Review on the Travers SOFTi. by Stuart Carmichael
See below a few pictures from my recent adventure in Scotland on my Travers SOFTi.
It’s the sort of riding I had in mind when I approached Michael Travers about building a Ti softail - something for long days back to back on single and double track where carrying the bike was a strong possibility.
It’s a 29r with room for 3” tyres so I can keep it comfortable without lots of suspension.
For this trip I ran tubeless Maxxis Forekaster tyres 2.25 rr 2.35ft on Mikes 35mm wide rims; the idea was for good air volume but not too draggy.
With a 100mm fork and 80mm available at the rear the balance between traction on loose climbs, comfort all day and fun factor on the descents was better than I had hoped for. I put a lot of this down to the frame geometry; well done Mike.
The bike climbs so well it feels like it’s accelerating! There is the perfect amount of compliance out back to keep the rear tyre in contact with the ground without pinging about and there was no bob the DTSwiss shox, it had three settings - open, climb and lock but such was the positive action I kept it open the whole time even on steep tarmac climbs!
On rocky fast descents line choice was no problem, the bike was stable and solid through twisty loose switchbacks as well as open let it all go straighter stuff even with only 100mm fork - perfect head tube angle.
On two feet being Ti it’s still light enough to carry for mile or so and get over eight foot high deer fencing!
Can this bike do it all? It’s pretty damn close, I raced a couple of the Kings Lynn Mtb club winter series on it in the three hour vets and managed 4th in the series.
So to sum up - best bike I’ve had, well done Mike, and I’ve had a lot of bikes but this is a keeper.
If you want a test ride then give me a shout.
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