my brother has a 56cm subrosa malum. his gear is 48/16 (81 gear inch) with 165mm crank length. seat height measured from center bottom bracket to top of seat is 27.5 inches. he runs platform bmx pedals with straps.
i have a 53cm raleigh rush hour. my gearing is 39/14 (75.2 gear inch) with 170mm sugino messenger cranks. the 170mm length crank came with the bike when i bought it used. my seat height measured from center bottom bracket to top of seat is 27 inches. i have mks gr9 pedals with cages and single strap.
i rode his bike and i feel way more control on his bike than on my bike. i can trackstand with ease and skid easier than on my bike. i am able to seat skid stop and i cant do it at all on my bike.
i would assume my gearing would be easier to slowdown/skid/stop than his. the only thing i can think of is crank length. i thought longer crank length would make things easier to ride and stop.
i want to make my bike ride as well as my brother's bike. what are your opinions?