ROB’S MOJO/NI­CO­LAI GEOMETRO G16 £2,600 (frame)

Rob’s been play­ing with ge­om­e­try and he’s pleased with the re­sults

Mountain Biking UK - - LONG-TERM RIDES -

As I fran­ti­cally twisted the han­dle of the head­set press and watched grease ooze from the head tube, I couldn’t help but think, “Is this go­ing to suck the soul out of this im­pres­sive ma­chine?” OK, I’m be­ing a bit melo­dra­matic, but by fit­ting an an­gled head­set to steepen up the head an­gle and make the han­dling a lit­tle more main­stream, I was wor­ried I’d chip away at what the G16 does best – go down­hill fast.

Fit­ting the Works Com­po­nents head­set was pretty straight­for­ward, though both cups took some coax­ing to get them sit­ting flush in the head tube. My G16 started life with a head an­gle of just over 62 de­grees, with a 180mm fork fit­ted. This in­creased slightly when the fork travel dropped to 170mm and the rear tyre vol­ume in­creased. Now, with the Works head­set, it sits at 63.5 de­grees.

Hit­ting a few short lo­cal DH tracks that I know in­side out, a small tweak to bar height and a cou­ple more clicks of low-speed com­pres­sion damp­ing on the Fox 36 fork were all that was needed to get things feel­ing great. But it wasn’t un­til I got the bike over to some faster, longer tracks in the For­est of Dean that my wor­ries about the steeper head an­gle were put to rest. While the steer­ing feels that bit eas­ier on flat­ter trails, the G16 re­mains in­cred­i­bly com­posed and ea­ger to at­tack ev­ery down­hill. Phew!

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