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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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    Quote Originally Posted by speedy25 View Post
    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.

    Bike is a 29er Diamondback Overdrive.
    Ah, there you go. 29'ers are known for their slow handling.
    My speculation was that it applies to some degree in cycling, and I used the previous proof as my reasoning, but I can't prove how exactly it applies to it and to what degree. That, I have admitted, is speculation based on reasoning, but not at this point provable.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
    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.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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