Drop-Bar MTB Fitting Update #1

Right now I’m running a Deda 60mm stem with Deda RHM01 44cm (ctc) handlebars on Size L 2010 Breezer Thunder Comp. I’ve got about 50 hours on the bike, all gravel or single track.

It’s a fun bike to ride but it’s also a hard bike to ride. It takes a while to adapt to the handling every time I ride it. Front wheel wants to collapse into the turn and the steering does not feel stable. It’s easy for the front wheel to get knocked around by roots/rocks and overall confidence on rough sections take a while to develop.

It’s hard to lean the bike, body lean and hip English require a lot of effort.

However! I can ride this bike pretty fast on single track and have had no back, hand or neck issues on rides up to around 2.5 hours. I guess it’s pretty well fit now but there’s always the nagging feeling that something is off?

Maybe it’s due to the frame being too big? TT is 605mm, or maybe it’s just slightly counter intuitive compared to my other bikes. Trail is 71mm, mechanical trail is 67mm and wheel flop is 21mm.

Charge 29er is 586 top tube, 81/77 and 25 and it feels great to ride. Probably due to wide bars and closer position.

Hmm.

 

Notes:

Turn in brake levers to test for better reach with gloves

Alternately – add spacers to bring levers closer to handlebars and adjust brake calipers to compensate.

Test lower stem

Test longer stem

Test shorter stem

Buy light 26 tubes from Performance Bike

Raise seat 3-5mm

Potentially move handlebars from Haanjo Comp to this bike

Get good at counter-steering

Determine Front-Center and check

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