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    I got to tool around on a Pugsley this morning...

    It rolled a bit more easily than I had pictured, but it was definitely a tank. One thing I noticed was how much effort I had to exert to turn the front wheel left and right. All that friction from the rubber on the ground made it sticky, and I was only on pavement and not soft ground. It took some effort to slow to a stop too. I don't see myself buying one of these, but I'll admit I was grinning the whole time I rode it.

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    That's exactly what I thought

    when I first rode a mtb in 1984.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    It rolled a bit more easily than I had pictured, but it was definitely a tank. One thing I noticed was how much effort I had to exert to turn the front wheel left and right. All that friction from the rubber on the ground made it sticky, and I was only on pavement and not soft ground. It took some effort to slow to a stop too. I don't see myself buying one of these, but I'll admit I was grinning the whole time I rode it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelbike
    when I first rode a mtb in 1984.
    Har! Good one!

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    there was a geared pugsley at the mont 24hr endurance race this last weekend. Was mostly cruising around the camp area but I saw it on a couple of laps. Fast, flowing singletrack with LOTS of deep mud. I think it was probably an advantage at some of those spots. Certainly went quickly around some of the muddy switchbacks where my couch and esky were strategically placed

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomacropod
    there was a geared pugsley at the mont 24hr endurance race this last weekend. Was mostly cruising around the camp area but I saw it on a couple of laps. Fast, flowing singletrack with LOTS of deep mud. I think it was probably an advantage at some of those spots. Certainly went quickly around some of the muddy switchbacks where my couch and esky were strategically placed

    - Joel
    I wonder how well those tires do in mud? Obviously they have flotation, but they're a semi-slick tread. Would you even want to float over mud, or cut down through it? Maybe it depends on the mud. Shiggy?

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    well on my 2.0s on the same course I just went fast and pointed straight in anticipation. Worked OK.

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    Thanks for the heads-up!! I've been so busy I forgot all about the MONT. I'm expecting a MONT write-up soon Joel!!

    I think the general comments you hear about the Pugsley go a bit like:

    "Wow I really, really want one.... but I'm not sure what I'd do with it!"

    I can see its strength in sand and of course snow (duh that's what it's designed for...) but it'd be interested to see how it would handle other conditions. I was kind of surprised to hear that it had been taken into the sludge!!

    Cheers, Dave.

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