Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: SW Suburbs - Chicago
Bikes: Burley Canto - Trek Cross
I ride a Canto, have back problems, severe arthritis... Broke a couple of vertibre in Marine Corps training too. Just retreaded to a Kenda Contact up front and a Bontrager Comfort B on the rear. I have about the same speed capability on the road, a little better on trails, and a much smoother ride than the factory hard thin slicks that came with the bike. The frame does OK on smooth transitions (dips), but is somewhat rough on sharper bumps. I like the limbo concept, but couldn't go that high $$. I'm sure it would help with average bumps since the shock absorber would give a little, but the canto frame provides some "passive" shock absorbtion too that I have noticed. BTW I'm at 210lb (last summer) to 222lb (now). Did the WI MS-150 (all hills) in long wheel base, and switched to short wheel base with the new tires. I like it both ways, but will be staying short for the near future, and at least 1/2 this next summer.
The tire weighting is definitely more even on short set-up, but the front still doesn't dive with hard stopping, but the rear definitely gets real light (skids) though.
I don't see myself doing an endo with hard braking and a short wheelbase like on a DF, but I can skid the rear now. Long wheelbase was super stable. Being lower is nice, but I still don't trust myself to do a 2 wheel side skid stop like I can on my Canondale road racer (only last about 10 minutes before I need to get off due to extreem DF position, but a fun ride on 130lb. skinny tires and almost no bike weight.) perhaps someday I or someone will make a super light weight recumbent style, so far most builders are coming in quite heavy, even the CF lowracers are very thick bodied.
Last edited by captboom; 01-27-05 at 10:53 PM.
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