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Tips for Taming the Evo

Old 08-02-14, 05:14 PM
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Tips for Taming the Evo

One thing I really love about the Evo is how it corners. It really dives through with confidence and it is simply a lot of fun to push it. When bombing down a hill or climbing out of the saddle that same feature translates as a bit "twitchy". It has not caused any real issues, but I'm sure some of it is form. Any tips? For example, it seems a bit more stable when climbing out of the saddle if I stand a bit more over the saddle but I find that a harder position to climb from - especially when tired.
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My caad 10 is kinda like that. Before i got a longer stem it would twitch like a druggie. Longer stem helped and still corners like a boss
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Old 08-02-14, 05:29 PM
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I never considered my Evo twitchy. It's similar to my Allez. Both can be trouble to ride hands free at low speed, compared to a bmx or cruiser.
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Originally Posted by bikerjp View Post
One thing I really love about the Evo is how it corners. It really dives through with confidence and it is simply a lot of fun to push it. When bombing down a hill or climbing out of the saddle that same feature translates as a bit "twitchy". It has not caused any real issues, but I'm sure some of it is form. Any tips? For example, it seems a bit more stable when climbing out of the saddle if I stand a bit more over the saddle but I find that a harder position to climb from - especially when tired.
What's your stem length? My evo isn't particularly twitchy, but it did seem that way when I played with shorter stem lengths when I was experimenting with fit.
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Originally Posted by Nebby10 View Post
What's your stem length? My evo isn't particularly twitchy, but it did seem that way when I played with shorter stem lengths when I was experimenting with fit.
120mm. I guess coming from a Synapse it seems more twitchy. Another more positive word would be responsive but sometimes you don't want it to respond to each little movement.
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Have you tried not moving as much?
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I went from a synapse to the caad10 and took me a little to get use to it.
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Just ride it mate - they are cracking bikes, why be so concerned over minute things....
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Look farther down the road, especially when you stand.
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Originally Posted by bikerjp View Post
120mm. I guess coming from a Synapse it seems more twitchy. Another more positive word would be responsive but sometimes you don't want it to respond to each little movement.
Ah, if you're coming from a Synapse I can see that happening. It might be the difference in head tube angle and trail if your stem is that long.
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Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
Look farther down the road, especially when you stand.
Thanks. I do tend to look down. I'll give it a try.
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Try changing the tires to 25's & cutting the pressure to 90-100. Worked great on mine.
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Originally Posted by bikerjp View Post
120mm. I guess coming from a Synapse it seems more twitchy. Another more positive word would be responsive but sometimes you don't want it to respond to each little movement.
A Ferrari is more twitchy than a Mercedes S-Class too. Race bikes are faster handling than than endurance geometry bikes intentionally. Just keep riding it, and your riding style will adjust accordingly.
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Race geometry Cannondales have quite short trails, especially in the larger sizes; they really benefit from a longer stem and a deeper drop handlebar, to put some weight over the front wheel. Other than that, you just have to get used to it.
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Originally Posted by btographer View Post
Try changing the tires to 25's & cutting the pressure to 90-100. Worked great on mine.
I actually did that. Not sure it made much difference but I will say lately I'm not noticing the twitchiness as much. Maybe my skillz are just becoming more awesome
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Originally Posted by bikerjp View Post
Another more positive word would be responsive but sometimes you don't want it to respond to each little movement.
It'll get better. You'll get used to it and not notice. And, on the upside, it'll likely set the bar for responsiveness.
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