Kwiggle in the Alps
The ultimate road bike kwiggle comparison on the mountain
I wanted to know how the 6-speed Kwiggle performs on the mountain.
That's why I did a road bike-Kwiggle comparison in the Alps:
14 km and 1,000 metres of altitude, in the morning with the road bike, in the afternoon with the Kwiggle at climbs between 7 and 12%
My conclusion: The Kwiggle is almost better uphill than a road bike. But the best part was the Kwiggle downhill ride at up to 60 km/h, in slalom mode:
My most fantastic cycling experience ever.
Such downhill rides underline the high quality of the Kwiggle: Precise running accuracy, wear-resistant rims, no fidgeting at the wheel.
You can also view details of the action on Strava:
Uphill with the road bike:
I wanted to ride the route on the road bike first so as not to give the Kwiggle an advantage. After a little break, I wanted to ride the same route on the same day with the Kwiggle. It was mercilessly uphill the whole time, always between 6 and 12% gradient. 14 km long.
At the halfway point came the steepest sections. I almost wanted to give up on the road bike: A few times I even felt a bit sick because of the circulatory strain. The pulse was around 160-170/min. It worked out in the end, but it felt really borderline. I rode in the lowest gear for almost the whole distance.
One thing became very clear, and every mountain biker will certainly be able to confirm this: When riding uphill on a road bike, there is always the conflict between riding standing up, which puts more pressure on the pedal, but you have to keep lifting your weight onto the pedal, and riding sitting down: This is more comfortable, but requires more work from the thigh with a hunched back. The conflict is possibly solved by the Kwiggle.
Downhill with the road bike:
A beautiful downhill run where you can also let things run. But when I reached the bottom, I was exhausted and slept for an hour. then had to regenerate another 3 hours, before I could make myself to the Kwiggle uphill ride.
Uphill with the Kwiggle:
Second climb on the same day: Slightly slower overall than on the road bike in the morning. The smallest Kwiggle gear is about the same in effect as the second smallest road bike gear. The route still goes with the 6-speed Kwiggle, but a slightly smaller gear would be even better from 11% gradient. Compared to the climb on the road bike in the morning, the Kwiggle climb was less strenuous, the pulse rate was 150-160/min.
My conclusion: Since you ride the Kwiggle in stand-sit mode and the saddle keeps lifting you in the upright position the saddle lifts you up onto the pedals, the conflict between standing and sitting no longer exists. This makes the Kwiggle up the mountains more relaxed than on a road bike.
My tip on the mountain: The further the saddle is placed forward, the easier it is. So with the Kwiggle on the mountain, always place the saddle much further forward, so that the pressure on the pedal pressure on the pedal can continue to come from above. If necessary, also set the saddle a little more inclined, then you ride a little more leaned.
Downhill with the Kwiggle:
That was by far the best of the whole day. Downhill at 50 - 60 km/h with the Kwiggle in slalom mode. I have never had such an enthusiastic downhill experience. It sounds crazy, but downhill the Kwiggle felt safer than on the road bike: the road surface was good to very good, with the industrial bearings, the wheels ran absolutely smoothly, and the comfortable trail meant that there was no fidgeting on the handlebars. Due to the short wheelbase, you can reach high cornering speeds with the Kwiggle. I even overtook cars. When I reached the bottom, I was really refreshed - also because of the great experience, of course - and had a delicious pizza in the restaurant in the evening. a delicious pizza in the restaurant.
My conclusion for the day: The Kwiggle has advantages on the ascent and is really fun on the descent. Not everyone with small wheels will dare to do this, especially if they are not yet so experienced with the Kwiggle. But a Kwiggle with big wheels and these physiological advantages could become a real fitness fun racer on the mountain.