Being somewhat inspired by the mad souls of the downhill fraternity on the gogglebox last night, I decided to go up the hill this evening. And come down again. And being as how the Mantra is at last sorted out and going well, I decided to take it just to see what it could do. Yes, I know the Mantra is notoriously _not_ a downhill bike... But it's a great uphill bike. It really does climb nicely, very stiff under power despite the enormous rear travel, and getting up to the 200 metre contour was remarkably easy. Then turn around and come down again. Whheeeeeeeeeeeeeee... I mean, the hill track I use is not the Fort William course. No jumps, and not that narrow. But about as steep and with a couple of hairpins at least as tight. And plenty of rocky bumpy bits. And it's lots of fun. The Mantra does not like sudden applications of brake because it does have brake-jack and the geometry goes a bit wierd. This is slightly nervous-making because where on the Jekyll if you've totally cocked up the line and need to dump speed in a hurry you generally can, on the Mantra braking has to be thought about further in advance. And where I've learned to trust the Jeckyll's front suspension to get me out of horrible situations safely, the front fork on Mantra doesn't inspire that sort of confidence. But the bike is so poised and steers so nicely that I found I didn't have problems with my line (to be fair I wasn't really powering down as I sometimes do) and was able to do pretty much the whole run off the brakes, just braking down in anticipation of the hairpins and then accelerating out again. Great fun. -- [email protected] (Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/ /-\ You have discovered a security flaw in a Microsoft product. You |-| can report this issue to our security tesm. Would you like to | | * Be completely ignored (default)? | | * Receive a form email full of platitudes about how much we care? \_/ * Spend hours helping us fix this problem for free?