(X-Post from All Mountain Forum)
I tested a GT Force Carbon last weekend, and was really impressed with it's pedaling performance. The trail I tested it on didn't have too many rocks 'n roots, and I also didn't have a lot of time on the bike, so I couldn't really test it's braking behavior.
This is what worries me a bit: in principle, GT's I-Drive (or Independent Drive Train as they call it now) is a single pivot with the bottom bracket mounted on an extra link, right? Does this construction "solve" the classical stiffening problem that single pivots have under braking, line the Horst link does?
My current ride is an Orange Patriot 66, and I really don't like the stiffening rear end under braking on that bike. I know some here believe this to be a braking skills problem. I don't wanna get into that, but let me say that I changed my technique (or tried it), and the stiffening still bothers me.
Also, did anyone try a 160mm fork on a Force? I'd prefer that slightly slacker HA, and I don't need really the extra frame strength of the Sanction.
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