Sound like you need a shorter stem. I start to notice the steering slowing down a bit for my tastes on slow speed tight stuff when I wind the forks out to 130mm (normally run at about 110mm) and I run a 70mm stem. Mind you its fantastic at speed when set up like this. When I bought mine (an old model medium) Cy said he thought 70mm was about perfect for XC type stuff.
KearosPosted 6 years ago
When you say “understeers” do you mean it’s actually pushing the front end wide (ie not gripping) or is it just slow to turn? What bars? How many spacers/how much rise overall?
It’s pushing the front end wide. Bloody scary at times!
30mm spacers. Low rise 660mm bars.
Thanks for all the above advice. Shorter stem it is then!Posted 6 years ago
Shorter stem should work better all round… But if you’re pushing the front that’s a traction issue more than a control issue. So… What tyre? Are you confident that the fork’s set up right? Assuming those 2 are OK I’d wonder about technique more than anything else, but obviously haven’t seen you ride.Posted 6 years agobigdan6Member
Unless you are riding a large frame I would imagine having 30mm spacers means your seat and handlebar height are very similar. This may mean you don’t have much weight on the handlebars which could account for the lack of grip you are experiencing whilst turning.
Hope that helps,Posted 6 years agomboySubscriber
Fit a shorter stem, steer ‘from the hips’ not by turning the bars.
This, though 100mm isn’t exceptionally long. Soul designed for a max 90mm stem length though…
Also, weight the outside pedal whilst cornering. This means get the outside pedal to the 6 o clock position, and carry your weight on it. Weighting the bike directly through the BB will essentially make the bike handle very neutrally, and is good practice as well as the fact it will probably speed your cornering significantly.
Oh, and look at the exit of the corner, not 6 inches in front of your front wheel.Posted 6 years ago
Thanks. Have been ridding for years. Motorcycle trials, mtbs, triathlon etc, was ridding a trek ex8 before this with no issues so I’m pretty sure its the set up not me (hope so anyway…)Posted 6 years ago
I’ll try the stem. Appreciate all the advice. Always ready to listen, learn and get faster!
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