When Mark Steedman bought over the company, he was keen to perfect the Strida.
And he wanted to improve its handling, so he consulted all the 'experts' in the industry who came up
with various theories about what would improve the handling - and most suggested various angles
and tweaks based on traditional theories, and most were wrong!
We had a special fully adjustable test rig so we could try out the various theories and settings.
This was harder than expected because of the lack of "Strida virgins" ... the human soon learns to
adapt so the familiarity of the bike handling soon spoiled objectivity. In the end, we changed
two key factors: 1. we added ball bearings to the main loadbearing (lower) joint
2. we used the geometry settings from the rig most preferred by 'Strida virgins'.
The steering geometry of a Strida (Strida 2.5) is now quite different from the theories,
but it works! For a bike with such a short wheelbase, the handling is now really good,
a well balanced rider can ride hands off (don't try this at home, folks!)"