Z150s – The first ride

I got home from work at 16:10, got changed straight away, sorted out the Camelbak, and was out of the door by 16:30. The first part of the ride is three miles of road climbing, not the best test for 6" forks. I flicked the ETA lever and bounced the forks down a bit, but they didn’t shorten that much. The climb felt slightly harder than usual, but then it was the first time I’d ridden a bike with any suspension for over a month. One at the top of the hill I flicked the ETA off and headed along the cheeky trail which runs along to Combe Down. The forks felt great off-road, nice and smooth, and very stiff. The bike handled differently, but then the forks have an inch more travel than the previous ones, and are another inch longer on top of that. Once I reached the back of the Uni and headed down the hill the forks really showed their benefits, allowing me to descend much quicker than before.

Back down on the canal, the ETA seemed to sort itself out a bit, compressing the forks quite noticeably, and improving the handling no end.

Overall I’m very impressed with the new forks, definitely a worthwhile purchase.

For all the impatient readers, there are even some pictures now: New Z150 forks.

Update: The forks now have a nice stealty black BETD ETA Control Knob thingy. A vast improvement over the bit of bent plastic they are supplied with.

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10 Responses to Z150s – The first ride

  1. alex says:

    wow! they’re great! i’m really excited…. er.. what am i looking at exactly ?

  2. rjw says:

    The new forks on my bike.

    ADSL working now then?

  3. alex says:

    yes, sat with pda, browsing with the wonders of wireless technology

  4. rjw says:

    Mum’s not a geek.

    Well, as far as I know she’s not.

  5. Olly says:

    Aye, they’re pictures alright.

    Very nice purchase BTW – I expect you to get air next ;-)

  6. matt says:

    bike looks gangly and weird. :o
    maybe it;s the picture angle.

    i need to sort the heckler out.

  7. rjw says:

    Nope, it does look gangly and weird with the forks fully extended.

    Rides nicely though, and that’s what matters.

  8. Olly says:

    Of course as soon as you get on it i’ll stop being gangly and wierd ;-) And we’re all used to seeing forks that big with an extra crown on them.