After riding my 2008 Rockhopper for a while, I noticed that it had limitations (apart from the rider ).
My riding buddy and I live in the NE and regularly try to ride in the lakes, on natural trails. He seems fine on his Enduro, the decents can be interestingly twitchy and rough on the 'hopper.
I have put tougher parts on it, but it has always been a little big for me(40mm stem and saddle fully forward on seatpost needed), and I was gently advised by other riders that I was trying to change it too much when I mentioned bigger forks/angle offset headcups etc.
Here are the specs:
http://www.specialized.com/gb/gb/bikes/ ... pper#specs
I have added/changed:
40mm stem - to try and sort out reach issues
Haven Alu bars
Hope evo/flow wheels
Hope mono minis
Superstar Nano flat pedals
Kenda nevegal stickE front 2.35/ Maxxis Ardent Exo Rear 2.25
I have been saving for a while and have just picked up a nice and shiny 2nd hand set of 2012 Fox 36 RLC FIT TALAS.
I know I have probably done it backwards, but now I need a frame to fit the forks . . .
I have my eye on both a Cotic BFe and a carbon 456.
http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/FROOCAR456- ... ls___18_in
I am on the pre-order list for a medium BFe, but am having last minute nerves. The weight saving of the 456 is attractive, though I am definitely not a weight weenie.
So any experience of the above frames would be greatly appreciated. I have done some research and chain suck does get mentioned alot in relation to the 456c.
Short version of this post is:
I have 36 talas forks.
Which frame - BFe or 456c?
Reasons for/against appreciated.
Intended use is going down (and up) steep mountains but not formal downhill.