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    La Ruta short-travel bike

    Got to demo the New short travel LaRuta 26" today. 2" travel
    Looking to have this bike made in a custom 29" version.
    No pivots or bushing to be maintained.
    (not posted on the web site yet!)
    The intent of this bike is for fast & light weight cross county style riding
    or racing.

    Positives:
    >No frame flex
    >BB stiff and responsive
    >Light weight 3.6lbs frame only
    >Front end handled great
    >Felt like a soft tail with more travel
    >Out of set climbing was more hard tailish
    >Over 3" of tire clearance behing the BB for mud and crud.

    Negatives:
    >Definitely request a shock with some type of motion control /SPV. Shock on this one had no rebound dampening. Not sure, maybe the shock was broken.
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    Half fast, not slow, not fast... just half fast.

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    Is this it?

    I remember seeing something about La Roooooota! before and found them. I did not know they were making 29'ers though. How about a rigid?

    http://www.285.us/

    edit: i knew i saw it somewhere:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?...004/news/apr30
    Last edited by edemtbs; 02-20-2006 at 08:17 PM. Reason: knew it!

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    You mean one of these?

    Yup, pretty [email protected] cool. Please share your build when it happens!

    Cheers!
    -Ian

    Edit: I guess that's a bit different than the previous La Ruta seen here. Should be a nice ride!
    Last edited by goneskiian; 02-21-2006 at 12:07 AM.

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    Ehhh, not for me, but cool to see new efforts. Seems like most of the complexity of a full-pivoted FS without the benefit plus the risk of cracking flexing metal. Why not get a Racer-X - more travel, stiff as heck, light, proven, etc.?

    I have a question about the effects of the stays on the damper. Most dampers are pushed to full extension due to the internal air pressure or coil spring. On this design the damper is being pulled to full extension by the stayy as well as a damper induced push. I suppose this applies to all softails, of which this is one, but is it exacerbated as travel/shock stroke increases? Would it necessitate special, heavier rebound damped dampers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soupboy
    ...Why not get a Racer-X - more travel, stiff as heck, light, proven, etc.?
    ...yep yep..asylum much much cheaper...ti ~same cost.
    FS: Everything

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