I own a tallboy for 3 years now.
Also ride a rigid hardtail (Air9).
Both have the same gearing: double 36/22 and 11/32.
However, on my Tb, I experience severe leg-burning, on steep climbs in the last 1/4 part of marathons, be it race or casual riding.
Did a 105km ride yesterday with about 1100 altimeters with the Tb.
Been in the granny and 32 sprocket alot on those final climbs...
On the flats or false flats however I could still maintain around 30k/u, even on the latest tracks at km 104.
A week ago I did a race with the rigid Air9: 70km with 1400 altimeters.
Here I could ride lots of the climbs on my 36 chainwheel.
Even on the last climbs I could push till I got out of breath, whereas with the Tb my legs get sore first and I end up with a 'breath-surplus' on a particular 'late-in the race-climb', to revive again on the flat after the climb.
Overall, averaged, I was faster on the rigid, though I lost some time on the descents where the Tb is far superior.
It feels like the VPP2 is 'eating' some of the power on steep climbs.
Should I fiddle more with the Monarch RT3 shock?
Perhaps some tuning might help?
I ride @ 25%sag.
Or am I a 'hardtail' guy?
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