Now that I have a few good rides on the Occam, I figured a brief update was in order. With any new bike, there is a break in period. The cables, brakes, tires, shocks, and saddle all need some miles on them before they’re race ready. The break in process is routine, however, the new bike adaptation can take some time. Adapting to a new geometry, full suspension, and a whole list of new components, requires some tinkering.
My philosophy is that with enough time, you (the rider) will adapt to whatever bike you ride. Whether it be a 29er, full suspension, hardtail, 650b… it doesn’t really matter once you get dialed in on the bike and get used to how the bike handles. I have been playing with suspension settings, fit geometry, and tire pressure to obtain the optimal ride. The optimal ride is impossible to define because it’s 100% personal preference. Sure, there are guidelines and manufacturer recommendations, but on the trail, it’s all about how it actually feels to the rider.
In my humble opinion, this bike is rad and ready for the Go Pro Mountain Games in Vail this weekend. The question is… am I?
Thanks for reading!