It’s been a long winter of gales and storms, which means lots of fettling going on in the garage. One of my projects for this year is to lighten up the Fuego and make it a faster machine. It’s already pretty fast, but there’s scope for a bit more!
Pimp project no. 1 was to lower the seat and get the whole bike a bit more streamlined. The geometry is already stretched to the maximum via the suspension adjustment QR, but I felt like the seat needed to go a bit lower still.
I took the seat off, and moved the front mounting bracket backward so that the front 2 bracket holes were bolted into the rear 2 holes on the seat, and then drilled 2 new holes in the seat further back for the other bracket fixing points. I then had to drill 4 new holes in the seat to match the new position of the rear mount bracket. So now the seat can quickly be moved between the normal position and the new more streamlined position.
With the seat back on the bike and lowered as far as it will go while still leaving enough space for the suspension to work, the whole thing is now significantly lower and flatter. Riding the bike in this position feels pretty low! It’s almost as flat as the CHR seat, not quite. The Fuego seat does have a deeper dip in the pan area so it looks less flat than it actually is. You are pretty close to the ground now though, and it feels really nice.
The other change I’ve made is to stack the steerer tube with the tube extender I was using with the aerobars last year. This significantly shortens the length of the tiller required, which is now quite short. I think this makes the steering a little nicer to handle.
My front hydraulic brake caliper failed recently, and both were squealing like banshees for no reason I could determine. Pad and rotor changes made no difference, so when the front one died I decided to go back to BB7s. This has restored my sanity with their complete absence of noise when braking.
The bike is starting to feel pretty racy with this seat modification, and I’ll hopefully get some numbers on its performance in the coming weeks.
More pimping to follow as time / money allows!