ISoftride’s Catapult Biket
It was no secret that the Softride crew hated the MBA crew back in the ’90s. When we tested the first bike from Softride, we griped about the bouncy beam, lack of standover height and undamped, spring-loaded suspension stem. So, what brought us back to test the new Powercurve? The engineers told us that the new bike wouldn’t raise our blood pressure this time, thanks to a better-tuned and mountain bike-specific beam with a sheer damping elastomer, a new seat clamp to improve standover and a new parallelogram-designed stem, which Softride partnered with Control Tech to build. Nevertheless, we went into the test with a healthy dose of skepticism.
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