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Old 05-21-24, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by t2p
do not understand ‘did not feel stable’ ???

maybe it’s the fit / seating position … narrow bar ? …
Originally Posted by randyjawa

The ride quality left a lot to be desired. The bike felt clumsy, awkward and noisy. To that add that it did not feel stable, to me.
Sounds a lot like the tires. Lots of inexpensive MTB get fitted with (also inexpensive) tires that are designed more for appearance than actual performance. Tall, widely spaced knobs (“Because Mountain Bike!”) those tall knobs can flex when ridden on pavement, especially cornering, and cause that squirmy feeling it sounds like the OP is describing.
BikeForums also tends to over-inflate their tires, which can increase that effect; a little less air pressure lets the casing flex a little, so that the individual knobs don’t get loaded so heavily.

In practice, unless you’re racing or riding in a lot of mud or loam, you can get away with a lot less tread than you would expect. Most of my riding is dry, hard-ish mixed surfaces. I run most of my old 26” bikes on low profile BMX or gravel tires, which are smooth, fast and sufficient for anything short of “Full Attack” race pace.
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Old 05-22-24, 07:43 AM
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Just like cars and trucks, tires can make all the difference. Tires get hard, loud, and slippery as they age in spite of ample tread. A tire swap involves minimal cash outlay and time. I like the Specialized Crossroads as a nice compromise that has a grippy tread, nice ride, and is quiet.

if the original poster has a lockable suspension fork, that will also impact ride feel when locked.
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Old 05-22-24, 11:14 AM
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My 1983 Ritchey Annapurna was once the coolest mountain bike you could own. I took it on epic tours, including Canada's Northwest Territories. Now, with 1.5" tires pumped to 80psi, it is the greatest town bike ever.









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Old 05-22-24, 12:32 PM
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I really like my Surly Steam roller with Bruce Gordon Rock n Roads, enought bite for dirt but roll real easy on the road. These are 650b but the 700c versions should be nice also.
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Old 05-22-24, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider
My 1983 Ritchey Annapurna was once the coolest mountain bike you could own. I took it on epic tours, including Canada's Northwest Territories. Now, with 1.5" tires pumped to 80psi, it is the greatest town bike ever.









Very special bike for sure. Much less special but same idea with my 85 rockhopper. No epic tours yet but did get it out for a fairly momentous 3 hour off-road adventure this past weekend. First one in many years.

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Old 05-22-24, 12:54 PM
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I'd blame it on the suspension fork and tires.


1983 1984 Ross Mt. Whitney Smooth tired cruiser


1991 Miyata Elevation 5000 Touring with a double track mix


1991 Cannondale SH800 One great neighborhood / urban trail bike

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Old 05-22-24, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Chuckk
I'd blame it on the suspension fork and tires.


1983 Ross Mt. Whitney Smooth tired cruiser


1991 Miyata Elevation 5000 Touring with a double track mix


1991 Cannondale SH800 One great neighborhood / urban trail bike
Love the Mt Whitney. Just as a minor point of order Ross did not actually offer the Mt Whitney in 83. Only the Force 1 and Signature Mountain Bike (have never actually seen one of these) in 83. Certainly could have been built in late 83 for 84 model year.
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