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Ride Report 2005 Specialized FSR XC
We've had a few nice warm days here and I was able to get out and really ride. Now it's cold, raining, and I'm stuck in the house with strep.
Anyways, the ride report... This bike is wonderful! There is no pedal bob at all, although I thought at first there was, it turned out to be in the seat - a very bouncy seat... I put it on my old 930 on the trainer and had the same feeling. The suspension works perfectly. I have so far used 3/4 of the rear travel and never felt the bump that did it! With my back and ribs, that says a lot for the susp. Shifting is very precise, dead silent, and smooth. The only way you know you've shifted is in pedal tension. Even going up a fairly steep hill and shifting, there was no slamming into gear, no jerk, no noise. Brakes are very quiet compared to the squeelers on my 930, just a slight rubbing noise, and some serious stopping power (although I'm still going to change to discs). Steering is scary responsive! This bike really wants to turn, while it does track quite well in a straight line, it was clearly designed for narrow twisty trails. This bike is incredibly light feeling compared to my 930. It took both hands to pick up the 930, and only two fingers to pick up the XC. Even riding on the road is very, Very, VERY comfortable. Keep in mind, the doctors only cleared me to get back on the bike in Feb., so even 10 miles is a veeeerrrrry long ride for me at this point. 10 miles on the 930 was hard work, 10 miles on the XC is a joy!
My only beef with the bike is my getting used to the limitations of the 27 speed drive train. You can't cross the cogs too very far before you start to feel some resistance, grinding, skipping. Better components might make up for some of that, and is it really a problem? No, it's just me. And the platform pedals, while very comfortable with street shoes, and worry free for an old broken body, will have to be replaced at some point with clipless (I'm thinking candy's in yellow )
Overall? What a great ride! Takes me back to the day I got my first real bike and was allowed to leave our block. A phenomonal sense of freedom and joyfulness. Would I recommend it? Absolutely! Give it a try, I don't think you'll be dissapointed.
Last edited by jstream; 04-20-05 at 09:44 AM.
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9 speed systems are more sensitive to crosschaining than even 8 speeds. As long as you realize that there is a similar gear ratio in another chainring and shift to accomadate it you'll be fine.
Originally Posted by jstream
If the platforms are comfortable why not just get a set of traction pinned BMX style platforms?
Originally Posted by jstream
I use Odyssey Southgates on my trail bike and I've never been happier. No fuss no muss. Pins that grip, bearings that run smooth, it's a good thing.
I love the Time Control Z's that I run on my commuter bike but I still prefer flats off road. I'm not racing so why not be comfortable?