Just took delivery of my new buggy last week, and is it cool. There are several improvements over the first buggy that I had. As I understand it, this one is being called the Competition buggy. I first saw Phillip and Dominic form PL with them at the AKA convention. The major differences of the this buggy and the one previous ones are numerous.
First of all, it is a much bigger buggy in the department of the seating area. Also the front tube and axle are of 1-1/4 inch stainless square and round tube respectively. This is up from 1' on the previous buggies. The axle length remains the same. The method of securing the seat cage to the extension tube is far simpler. There is only one bolt to secure instead of 4 nuts. Also, there are a 5 separate settings for the length on the tube instead of two. This probably allows for a longer wheelbase, but haven't measured that yet.
The seat seems to be a hybrid of the PL Flexifoil buggy seat, and the standard PL webbed seat. The pilot's rear is more encased in the web seat, rather than riding on top of the seat. The seat also has padding across the back support piece of webbing to slightly cushion the lower back. The seat tubes are not as curved as the previous buggy. There are two adjustable straps from the rear of the seat extending to the rear axle to help in the customizing the seat size to the pilot.
These two straps also execute another function as well. They hold the rear of the seat tubes into their mounts on the rear axle. You don't have to bolt the seat tubes to the rear axle, but only slide the rear seat tubes into the sleeves welded onto the axle. These sleeves are about 4 ' in length, and hold the rear seat tubes in place. It seems the weight of the pilot and the tension created by the adjustment straps hold the tubes securely in the sleeves. Much easier and faster time to assemble the buggy.
The front fork size and materials remain unchanged except for placement and attachment method of the footpegs. The footpegs are located about 2 inches higher than before. This is probably due to the different seating angle, and the intended use of the buggy for two wheeled tricks. The foot pegs also attach by the use of a spring loaded button. When the button is depressed, you insert the peg in to the sleeve, turn to align, and the button pops up into the hole and secures the peg. Smooth. Also, the pegs are interchangeable so you don't have to figure out which side is which.
This buggy has the standard plastic wheels. I guess that it is also available with the aluminum wheels. The fat tires are slightly larger than the standard model. They also have a tread pattern much like that of a road tire. The rubber seems to be a good deal more substantial than before.
The times I have had it out, the buggy feels really good. Ride seems to be stiffer(frame). Turning radius seems the same, but have not had it around other buggiers to really find this out. It seems that Peter Lynn is listening to buggy pilots of all sizes and speeds. Bigger frames for bigger people. A more agreeable tire for soft and hard surfaces. Ease of breakdown and assembly. Not that my previous buggy wasn't great, this one is just better!!
Have installed the mandatory speed/odometer, and also a fender made of 4 inch PVC tube. The fender is really appreciated on wet and muddy surfaces. Speaking of fenders, heard the other day that Wolffe designs, of slingback fame, will come out with front and rear(???)clear Lexan fenders. The rear fenders are supposed to have break away clips if you catch your lines in a turn(??).
Oh well. That's it!! Buggy on dudes.....................................dave arnold