Well had a first off roadish ride this morn. To say off road would be cheating a bit mostly man made paths but there is an interesting bombhole to play about in. I found that the bike seems very efficient, gives a good position on the bike for putting the power down and cruising, nice and comfy
At the bomb hole it was easy rolling off the downs and was able to keep a neutral position without having to hang off the back, though on the ups finding a front rear balance to stop the front lifting or the back spinning was interesting, definitely a narrow band. I'd be interested in the original design A-C of the fork, just to see how different the groovy is. Speaking of the groovy and the front end in general it does seem slightly on the heavy side, lifting it takes a wee bit more effort but I guess thats to be expected from an all steel front end. On the plus side the rougher terrain did not seem to trouble it at all and it was a case of look where you want to go and the bike goes, seemed to stick quite well even if theres a slightly on top of the bike feel.
Anyway it was hardly a testing route, hopefully get a chance through the week to test it on a trail more suited