Registered: Dec 2002
Not to be facetious, Alan, but your colorful opinion sounds more like a sales pitch, than an unbiased observation. An opinion, I might add, which appears to have been grounded over a sporadic, 6 month period. So to be more precise, Alan, are you saying that the Tour Easy's ride characteristic(s), is essentially optimum, and that no further improvements are necessary (outside of the typical seat improvements or tire swapping?
Many seem to forget, that the Tour Easy/GRR geometry was originally conceived, intended and optimized for racing. An environment which not only stresses the importance of 'stiff' frames, but logically discourages the use of suspension. Driven by trophies and ergonomic advantages, Gardner Martin's pride and joy, trickled onto urban streets with little more than a refined, padded seat... bolted to same, record breaking, triangulated frame. The bike, as predicted, is a wonderful experience on reasonably smooth, race track like asphalt, but rears its ugly head (as do most unsuspended recumbents), at the onset of lightly broken surfaces or mismatched seams on cement. Most TE owners silently tolerate (or down-play) the ride qualities because of other advantages or overall 'sweetness' the TE continues to exude – NOT me.
Edited: Removed content (the last paragraph) which contained false info. My apologizes
Last edited by PaPa on 03-12-2007 at 07:33 AM
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