I got a Liberte and am surprised at its handling ability. Not in a bad way, but in a different way. I can't ride with one hand, ride with no hand or ride off the saddle easily. Hopefully I will get the hang of it and be able do them at ease in the future. But since the bike is mainly for my wife and I mentioned about mounting a water bottle carrier to drink on the go, she doesn't think she can even take one hand off to in order to grab the bottle.
I wondering if it has to do with the small lightweight wheel and frame geometry. I've ridden mtn bikes with 20" wheels and can do all those handling techniques with no issue. Althought the wheel is much heavier and wider. Do you have the head tube angle and trail of the bike? Those are usually the parameters that defines a bike's handling speed (along with wheelbase).
You can try out reversing the fork, but we do not recommend this for several reasons: 1) Reversing the fork will bring the front wheel in closer to the bike, increasing the potential to strike the toe on the wheel. 2) Reversing the fork changes the "natural" shock absorbing properties of the bike; increasing the stresses on the bike when you ride over potholes and bumps. 3) Reversing the fork can negatively affect the handling and stability of the bike. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. Tony
I guess one gets use to the handling, although I will probably only ride it once in a while. But less skillful cyclist like my wife might take a long time to be able to ride while standing on the pedals.
I noticed the steering tube can be turned 180 deg ending up with a negative fork offset, and a huuuge trail. Maybe I can try that just to check out how it feels.
Hey there. Just like "full sized" bikes, there are folder for every occasion. And just like full sized bikes, you have recreation bikes and Pro bikes. 😉
You do bring up a good point with your question. We feel that commuters AND casual rider may benefit from a more responsive bike (though that has not always been the case, think beach cruisers!)
But when commuting, with traffic, imagine a car door opening if front of you😫? Riding with traffic? Imagine a casual rider on a crowded trail (and they do get crowded on warm summer days!) Ultimately, it depends on the rider and their comfort level 😉 But the hope is that if a rider has been riding a beach cruiser and switch to a ZiZZO (for example), they get used to the feel of the ZiZZO over the cruiser. Tony
Thanks for the info. I am surprised at those geometries. That is probably why when I first encountered a pothole, my attempt at swerving around it caused a much bigger turn on the handlebar than expected.
Aren't folders generally ridden by commuters or casual riders that wants to just throw the bikes in the trunk and be done with, instead of crit racers that expects lightning fast handling?
Thank you for your post and you make an accurate observation with regards to the handling of the ZiZZO Bike. The Liberte has a steeper head tube angle (86.8 deg) and smaller trail (27.5mm); combined with the smaller and lighter wheels, this can make the bike feel more "whippy". Generally, most riders will adapt to the new bike feel (think of driving a new car fo the first time. It'll feel vastly different from your old car, but you typically get used to that as well). That being said, we always recommend safe riding habits ;-) Let us know if you have any other questions. Tony