- Advice needed on do-it-all hardtail
I have an Evil Sovereign as my only bike and don’t think I’d swap it for any hardtail. 140mm forks, big brakes and 1×10 for maximum radness.
Best handling bike I’ve ever ridden and as versatile as it’s possible for a bike to be.
Sliding vertical dropouts means mega short wheelbase, too and as we all know, length of wheelbase is inversely proportional to fun factor…
I think they look great, too.Posted 5 years agoStevelolMember
Evil Sovereign, I’ve ran mine with a 160 fork which slayed for dh, now have a 140 rev which feels perfect, others run with anything down to 100, combined with sliding drop outs, you have huge versatility. I ride mine at Wharncliffe, muck around on jumps and pump track, plus do long (for me) 25 mile xc rides around Hebden Bridge. 1×9, fat tyres (Hans dampfs), dropper post, it’s immense fun.
Posted 5 years ago
Evil Sovereign. Unbeliveably fast, massively capable, surprisingly comfortable and WILL make you a better, radder rider. I guarantee there’s no 29er that’ll come anywhere near to it for tech fun and speed.
Build it with beefy forks, 1×10 and big bars and a short stem. Get those chainstays slammed and rag the death out of it. YEAH!
I move the forks between 110 for dickin’ about and playing and 140mm for big mountain epics. I’ve had mine 5 years next month and had several, much more expensive, bikes since and it’s still my favourite. I’ll never get rid of it.
Posted 5 years agotoys19Member
I want to piss on everyone chips and recommend a Saracen Zen, I just bought one for 570 delivered from singletrackbikes.co.uk. It was supposed to be a donor bike for a bfe/456evo/transition transam (they is like all steel frames innit), but right now it is holding it’s own on the doing everything front..
Posted 5 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
Seeing as I’m racing Gravity Enduros and considering entering some local DH races too, a BFe would be the more conventional choice but it feels great! I’ll never be a great dirt jumper but I do like being in the air. One XC race also entered this summer and this bike has to do it all.Posted 5 years ago
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