Cross with the most bounce!
I know it has to do with stiffness - but I don't know the technical word for it.
My commute to work involves about a mile long downward slope riddled with uneven pavement and potholes. This is why I'm getting a cyclocross.
While test riding several bikes, I noticed that some were more fun than others.
Whenever I make for the long descent - I've notice that some bikes respond more pleasantly. They have a 'bounce' which make for an awesome fun ride - whereas some bikes cause unpleasant vibrations and feel brittle and fragile.
Please enlighten me if you know what I'm talking about. To date, the bike that was the most fun through all the potholes and uneven pavement was the cannondale XR7.
If you can help me figure out what to look for when looking for a fun ride (weight considerations be damned) please respond to this post, and I will love you forever. Are aluminum frames better than steel frames for this type of riding? Was cannondale more fun because of higher quality aluminum? or what was it?
newbie cyclocross fan