Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Kinsale, Ireland
Bikes: Trek 7300 FSX, Jamis Exile, Jamis Coda Sport, Raleigh Technium, Dahon Vitesse, Dahon Matrix
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Tried some single track recently in the San Gabriel mountains on a Dahon Vitesse with 20 x 1-3/8 Primo Comet kevlar 100 psi tires. Incredible sense of controlled exhilirating, acceleration. In comparison made my Jamis Exile with Continental Pro Vertical 26x 2.3 (superb) MTB tires feel like an SUV ;-) The quick resposiveness and very quick cornering of a 20-inch folder (with the right tires) on hardpacked single track can be an adventure!
But 20-inch folders can be skittish- you may need some DH armor ;-) There's a whole new skills set needed for single-track on a folder (which I don't have yet). Suggest you read "Single Track Mind", Paul Skilbeck, Missy Giove, Henrik Djernis, Velo Press, Boulder, CO, 1996, ISBN 1-88473-710-2. They were writing about MTB racing and not about rocketing down on folders (as I once tried through flocks of sheep in the steep hills of Dhún na Ngall, Ireland's West Coast ;-) So I don't know whether Missy's (DH Champion) secrets of bike handling (such as keep relaxed and don't sit too much) get lost in translation when single-track riding on a folder.
Last edited by Leo C. Driscoll; 01-12-05 at 12:24 AM.