- Sovereign – Why is my bike hard to manual and wheelie?
My bike takes a real effort to manual and wheelie. I’m not really bothered about wheelies, I’m too old, but a manual is a useful tool. It seems way to hard compared with other bikes I’ve ridden. Before all the riding gods start questioning technique, a friend has a Blue Pig X that I find very easy to manual and easy to balance.
The bike is an Evil Sovereign, which is supposed to be a ‘manual happy’ playful trail bike, but it just doesn’t seem that way. Even lifting the front over obstacles takes a big lean back and big upwards tug on the bars. The blue pig just lifts the front wheel with a lean back.
I’m running Rev single airs, Single Ply lightish tyres, Flows, short stem, wide bars (740), so I’m not sure it’s a weight issue. The rear stays are adjusted about halfway which is a good compromise, and still short.
Not really sure what else there is to change?Posted 4 years agomaxtorqueMember
Just practise more!
If we are talking about Flatland manuals, then you simply need to get your body+bike CofG directly over the centre of the rear wheel. If the top tube is longer, the bars lower, the seat higher, the BB lower etc, all those will change how much and how far you need to move to find the balance point. Generally for me, thinking about “pushing the bike forwards out from under me, using straight(ish) legs” helped a lot as compared to think about “pulling the front up”. This is because if you keep your normal position, then you need to get up to a very steep angle to move the CofG backwards enough.
Get out, find a flat (soft!) grass field and start using some body language!! 😉Posted 4 years ago
Thanks for responses. I don’t struggle with the technique, I just find it harder on the sovereign. I think it’s easier on the blue pig as your weight seems naturally further back on the bike to start with. If I stand up on the Sov, my head is over the front of the bike for example, so I guess it’s just more effort required, and more leaning back.Posted 4 years ago
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