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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:35 pm 
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Lovely bike & great rebuild.. :xmas-cool:


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:57 pm 
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Well, it was only a matter of time before it got muddy. :mrgreen:

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Loving it, obviously... it's fast! Not as confidence inspiring on more technical stuff as my C16R is but it really bombs along - felt like I was riding much faster than usual on the downhills etc. Everything works, and nothing broke on the maiden voyage so that's good.

The more eagle eyed will spot another small change made - I fitted a black seatpost. My 5 year old son says it is an improvement - "more rare" in his words. The brown saddle stays, I tried a Flite but it didn't look right.

Still got a couple of tweaks to make (as ever). Brakes still aren't springing back nicely/equally despite a quick double check that the springs were seated right. I might try swapping springs front to back to see if I can even them out. In the meantime they stop OK so I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.

I'm not convinced by the Smokes... seems I generally have a preference for a more rounded tread pattern, I just find them nicer to corner with, and to be honest I felt like the Smokes were digging in less than the cheapo Michelins on the C16R. Lots of slippage going up hills and stuff. It was pretty muddy though... I dunno. Maybe they need breaking in. I might put the old Ground Controls back on and see how they compare.

Also... I'm not 100% about the handlebar setup. I've got nice T-bone Prestige stem here which would bring the bars up and back... and maybe I'd prefer conventional straight bars... again, not sure, but I just felt I had less control than with the C16R. Might just be a case of getting used to it.

Still, lovely bike, I'm proud to own and ride it.


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