160mm Bikes – Choices, Choices, Choices
I ride a bit of everything – Mostly singletrack where i live BUT Wales mostly for proper riding –
Have been to all these in past 12 months
Afan x 8
Cwmcarn x 5
Coed-y-brenin x 5
Coed Llandegla x 3
Cannock Chase x 3
Im not the fastest up (mainly coz im a dirty smoker) but will smash up pretty much any downs I hit pretty hard – Which is why I was thinking 160mm might be better for coming down! However the 160 fork option has me thinking! 😆Posted 6 years ago_tom_Member
I’ve only ridden Cannock out of that list but 140mm forked hardtail is more than enough for that. Llandegla looks similar from what I can tell. My DH bike is 180mm but tbh even that felt like too much for the kind of trails I liked in Whistler, 140 or 160 would be about right and probably faster on the hardpack jump trails (and I’m considering hardtailing it next year). Depends what trails you’re riding though I guess. I think I only bottomed out both ends once on a horribly landed/overshot ladder drop. For the techier stuff maybe you’d use more of the travel.Posted 6 years agodjflexureSubscriber
I got a 160 bike during the summer to replace an Evil Sov. Lyriks on upfront. Use it for all sorts, local trails incl canals, Wyre, Cannock, Peaks plus taken France 3 weeks in summer and just got back from a week in the Dales.Posted 6 years ago
I really like riding it and its not particularly heavy. Feels solid like the Sov did but more forgiving and confidence inspiring. Does not take any of the fun out of riding, quite the reverse for me. So if you want a 160 its not going to ruin your riding IMO.tamedearthMember
i’ve ridden afan’s trails on a number of bikes from 120-160 and i can honestly say i have had the most fun and the least fatigue on the 160mm.
i am a “plugger” up hill, so i dont care if it takes me a while, i just need it to spin efficiently and be manoeuvrable.
you’ll probably notice, i am biased, but i do love the Transition Covert! 🙂Posted 6 years agochakapingSubscriber
I’ve gone from a Foxy to a Dune (custom spec) a couple of months ago and I’m loving it.
Light (a few oz over 30lbs with reverb and SLX transmission), pedals well, great suspension system, AMAZING geometry.
Was riding it down Helvellyn last weekend. My first time and it was unstoppable on the rather technical, Alps-like descent from Grisedale Tarn.
I got a deal on the 2011 Dune R, which is QR rear. The one thing I would like is a maxle/x12 rear axle – which the higher models (and perhaps the 2012 ones) have.
Anyway, highly recommended – drop me a line if you want more info.Posted 6 years agoRHSno2Member
He’s asking ‘what 160mm bike?’ not ‘try and tell me I have overkill bike needs’…jeez.
I got a Spesh 2011 s-works enduro. Its fricking amazing. The lightweight of the carbon really makes it very versitile. Even in Alu its light (for its class). Its THE tool for what you want in my opinion.Posted 6 years ago
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