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Re:Central PA Century Ride Posted at 2008/09/12 15:37 Karma: 0  
The switch to USS is due to finding the stock aerobar OSS of the Speedmachine to be a bit touchy for my liking. It also made me feel as though it was pulling me out of the seat when turning.

The USS conversion is done, and I've already found the steering to be much more to my liking. HP Velo created the Speedmachine with separate mountpoints for OSS and USS. The USS requires a linkage that runs from the head of the fork to the underside of the frame just below the front of the seat.

In my test ride around the lot, I found that the indirect steering helped to dampen the touchiness I had experienced with OSS. It also helped me with turns in that I felt more comfortable leading with my inside elbow since it was closer to my center of gravity instead of having my arms up off the center and stretched forward.

Certainly, I sacrifice some aero by going USS, but I don't move fast enough for aero to be a consideration. The conversion turned the Speedmachine from a bike that frustrated me into one that I can't wait to ride.

That's not saying that OSS on it isn't worthwhile. It just wasn't working for me.

Now we just need to get the brakes straightened out. Ever since buying it, the Magura Julies have given me fits. Right now, the rear brake provides barely any stopping power at all. Could be a contaminated pad or rotor, but the pads were replaced early on and the rotors cleaned with isopropyl. There's a good chance I'll just go to Avid BB7s and be done with it.
 
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