I was thinking the same thing. I don't agree with the comment about stability and balance at all. But no matter. I'll measure my BB height when I get home.Vespasianus said:I almost feel as if they rode a bike that was too small for them.
I believe the ML was designed with an 125mm Fox in mind.Blofeld said:I was under the impression that the differences between the MotoLite and the 2009 FTM were the lower bottom bracket and front end designed around a 140mm (rather than 130mm) fork.
With a 140mm Fox fork and 2.1 Kendas my ML2's BB is 14". When I rode the '09 FTM I can't say I felt any higher up. Did MBR get a couple of duds?
What seems strange to me is that the FTM has ALWAYS supposed to be lower than the MotoLite and Switchblade even with a 140mm fork. An inch of BB height is would mean about 3" of A2C change, hard to think that much could be attributed to fork variation alone.Warp said:The SB and ML shared the (almost) same geo... being the main difference the longer chainstays on the ML.
My SB measured 13.75" with a Pike. So, if the FTM measured 13.75" with the Fox 140mm, then nothing has changed.
But to put the BB at 14" you need to put something like a Lyrik/36 on the ML. No joke! I got like 14" BB height when I put the Zoke AM1 at 145mm.
So, yeah... something doesn't add up. Did they get a dud? Did they measured correctly?
It looks like they were suing too little a bike also... or compensated with a longer stem and, IMHO, that feds up the handling of a trailbike.
Pure speculation at any rate. Now if someone would be very nice to post pics...
Did MBR used the "control tyres"?? Maxxis Ardent 2.25" is what they use as control tyre.
Yes, I have. Have time on two DW bikes.... the mojo and the spot. The spot was heavier, but better in every way .vs the Mojo. If I had to replace my ML today, it would unquestionably be the spot. The suspension out-classes everything else I've tested. It has a remarkable ride quality.dulyebr said:have you test ridden one?