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BEAM BIKES???? SOFTRIDE!!(10 posts)

Jun 25, 2002 7:02 PM
whats the deal on this frames? they sound too good to be true ( weird looking though) any one out there rides one of this frames? can they be build with regular shimano stuff or they need special components?
don't need a shimano seatpost!!!SantaCruz
Jun 25, 2002 8:17 PM
No one can give you good advice about whether to buy a beamed bike. It's a very personal preference thing. Some love them some hate them. You will definately need to work on pedaling technique to avoid "bobbing" at a high cadence.

I've got one on the back of my tandem and some of my stokers love it while others hate it.
a bike is a bike is a bikesievers11
Jun 25, 2002 8:41 PM
if it is a bike you can use shimano stuff. the only difference with the softride stuff is the seat post is different. Otherwise same old stuff.

I think they are pogo/trampoliens in discuise. They just bob way too much, the bobbing effect will drastically effect to peddling, and effencey.

It dirves me nuts at our shop when people ask, "this is a cannondale, can you work on it?" Well this is a bike shop...we fix bikes...and that "cannondale" is just like the rest of them it just has an over priced amarican frame.
they only pogo if your stroke is inefficientloop
Jun 26, 2002 5:47 AM
I rode one for three years, and it did wonders for my pedaling. Frankly, I think that they are very comfortable bikes, and they're well-made. In my experience, Softride had terrific customer service and it's a company I'd buy from again.

Still, like has already been said, people either love them or hate them--no in between.
I ride one, and love it!Softrider
Jun 26, 2002 4:47 AM
I ride a softride and think that it is an excellent bike.

The whole idea of the beam is comfort, and the bike is very comfortable. This bike is great for century rides, but probably wouldn't be my choice for crit racing.

Like others have said, some like them and some don't so you will have to ride it and decide for yourself.

As for components, they use the same build kits as any other bike less the seat post.
My main road rideMel Erickson
Jun 26, 2002 5:41 AM
and I love it. It's very comfortable and the beam actually improves pedaling efficiency by improving your pedal stroke. To ride without bounce you have to pedal circles which is the most efficient. I've been riding it for three years and had no problem getting used to the beam from ride one. All components are standard (except for the seatpost, duh!) It's a very stiff frame making out of saddle sprinting good. I have a little trouble getting a small wedge seat pack to work but I jerry rigged something that works ok. That's about the only drawback I've found. Mine weighs just under 21 lbs. equipped with older Ultegra with 105 brakes and Mavic Reflex clinchers/Conti GP's. Nothing special. With some work and money I'm sure it could be sub 20 but weight doesn't matter alot to me and the type of riding I do. They will never be the lightest out there but just about the most comfy.
My experiencebrider
Jun 26, 2002 5:41 AM
Well, since I own 3 beam bikes (all softride beams, but the frames are custom), you can guess that my experience has been positive. Used to do a lot of triathlons, and most of them are on chip-sealed backroads. One of those races made my ass go numb, so I thought I'd give the Softride a test run. Well, 10 minutes into the test ride and I'm looking for things to run over. Just a smooth ride. The bobbing issue isn't that bad if you have a decent pedal stroke, and will smooth out over time. I've raced Softrides for years, both road and track (Marymoor velodrome ain't that smooth). Crits are no problem. My bikes are all the "Solo" style, with small triangles, so the lower part of the frame is very stiff for good climbing and sprinting (not that I've ever been accused of having a blazing sprint). In any case, it's no detriment. What I found is that even though the bike IS a bit heavier, the comfort factor more than made up for it, and my endurance increased dramatically. Fatigue due to road buzz just doesn't happen nearly as much. Do be advised, however, that if you're going to do any international racing, that the Softride configuration is not UCI legal.
one thing about the PowerWingsloop
Jun 26, 2002 5:51 AM
The front derailer is tricky to shim into place. It's not impossible, but your wrench has to put a bit more effort into it as opposed to a standard clamp or braze-on. I rode mine for 3 years and loved it. I'm back to a standard bike, but only because I've stopped racing tri's and wanted a steel road rig. I'd definitely consider buying S'ride again, though.

Great bikes!
hey thanks for the input! winter project ??bear
Jun 26, 2002 12:16 PM
Hey thanks for the input! Winter project?mmmmm that sounds like winter project coming on!
I don't race so that's not an issue! It sounds like you are force to better your pedaling! I can use some of that seems I am a masher
I was the sameloop
Jun 26, 2002 1:42 PM
Three years on my Power Wing cured that. In fact, going back to a regular bike has been great. Part of it is geometry and fit, but the other is a smooth, efficient pedal stroke.

Enjoy. Be sure to cross check your beam requirements with your weight (Softride makes 3 stiffnesses). Also, when you set it up for height, remember to take pre-load into account. IOW, your static beam position will be slightly higher than what it rests at when you're sitting on it. That also affects seat tilt. It'll all be apparently once you have one.