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    Sluggish steering on test ride: bad bike or bad setup?

    I need to replace a crashed bike and took a test ride at the LBS. I was generally happy but can't get past what I found to be a horribly slow steering response. The old ride may have been pushing "twitchy," perhaps too much, but this felt near "dead." No reviews of this bike suggest this problem, calling handling "responsive" and the like.

    Angle 1: this is just a bad bike for me. It's never going to handle the way I want, and I should move on. (Or worse, they all feel like this anymore.)

    Angle 2: the setup was bad. I was riding the biggest frame on the shop floor, a 58 cm. A 60 or 62 would be correct. Maybe the size was throwing off the handling - weight distribution?

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    "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation."

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    Probably set up wrong. So many thing with a brand new bike can cause that - headset too tight, wheel bearings not turning properly, brake pads rubbing, cables stiff, new tires including ones wider than you are used too, under inflated tires, and on and on.
    Last edited by StanSeven; 04-20-15 at 09:29 PM.
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    how long was the stem?

    the one on the bike

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    What was your old ride and what is this other bike? Differences in geometry?
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    My thought is... ride more than 1 bike and make your decision when you have more information.

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    Knowing the bikes and geometries would help. If the other bike has more trail and a slacker head angle it can definitely feel more sluggish.

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