- A Month in on the Hightower + One Race
A month in after building the Hightower & enjoying it in all weather I’m a 29er convert completely blown away with the bike, it sadly means the Bronson has been gathering dust in the garage.
The bike is poppy fun and agile which I was sceptical about but mow completely blown away with it, I’ve had to change my riding style slightly & adjust to the increase in grip and also how quickly it gathers speed. I’ve done lakes rocky rides, steep techy descents & played on of piste runs in Dalby and did the Boltby bash Enduro on it last weekend. Despite one rather high speed of at the end of stage 4 and a mid stage stop to remove debris from the rear wheel it resulted in 4th in class so I’m rather pleased.
Lastly I built mine up 150 front end & glad I did, the Pikes have proved to be perfect.Posted 3 years ago
Running 29er Stuker & very pleased with it, the suspension is impressive though that could be how 29ers ride compared to other wheel sizes.
Went straight for pike 150’s and glad I did oh and worth noting, I was considering a 170 drop reverb (costly) but due to the frame shape / design I think a 150 is perfect, it’s a large frame & I’m 6ft and feels perfect.
CheersPosted 3 years ago
Also very please with mine.Posted 3 years ago
Coming off a Tallboy LTC.
Prefer it with B+ wheels in rather than 29ers though I have both so keep swaping them around.
Just fitted one of these too.
Looking forwards to the weekend to get it setup.
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thats interesting SSStu…..how different does the bike feel with B+ vs the 29ers?Posted 3 years ago
I have not ridden many B+ bikes but have demoed a couple of stumpies in B+ format and i found both of them a bit ponderous at the front. I would probably stick to 29er on the Hightower but would be interested to give the B+ a go as well.
singlespeed shep yep that was me blathered in mudd but had a ball though I did think I’d trashed the rear wheel such was the clattering from the branch it took in.
The bike was perfect never missed a beat apart from the old bloke riding it ! a smashing event.
Keen to know your thoughts singlespeed Stu on how you get on with the + wheel & tyre set up as I’m contemplating it my self.
Just need it to stop raining, not stopped for 2 days here then back out on it.Posted 3 years ago
I did a back to back demo on one at Aston Hill with 29er and 27.5+ wheels on the downhill tracks. The 29er felt very similar to my Bronson, just a little more stable and faster. The plus wheels felt like I was cheating! They smoothed off so much of the chattery stuff and braking bumps. Only time they were crap was on slippery gloop but I suspect that was due to tyres (Maxxis Ikons had very small treads).
I’ve got a 29er on order (waiting for 1 x 12 Eagle XX1 in July) but was chatting to Sixth Element about a second set of plus wheels. 150mm forks and both wheel options really should make it the perfect one (and a bit) bike does it all.
Fancy mine with 36s and a FloatX2 but will try it with the standard RS stuff first and see how I get on..Posted 3 years ago
The main difference that I feel between the + and 29er wheels is similar to hughjay up there^^.Posted 3 years ago
They just seem to smooth stuff out.
Had a week up at Inners and rode it with the + wheels in until our last day then I put the 29er wheels in so that the bike would fit on the uplift trailer.
It just didn’t feel as confidence inspiring. I’m trying to stick with the 29er wheels for a bit to see if I just need to adapt back.
I also notice the same kind of feeling when I switch from + wheels to 29er wheels in my hardtail.
For the price of another set of wheels it’d be daft not to have the choice.
Only takes a few minutes to change between the two.
6ft with 34 leg & a large fits me fine, really feel sat in the bike nothing like my initial thoughts.
Wheel swapping is very straight forward no issues, the bike just gets better & doing a 50K loop last Sunday in the peaks taking in Cutgate showed how good the bike is on Strava compared to my Bronson.Posted 3 years ago
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