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    New bike... handling "issue"

    I just replaced my trusty old Zaskar. I loved that bike. It served me well for 14 years. So, I bought another. But, because things change, the new bike is a bit different. The new bike doesn't handle like the old one... I need some insights...

    I'm just under 6'2" with a 35" inseam (all legs...) about 190 pounds (not sure that matters)

    The old bike has a 19" frame with a Judy (65mm when new... closer to 40mm now) with a 120mm stem, no spacers, 22" bar. The seat was probably 9" higher than the handle bar... really. That old-school XC racer set up... got used to it.

    The new bike is an XL with a Reeba (100mm), 120mm stem, spacers, 23" bar. The seat is probably 4" higher than the handle bar.

    I'm sure the new bike - the frame at least is the right size. I have 2-3" of stand over, a couple inches left of seat post. The Large was simply too small - 4+ inches of stand over, seat post over the max line...

    Okay, so the handling thing. I just rode trails I've ridden countless times on the old bike. The new bike was pushing though fast turns, e.g. the front tire was sliding toward the outside of the turn... I'd have to use a bit of back brake to keep it from pushing too much. I was at 45psi F&R so I dropped the front to 40psi with no change. I've used the same tires - so that shouldn't be it.

    It almost feels like I'm more upright now - not as much weight on the front tire - letting it push??? I'm thinking of swapping the 120mm stem for a 100mm... but that will actually put even less weight over the front... see... need some insights here.

    Thanks!

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    Well I don't have the energy right now to get into the problems that you are having. But I do know that if you’re new bike isn't a Zaskar it's time to choose a new name, unfortunately. Which was addressed in this thread. http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...highlight=ibis

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    It is a Zaskar... but to your point - it's a new Zaskar. So, a name change may be needed. Unless... hmmm... I'm old. I'm an old Zaskar guy, e.g. been riding a Zaskar since 1994... still on a Zaskar.. There - justified the name. It can stay. Whew.

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    When I went from my old hard tail to a new, higher end dual suspension bike with a little steeper geometry I was all over the place for about a week and felt like I was out of control. I got worried and thought I had made a big mistake on my bike purchase. But I adjusted quickly and now ride much faster and with better flow than with the old bike.

    I'd give it a little time before trying to make a bunch of adjustments. If you got fit properly, just ride that sucker for a while to get used to it and see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar
    It is a Zaskar... but to your point - it's a new Zaskar. So, a name change may be needed. Unless... hmmm... I'm old. I'm an old Zaskar guy, e.g. been riding a Zaskar since 1994... still on a Zaskar.. There - justified the name. It can stay. Whew.
    Ha-ha good luck with solving some of the above mentioned problems with your new bike. Glad to hear a name change isn't in order and sorry for getting you off topic.

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