Alternatives to the Bird Aeris frame
Looking to replace my Bandit. Bike will be an all rounder but in typical moon on a stick style I’d like something a reasonable weight that can handle drops etc (up to 6ft max)
The Spitfire is in the mix. A Nukeproof AM might be.
Loose budget of £1k for a frame (new or sh) with a decent shock. If your a Bird owner info on your shock choice would be handy- Monarch plus is the fav. so far..Posted 1 year agoalextemperMember
A friend of mine currently rides the V4 and really likes it. His final choice was between the V4 and Bird Aeris and he went for the V4 due to being a light lighter and having internal cable routing. Good bike to ride but I think they come up a little short, certainly shorter than the geometry would suggest. The front end also feels like it’s quite low but still manages to wonder a little on steeper climbs so need to keep that in check.
I have an Aeris and having ridden that and the V4 back to back I feel better on the Aeris, less cramped and more in the bike than on top of it, but this is subjective and depends on how you like your bikes to feel.
I’m using the Minarch Plus on mine with 6 bands and rebound 5 clicks out from slowest. The Aeris seems to like a slower rebound setting for me at least.Posted 1 year ago
Bird owner – I went with the Monarch RT (after discussing with Ben). Threshold on for 75% of the time, feels fine and no noticeable pedal bob. Open is very nice for the rough downwards bits. I previously had a Monarch Plus on a Trance SX and haven’t missed it one bit. The effort the Bird guys put into the frame design certainly shows through here. The RT is a bit different from the RT3, not just no lockout feature.Posted 1 year ago
Can you expand on how the RT differs from the RT3? I am also unsure about the monarch+, do they do both a standard volume and high volume option (high isn’t good for a progressive ramp up?)
Nothing wrong with the Bird, if I could get a Sh one I would- New is definetly under serious considerationPosted 1 year ago
The Pyga looks interesting, in-between sizes so will have a chat with you..
The Commencal I’d rather a large for reach but the seatube appears to be long/its not great standover compared to the current (medium) Bandit which is a shame
What tune are the Monarch shocks (RT3 and +) that come fitted on the Bird? Any indication of frame weight?
How capable is the 2015 Nukeproof AM275 with the Monarch? I’m guessing a large (18.5) would be the one..Posted 1 year ago
Some internal differences with the RT in terms of the way the threshold works, not major but the service guide does differ too. Cant quite remember what Ben said about it but the RT isnt just missing the lockout from the 3, the frame doesnt need a lockout and benefits from the additional grip when climbing over rough stuff (sorta like the climb switch on a DB Inline ie not fully locked out). They are roughly M/M tune but apparently Bird have a specific tune especially for the Aeris.Posted 1 year agomomoSubscriber
Banshee Spitfire, had mine for 9 months now, took it out at the weekend having only ridden my hardtail since January. Took me a while to get the shock where I wanted it, but it’s an awesome bike, far more capable than I am!
[url=https://flic.kr/p/FncGT3]Banshee Spitfire[/url] by Matt Cotterill, on FlickrPosted 1 year ago
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