Join Date: May 2008
Location: The Mangroves, UK
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Don't worry about breaking bicycles, or having them welded as a preventative measure. I've ridden two of mine into trees and they survive much better than I.
Aluminium frames are said to be less forgiving to the rider - a generalisation that may be true.
The cure is either to ignore it and get on with having fun, or fit gel saddles, a suspension seatpost, or Big Apple tyres - or all three.
All of these add weight to the bike, and the muP8 has been designed to be light. Light is better:
It's easier to add weight than to remove it.
The muP8 comes with ritzy Marathon Racer tyres, these are lightweight sprinty things, with the rather splendid lightweight and sprinty Kinetix wheels. Max pressure is 85 psi which you may find hard to achieve with a hand pump, and hard on your gluteus maximus.
There is little to moan about on the muP8, and a lot to admire. But it is a stiff lightweight sports bike, and something of a thoroughbred. You will certainly love it.