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Need advice to soften cross ride quality(3 posts)

Need advice to soften cross ride qualityStockli Boy
Jun 17, 2002 9:50 AM
I ride an '00 Bianchi Axis (which I love), mostly on fireroad rides and often with slicks for road rides. I'm super happy with the way the bike rides, I just would like to soften it a bit so I don't lose any fillings on the washboards. It looks like people are lukewarm on carbon forks, but emphasis seems to be on weight, not ride quality. I've also thoght about a Softride stem or a Girvin stem, and the Judy metro. Any advice is appreciated.
re: Need advice to soften cross ride qualityThe Walrus
Jun 17, 2002 10:30 AM
The Metro weighs nearly 4.5 lbs, a pretty steep penalty for 1" of travel. I don't have any experience with the Softride or Girvin--I'd be interested in hearing feedback on them, too. I've encountered a surprising number of 'cross riders who swear by suspension seatposts, especially the RockShox.
Softride stemadventurefind
Jun 17, 2002 12:41 PM
Hey, there's nothing wrong with suspension on a cross bike. I have a softride suspension stem on my LeMond Poprad. It takes the rough out of the washboards. I did have to pry it open for the Salsa cross bars though.

As for a suspension post, I use one of those cheap nashbar ones. It does the job and they don't break the bank.