Before going out for a spin the crucial parts seatpost, seat and bottlecage (it was hot here too) had to be added. The post is a Kalloy, the seat a white Turbo and the cage is red anodized (a downhillbike with bottlecage
With the parts installed I were ready to take it out for a ride. I were positively surprised
I have had one before, but that one went to a friend on Curacau pretty quick. In my memory it was a very unefficient lorry. With my new one I immidiately had the right setup. Furthermore both shocks were also working more in harmony now. The 1st Verlicchi had a Judy in front.
The suspension really smoothens out the terrain. No need to steer away from bumps. It is now more about pedalling as fast as you can. The handling is very good. It isn't the most agile, but point it and go!
I discovered it is a great bike for training purposes. Because of the system and the weight (in particular the weight of the rotating parts) I have to do a bit more my best to keep up with my friends .....unless the course is a downhill (but there aren't so many in Holland). When riding alone it is a bit like you're riding against wind. It really makes me stronger.
I think it is a great early full suspension to own. It is not the most efficient, but it is tough and if it fails it isn't a financial disaster. Initially I weren't sure whether to keep this one in the long run, but now I am. I'll deffo keep it. It is worthy representative of the FS breed in my stable.