My ugly green T-Bolt has gone through several evolutions. In each evo, it gets uglier. What started of as an entry level full sus, morphed into a bit of extreme XC or trail, then...of late, became the most hideous form of ugly green ogre to date. Can it live up to it? Or is it just a curse casted by the jealous fairy godmother?
RS Revelation 409. 115mm, dual air
Marzocchi Bomber 55R 2008. 160mm travel, coil with air preload and rebound
Now, the height increased. Getting on it is much difficult. Head tube angle slacker. Wheelbase extended. Compounded further by the huge offset of the dropout. Lower the saddle and you'd feel like riding on a Harley.
Fumbled with the setup at first. Made worse by busting my shock pump in the process. First outing ended up in disappointment because it was too soft. I didn't set the air preload properly. And...these funny Italian's markings on the rebound were confusing. The + (plus) sign means slower rebound, while the - (minus) makes the rebound faster. Bummer! I went out on first outing with clunking noise when tackling the terraces of Tuan Mee.
Some serious browsing and getting lost in the WWW that night brought new revelation. Owww..shucks, not that Revelation, just revelation about the Marzo 55R. I laughed at myself. For 2 reasons - Jubilation for the revelation..and self ashame for my silliness. And all the browsing was not futile... A satisfied ride followed. Terraces of Tuan Mee felt rather different with the long legs. Woo...hooooo...Errr...but it come to climbing, arrghhhh...my legs gotta work extra hard. Well, you can't have everything, can you?
Atomlab Pimplite with Novatec hub
Atomlab Pimplite in closeup. Atomlab says "it's tough as hell". Have they been to hell?
Novatec front hub. Dual purpose. For quick release and 20mm through axle.
Novatec rear hub. Could run as normal quick release or 10mm bolt on axle.
Spec of the PimpLite taken from Atom Lab website.
- WIDTH : 28MM WIDE
- LOGO : NEW ANODIZED LOGOS
- MATERIAL : 6061-T6 ALUMINUM
- SEAM : PINNED SEAM
- COLORS : BLACK, WHITE, RED, OR GREEN
- SIZES : 24" X 32 OR 36H, OR 26" X 32 OR 36H
- NIPPLES : USES ATOMLAB TORQUE NIPPLES
- APPROX WEIGHT : 24" = 546g / 26" = 630g