Pimping the Fuego

Pimping the Fuego

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.

Redrilled Fuego seat
Redrilled Fuego Seat

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.

Fuego with flatter seat position
Fuego with flatter seat position

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!

5 Comments

Sandy Watson Posted on8:35 pm - Mar 15, 2020

Hello! I’m a leisure rider myself these days on my old Radius Dino, but just to let you know I have read at your blogs and have a passing interest in what you do.
(I also have an old dog of a tandem for fun, an old non-suspension Stumpjumper which I don’t intend to use off-road much now, and a Brompton which I use extensively to augment car, bus and train journeys).

Just for interest, about the Dino:
– the front wheel is an old Alesa 20” – no longer available – and the front fork is too tight to accommodate wider BMX-type wheels.
– another consequence if that is – no tires to fit the Alesa rim
– although the seat is quite upright, it encourages a sort of cracking forward of the head/neck. Maybe needs a headrest.

AtB
Sandy Watson

    laidbackbikes Posted on8:59 pm - Mar 15, 2020

    Radius Dino – not a model I’ve seen I think. Mesh seat I would think and probably quite comfy. Underseat steer on this sort of bike? There is a Dutch guy in Edinburgh with a Roulandt which is maybe similar idea?
    May catch a glimpse here on one of the videos.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/66067108@N08/albums/72157654569896181/with/18811987945/

    David Mason Posted on7:27 am - Mar 16, 2020

    I hadn’t heard of those before Sandy – took a look online. LWB with USS? Looks pretty comfy. Can you not get Schwalbe tyres to fit on the 20″ wheel, or is it an odd size?

laidbackbikes Posted on9:01 pm - Mar 15, 2020

That Fuego is shaping up to be quite a machine. Joe at Bicycle Works fitted sintered pads on a Pelso build to get rid of the noise a bit.

I expect with the new profile you may get some interesting stats on Strava!

    David Mason Posted on7:30 am - Mar 16, 2020

    I think the pistons on my hydros were dying. The seals blew on the front one. They have done close to 10000 ‘sporty’ miles in the Borders so I’m not complaining. I think the longer I ride bikes, the more I like pure mechanicals. Just so easy to set up and adjust. My TRP Hy/Rd brake died as well – looking online seems to be a common problem. I think BB7s are tried and tested. I have a Spyre on the CHR now, let’s see how that one fares!

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