After my previous post I went out and bought myself a new stem and bars for my Specialized Epic, to try and bring the geometry in a little to my particular taste. I went for the El Norte riser with a 2″ rise as I like to sit pretty high in the seat when cycling; I’m no bent-over racing snake I’m afraid. Also went for a Titec Rip 3D stem – 90mm with 10degree rise as I said last time.
Well, the bits came through on Saturday and I fitted them that night; what a difference! The bike just feels so much more comfortable and I was surprised at how much it changed the steering at low speed. I feel like I’m cruising round the switchbacks on the uphills and it’s done no harm to my handling on the tight downhill corners you find at Glentress. Both the bar and stem are a good weight too; nice and light, but not so fragile that I’m afraid it’s gonna snap off on the first drop-off.
I took the bike round the Ae Line down in Dumfries on Sunday but had a bit of an epic ride involving technical disasters and rescue riding so I’ll leave the commentary to another post. Suffice to say Ae was really good and the disasters were even better!