Posted by: Ride.DMC
I managed to get a ride in. I only had time to get to my local trails, Delta Watershed Park. Anyone who rides there knows it's not the type of terrain where you would expect a slack(er) bike to shine, but having said that I thought maybe it would be the perfect terrain to expose the warts of a slack(er) ride?
Well, that wasn't the case. I didn't notice any change. No more pedal strikes than usual. No difficulty navigating slow speed turns. No floppy feeling.
I was kind of disappointed to be honest. I guess I thought if I noticed the negatives straight away, the positives would be equally noticeable once I get to the right terrain.
Now there are a couple of short steep sections in the park, so I decided to check one of them out near the end of my lap... And I swear the bike DID feel more stable and more composed. But then I assume I must of imagined it because it was literally 50 feet of trail, maybe less. How could I really notice anything with such a short sample?
So the jury is still out I guess if this "upgrade" made any difference. I've gone from disappointed to happy that there seems to be no ill effects at least. I am looking forward to getting on some steeper trails sometime soon.
I think taking some time on that bike, in its new form, in some terrain that's well served by a slacker head angle is the key. I managed to ride my bike (with the -2) and a buddy's rental 153 (stock headset) back to back and there's definitely a difference. But, like any suspension bike, static geometry isn't the same as dynamic.