July 21st, 2003 09:32 AM
SC Bullit Owners
Here's a couple questions
Help an old school XC rider whose only been on full sus bikes for just over 2 years.
Bullit owners -
Do you make it up the real steep climbs or do you end up cussing at the laid back geometry *or* tell yourself there's a tradeoff for the "better goin down" thing? (I mean the real steep grunts that strip most of a group ride off their bikes I usually aim to clean those climbs)
When the speed gets turned up, do you get dropped, or do you feel like the Bullit can make a day of FAST twisty singletrack super fun - all the time.
Admittedly, I sometimes think I made a bad decision electing to buy the 03 Heckler instead of the Bullit. The Heckler is a super fast trail bike, takes a pounding with no problems, and I regularly launch it off 4-5' fun stuff as well...
My probelm is I don't like the 71 degree headtube angle (I have an XL). It feels too steep (IE: as a matter of fact - I feel more confident on my hardtail that has a longer (100MM) fork then on my Heckler b/c of HT angle)...It's funny too - like 6 years ago - all my bikes had 71/73 "traditional" mtn bike geometry... Origianlly I dismissed the Bullit, B/C I thought it to be too heavy for those serious uphill grunts, & headtube to be too slack etc...I suppose things are changing with my riding abilities
Oh, if this helps any, If I get a bullit, I'd probably go with 130mm fork...
What to do... ???