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Nov. 6, 2014, 11:19 a.m. -  Pete Roggeman

#!markdown I wouldn't quite say you need to work it to get the bike to corner, but being active and aggressive over the front definitely produced better results and let the bike's personality come out. Slow speed tech: down is better than up, but all bikes in this category should be similar. Your question about climbing is good b/c I can answer specifically - if you have a similar trail on the shore re: going down, I might be able to help. There are definitely times when a steeper HA would help with steep climbs, but not on Old Buck - that's just a grunt no matter what you're riding (to me, at least). When it gets tighter then yes, you're going to feel that slack HA and need to overcome it with precise body positioning. But that's the game, right? I'll take those 65 degrees and laugh all the way down. There are always compromises but the Nomad splits the difference really well. The 74ยบ seat tube angle is key.

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