Yes, I am also finding myself a little distracted today. So I have embarked on a small research project.
I was very disappointed after riding that Claymore. It just felt so much better than the old firebird. More stable, stiffer, faster, yet no less flickable or fun. Sure we were only riding downhill….. but damn it felt better than a Cannondale should ever be. WTF is going on here!
Questions to answer;
• Was it just the effect of the boxxer fork?
• Did the bigger fork increase the head tube angle making the different feel (vis-a-vie trial a boxxer on the bird?)
• How heavy is the boxxer, what is the A-C
• How does the claymore Geo compare to the Firebird/Nomad
• How heavy was the Claymore, is it too heavy for a trail bike to tackle the stuff we ride most.
• Could I ever ride a Cannondale…
See below spreadsheet containing support data to the following conclusions.
• As we all knew the Nomad and Pivot are very similar in geo measurements.
In comparison the Claymore has longer wheelbase, shorter chainstays, slacker head angle.
However the Claymore is no DH geometry (Compare Phoenix geo in chart)
• Boxxer Fork had no effect on geometry as it is almost same A-C height as the fox 180mm oem fork.
• In standard build kit the Claymore is similar weight to Firebird/Nomad (I couldn’t confirm frame weight only of claymore)
Two key reasons for what I liked in the Claymore ride:
1. Geometry. You are sitting slightly further back over the rear wheel, lower BB gets you closer to the ground, and the slacker head-angle has more wheel in front of you. I am guessing the differences are enough to make it feel more planted, yet not overly affect its ability to be thrown around a little.
2. I am also thinking a big difference was in the rear sock. With its two stage setting it can be a very plush DH tuned shock, or a platform-based pedalable set-up. Jury is out as to how well it pedals on our normal trails though? Personally I don’t think I like having a switch for riding up or down?
Sure the Boxxer fork added stiffness to the front end, but shouldn’t have delivered anything much in plushness or function over the Fox 180’s (Though I am very interested that the World Cup version Boxxer is only 300g heavier and no taller than my fox 180 Hmmmm….)
Initial concerns on weight didn’t pan out. The reason Alistair’s Claymore was so heavy has to be the coil Boxxers, and 1.2kg tyres.
Could I ride a Cannondale???? Not sure bout dat!!!