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Goin' Crazy in 2009

  • Offroad Riding - 13002.72 miles [289]
  • Aborted Riding - 61.00 miles [3]
  • Turbo Trainer - 33.70 miles [3]
  • (TOC) 13063.72 miles
  • (TA) 13097.42 miles

Hurtin' in 2008

  • Offroad Riding - 10602.84 miles [300]
  • Turbo Trainer - 130.20 miles [8]
  • Running - 114.56 miles [24]
  • Aborted Riding - 37.20 miles [2]
  • (TOC) 10640.04 miles
  • (TR) 114.56 miles
  • (TA) 10884.8 miles

Riding in 2007

  • Offroad Riding - 8365.93 miles [300]
  • Road Riding - 3599.80 miles [70]
  • Turbo Trainer - 50.90 miles [3]
  • (TOC) 11965.73 miles
  • (TA) 12016.63 miles

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Pretty Ti'd Up

01 Mar 2009 at 15:45 Filed Under:

Today was, finally, the time for the new bike to tell me if it was any good. The results were possitive.

Much like last year, when I declared 29ers to be 'like a bike, really', so it has been proved again, this time just a fraction lighter (600gms or something pitiful)

As with most Brantmade stuff, it just feels correct from the start, just does what it does and gets on with things, whereas other bikes would be shouting LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT ME, this bike, shouts MOVE OUT THE WAY I AM GOING WAAAAAAAAAAY FASTER THAN YOU, YEEE HAAAA (or that's how my internal dialogue was translating things).

Now, all this extra goodness can't be entirely attributed to the 29er/titaniumness, new headset and crank bearings make a huge difference, actually "huge" "colossal" would be more fitting. That's not to say the differences over the Surly weren't noticed, but they were much more subtle, less power needed over large bumps, less banging up the arms down the rough stuff, more stable, and quite a noticeable increase in acceleration.

38 miles today, trying a newish route, and purposfully trying to hit things a little harder than normal / brake a little later.. most of which the coped with magnificently, the only let down was the terrible-in-any-type-of-mud Geax Saugaro rear tyre and the XT crank arm coming loose a number of times, both not major problems.

Oh and I destroyed 18 riders today.. at the end I was just hunting for fun.

Future upgrades: Seatpost (because I have one), BB Cup-Set (Likely to Chris King), rear wheel (DT 340 w/ Mavic 29er rim), Headset - Likely Chris King. Maybe bars to the lightest Alloy Easton risers.

and, one last thing.. I'd forgotten how much carbon forks judder under hard braking.

The People Comment: (5 responses)

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10:19 02 Mar

What gearing/ratio you got on this Matt?


12:07 02 Mar

Oh yes, the carbon fork flutter, i try not to look too often, it worries me even though the forks have passed numerous strength tests.


14:58 02 Mar

yeah flutter is distracting, I don't actually brake to a stop much anyway only road junctions, so that's where I notice it, amplified by the fact headsets only last a week before they start to knock, so there's that movement too... and wheel bearings.


10:27 06 Mar

tighten your chain :-)


10:40 06 Mar

That was the end of the ride, it was tight to start with.

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