – shorter travel felt better!
Depens on the terrain you ride and how fast you want to ride it. I’ve gone the other way, from a short travel XC bike to a longer travel slacker bike. I ride terrain that is fairly steep and bumpy as well as groomed trail centres. I’m an order of magnitude quicker over the steeper bumpier stuff now – before I picked my way down, now I attack it and am looking for stuff to do little jumps off – a whole new world and great fun. On smooth groomed trail centres i’m slower than on my XC bike, but when on the descents i’m quicker and its more fun. For me its all about the fun. Also my body is expsed to less punishment now. Before after a long ride on a bumpy route, i’d have back ache, arms would be battered and i’d generally feel like i’ve been hammered. Now, though knackered i’m physically feeling better.Posted 4 years agoSuiMember
I recently had to put my Pikes on the GSpot (farewell Hustler) after taking the 66’s off so I could at least pedal it around. I have since found that running 95mm travel is brilliant and the bike is exceptionally nimble in the ST. A downside though is that the Pikes blew seals and cartridges at the weekend.. 🙁Posted 4 years agoampthillSubscriber
I’m confused about manually being easier, as your weight would have been further forward, and the bars lower – so should have been markedly harder to manual
But the push down on the bars might have lead to more force on the front wheel and therefore a better spring upPosted 4 years ago
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