Ok,i've just spent a bomb building up my On One 456 -2011 in Salt 'n' Vinegar colours [ not everyones first choice ] but it was mint and barely used. Let me say for starters i am a steel fan. I also have a Genesis Altitude 2.0 with 853 steel tubes, but i wanted to build something more aggressive hence the 456.
Build:- 18" frame,Fox Talas 140's 15qr, new Hope pro 2's lazer blue on Mavic 319, all XT, SLX crank set, XT brakes with ice tech rotors 180/160, Answer Pro taper 720mm carbon bars, Raceface Turbine 70mm stem, lots of Hope bits, xtr pedals- this build 27.8lbs.
First ride:- night ride, 3hr, Wales, agressive, gnarly descents, - put to the test to say the least. Here's my opinion on the frame:-
1]-long top tube,wider wheel base, good stability, confidence on descents, great geometry.
2] 140 forks -superb on this bike, wind down to 120mm on steep climbs
3]high bottom bracket, good clearance for rocks, plus bash guard.
4]excellent with 70mm stem and 720m wide bars [ 1" rise ]-great control
5]steel- stiff, trail buzz absorbent, no flex.
NEGATIVES;- riding over small rocks, terrible. The Genesis with 853 tubes much more springy,. If only On One could build this with Reynolds 853 steel tubes, thinner stays [ why so dam thick- its steel !!, ok don't loose the wish bone, its a trademark but it doesn't have to be so "fat" on the wish bone, its over the top.....If only then, without having to go to titanium to get more sproinggg. If only this was designed a bit better, i would buy it full premium for this geometry. By the way my 2nd hand frame cost £90, the rest of the bike, in total £1,500. I not an Evo fan,too slack, but what do you think could be done to improve on this iconic 456 design.