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Old 09-20-12, 03:04 AM   #1
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Steering

I'm not completely sure its my technique or the bikes steering specs but thought the board might help.

I was recently in Flagstaff, AZ having fun on some of their bike trails. Forst problem was lack of traction on the sand/rocks combo. A lower tire pressure solved that. Next as I blasted around the bike doesnt really want to go where I point it. I'll describe it as "slow steering" from motorcycle experience. Anything I can do to make it better? Or would another brand do what I want?

Bike is a 29er Diamondback Overdrive. I have enjoyed riding it so far.

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Old 09-20-12, 01:01 PM   #2
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the bike doesnt really want to go where I point it. I'll describe it as "slow steering" from motorcycle experience. Anything I can do to make it better?
Not much, I would imagine. Handling is largely determined by frame geometry. A shorter travel fork would probably help.

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Bike is a 29er Diamondback Overdrive.
Ah, there you go. 29'ers are known for their slow handling.
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Old 09-20-12, 02:40 PM   #3
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I have experienced handling problems with lower tire pressure. They tires grip better, but the handling seems looser and sloppy.

I have only ridden 26ers, but can imagine that the sloppiness I have experienced would be exaggerated with 29's. The handling issue seems to work itself out with experience. As a rider I adjust to my bikes issues.
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As a rider I adjust to my bikes issues.
Haha. Thats typically the way I think. But I figured since it was a better quality bike than I 'm used to maybe there was something I was missing.

BTW- It handled about the same with high and lower pressures in the tires. Traction was noticeably different ion the sandy terrain.

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Move out of AZ and your fixed.
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Steering is way over rated.
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