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    Steering damper

    Hi Guys,

    Anyone put a Hopey steering damper on a Pugs with a SC32?

    Or on one with a standard fork?

    All comments appreiated.

    Al

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    At one time I thought about getting one., but decided they weren't for me or my Pugs. They seem to add extra complexity and maintenance. From what I understood oil can leak from the unit under certain conditions, or when the seals go bad.

    I would pass, and focus on other things that will make your Pugs go better. i.e. bb, bar, tires, cranks, saddle, etc. I did...

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    Big thread here, essentially I had no luck with it:

    Hopey Steering Dampner on a Pugs?

    Shorten your stem by 20mm, get wider bars and you'll be way better off than using one of those IMHO.

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    A steering damper helps to make up for deficiencies in the bike's handling.

    In what circumstances are you having problems with the Pug's handling?

    (I don't have any problem with mine, but riding styles vary, and you may be going much faster than me through technical terrain.)

    Edit: just read the Hopey thread. Most of the improvements quoted could be fixed by bike setup. I find the the best fix for flop is steepening the head angle - to do that on a standard Pug would need a shorter fork + a different offset to compensate the trail figure. I can do this because I have a homemade fork that is adjustable, but if anyone is having trouble with a Pug in technical terrain it may be worth looking at the front fork. A fork could be modified for less than the cost of a damper and has the advantage of no moving parts to wear out.
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    Thanks for the response everyone.

    It means I can make an informed decision.

    Al

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    New to the scene is the Cane creek AngleSet...seems like a good way to customize a bike's ride or to set up for aggressive summer / passive winter riding. There is a link to a review on the sidebar ----->
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    Velo,

    I'm setting it up as a tourer towing a fat tyred BOB trailer. The front fork, which'll be my SC32 will have 10Kg of ballast, in the form of water, to balance out the load of the trailer.

    I think a damper would help in this situation.

    Al
    Last edited by alanm; 09-20-2011 at 09:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanm View Post
    ...I think a damper would help in this situation...
    I think you're right
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