UKXCNews.com is doing reviews on top riders bikes. This weeks its our very own Russ Welch on his RUSSTi
Its always great to get feedback (on RUSSTi) from customers. Max kindly allowed me to share his email.
"Just to let you know I did my first xc race of the year last week.
I have ridden the bike a few times but not as aggressive as in a race!
I have also been fine tuning the position on the bike as I was getting a few aches in the neck as i think I was over stretching.
Finally settled on a 70mm stem which seemed way too short for xc!
Well I was wrong it handles beautifully with the short stem and has added confidence and comfort.
Just adapting to the different feel!
I also noticed after the race my friend was saying how beaten up his body was.
I felt like my body had worked hard but somehow I felt more refreshed than usual and not my joints knocked out my sockets!
I know my forks are smoother but there is something else going on here!
The frame doesn't feel flexible when stomping on the pedals but there is some dampening going on!
Certainly there is some magic in those titanium tubes!
Thank you, you have done a great job with the frame!
It can only get better!
I have got some plus wheels waiting
Nice mix of old school suede Flite saddle and modern Orange Hope Technology Ltd components on a Travers RUSSTi
Jim's Travers RUSSTi he used for the Tour divide
Steve Day (Current single speed 24hr World Champion) blog update
Its been an interesting few weeks... As I sit here with a streaming nose and the first cold in a long, long time, with a day off work to look after my son, I have had a chance to reflect over the past few weeks that have been quite ‘eventful’.
So I thought something was going on yesterday on my hills session, when everything just seemed like a lot more effort than the last time I had the same training reps to do. Turns out that by the end of the day my face was full of snot and sneezes, so feet up for a few days... just as Jon (my E3C coach) was setting me up for a tough week – the first one in a while. This follows almost coming home early from work on Monday after a serious case of the shakes mid-afternoon just before a big meeting I was involved in for my current project. I guess this is the result of what has been a very stressful few days after my son suffered from his second spontaneous Pneumothorax (collapsed lung), and the subsequent surgery that went with it to remove the piece of lung that was causing the problem. His last one was just before his birthday and Christmas, and both resulted in stays in hospital – the first since he was born sixteen years ago.
On a more positive note, there was some enlightening conversations with Jon over the Christmas period after the let-down of my race at Relentless in October. It was also good to get out with some of the other E3C mountain bikers for some nice chilled rides, one in north Wales, and the other at Cannock – riding with like minded people without the pressure of competition, just enjoying the company and the surroundings was very relaxing. The conversations were based around my targets for 2017 and pinpointing areas to focus on in training where I feel I can make further improvements over those achieved in the last 2 years with E3Coach.com. Next years WEMBO race and UK 24-hour chaimpionships are going to be tough as WEMBO is closer to home (Italy) so there looks like a large UK contingent going, and the UK champs should be as competitive as last year with some young guns coming onto the scene too. This is all made tougher by the fact the E3Coach are now coaching a load more 24-hour mtb’ers – bugger!
Training has been ticking over nicely up until this week... It’s been odd though. Compared to last year, which was properly intense from November through to February to get me sorted for New Zealand, this year feels slack, with the focus being on maintaining base endurance. It feels slightly odd, but I am certainly looking forward to a lift in the intensity whenever it happens, and hitting the locals trails a lot harder than recently. There has been one intense hit at the Dyfi Winter Warm-up, which had forced me to reacquaint myself briefly with fast techy stuff, long climbs and the buzz of working hard for a couple of hours. It also reminded me of how good the Jersey Pocket Super Race Bars are... giving me enough of a kick to keep plugging up the Dyfi forest climbs in some very chilly conditions (thanks chaps).
The other big bonus has been travers bikes making me a singlespeed specific frame to see me through the Worlds and UK championship this year. I am so looking forward to this and being able to do away with a chain tensioner again – life with sliding drop-outs or an EBB is so much easier! The only thing I could ask travers to improve on over the RussTi was to add a second bottle cage so I can ditch the hydration pack on the long training rides. So a big thanks to Michael Travers, who has also been kind enough to supply a set of his lovely carbon XC Prong forks and RussTi rims. It feels great to jump back on a rigid bike every now and then and remember how accurate riding with good quality rigid forks is. Like the forks, the rims are really high quality finish, and the super wide section has allowed me to run up to a 3.25” tyre, which, when the ground not been soaked has simply been amazing regarding grip levels. And while we are talking tyres, I am so impressed with the VEE rubber I am running now, having not shredded one yet (unlike the Schwalbe’s I was having constant issues with in the last half of 2016).
Thanks to everyone that is helping me out at the moment, and here’s to a promising 2017!
Local rider Martyn in full team kit testing out the Travers RUSSTi at the 2012 Olympic MTB track...now Hadleigh Park.
What gap jump?
Feels great to get some hills in the legs today at Dyfi Winter Warm Up... Pace was really hot up front and there was no way I was staying with it, especially after what felt like a right mince down the first couple of descents - I guess that's the result of living in the flatlands, but got my lines back soon after and felt much more at home! Snow spiced things up a bit on the drive there, but simply added to the fun out on the trails. Traversbikes.Com RUSSTi & Lauf Forks were ace again... so too was the combo of VEE's Crown Gem up front and Bulldozer out back - riding just off line in the snow allowed the 'dozer to really dig in.
Can't complain at 4th man back, but much respect to singlespeed Steve Chapman - he was flying (second back and a good 10minutes in front of me)!!!
Part 5 of Jims American adventure on his Travers RUSSTi - Moab Slickrock
HAND BUILT TITANIUM FRAMES.