So, my project of a Trek Emonda (size 54, H2 geometry) was completed a week or so ago, and I’ve since had a chance to ride it a few times.
On paper, the geometry (at least in terms of stack, reach and wheelbase) is pretty much identical to bikes I have ridden or owned and I know work for me, but the Trek felt a bit ‘off’, in some respects.
Most noticeable was a feeling that I couldn’t get ‘on top’ of the pedals on a couple of steep climbs; it kind of felt like they were out in front of me. Getting forward onto the nose of the saddle and the tops (rather than the hoods) helped, but the sense was still there, and it felt like the bike was effectively forcing me out of the saddle when the gradient hit 9-10%.
Can anyone shed any light on this?