150/160mm full sus frame suggestions.
Mojo HD. In typical STW fashion im recommending the bike I have just bought but honestly:
Light as it gets
Strong and stiff
Mine has a 140 RP23 and a 160mm coil interchangeable
It’s as good a climber as the stumpy I had before and far better than the pitch before that
You know it makes sense.Posted 4 years agohugh_bMember
Banshee rune? I’ve had fives, a nukeproof mega and coverts (alloy and carbon). My banshee is pretty sweet, nice and slack but climbs well. Very good value for money with a CCDB air too. You can run it in both 650b and 26″ and adjust the geometry via the extra chips included.
So far i’m pretty pleased with mine!Posted 4 years agohugh_bMember
My banshee seems fairly light yes, i don’t have any scales though! Mine is built up with full xtr, hope hoops/flows, CCDB air, renthal bars, burgtec stem and bos devilles and it’s great on the ups and downs.
I’ve always been sold on single pivots so was a little dubious but found the linkage works to my liking with the db air. (you’ll be able to tune it how you like with that shock anyway as it’s soooo adjustable!).
As I say i’m pretty happy with mine. When i first had it, i had different bars fitted (burgtec) which didn’t suit me at all and it didn’t feel comfortable. I’ve used renthals since they were released so went back to a set of them and it transformed it into the bike i wanted it to be! Didn’t think 2 degrees difference in back sweep would make that much difference but it did!Posted 4 years ago
+1 for the new Orange Alpine. All the best bits of the older one, just lighter, more versatile and better geometry. Amazing bike, reviewed in a recent issue of Singletrack. Pretty sure it’s a lighter frame than the Banshee Rune, too. It’s certainly a bit more chuckable and better in tight stuff IMO.Posted 4 years agozero coolMember
The mrs and a few friends have Coverts and they seem to be a good all round bike. Climb well and descend well. It certainly wasn’t holding her back in the Alps this year as she blasted past all the French Big boys hogging Les Gets Red run 😉 (there’s nothing quite like being harassed/overtaken by an English girl on an AM bike to upset our macho French neighbours on DH bikes).
I would say that the Alpine is a better descender (probably the best in its class when pointed downhill) but the Covert certainly climbs better and is no slouch DH or in the air.
Tom kP.Posted 4 years agoendurokidMember
Just picked up a new 2013 frame and built it up, first ride was sweet! With a 160 Float up front and a 1×9 set up climbing was a little tough going, but I put this down to not riding properly for 7 weeks, I had the same set up on my Enduro and no issues.
Felt stiff as hell on the descents!
Good price too, I picked my frame up for £1260 from my LBS, online they still seem to be £1450.
I plumped for ally as on a bike like this i’d feel funny with carbon.Posted 4 years agomindmap3Member
Another vote for the Rune – I love mine.
Large, with 36 Van RC2’s, Reverb, XT brakes, Easton Havoc wheels, Hans Dampf tyres, CCDBa, Atlas cranks, X9 1×10 etc it weighs in at 33lbs on the nose. It genuinely doesn’t feel like a heavy bike to ride and climbs far better than it should but is definitely a bike that prefers the downs to the ups.
The CCDBa is pretty damn good although there is the opportunity to make it ride horribly by fiddling too much as I did. I’ve just reduced the air volume and gone back to the base settings and its much better (although I still prefer my rebound slightly slower than recomended).
The only thing that I have found is that it can be a bit of a handful on really tight corners due to it being pretty slack and long. I run mine in the neutral setting (65.5 degree head angle).
I also looked at the Covert and liked it, but the medium was too small and I didn’t like the look of the large. I know I’ll probably get flamed for saying that but this was the most that I have ever spent on a bike and I wanted something that rode well and I liked the look of. The Covert felt a bit more playful due to being a tad shorter and steeper but not quite as good on the steep or fast stuff.
To be honest, all of the bikes listed are really good. It comes down to how much you want to spend and what you like the look of I guess.Posted 4 years agoswankyMember
We’ve got several customers who have the Carbon Covert and they absolutely rave about them.
One of them had a custom built 5 as well as the Covert and he has been blown away at the responsiveness and grip of the bike during trips down several mountains in Wales and Scotland.
Apart from anything else, I’m sure they like to be able to tell their wives they’ve started a Covert love affair……safely! 😉Posted 4 years ago
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