An imperfect All Rounder?
My lad is in need of a new bike if for no other reason than so I can actually ride my own bikes! Life is complicated by what he thinks he wants to do with it, ride around on the street doing tricks with his mate, local pump track, park, dirt etc. and be capable of actually being ridden up and down hill at a trail centre. So tall order for a single bit of kit.
I’ve done a bit of research and seems to me something like a 4X style bike might fit the bill without anything being hopelessly compromised. That line of thinking took me to a custom build using something like an Identiti Krisis frame, we already have most of the other expensive bits. Then I was doing some poking around on the web for other reasons and up popped a Cotic BFe, so I thought get a small frame and that might do the job.
Wondering what the panels views are on the above frames or are there some other options I’ve overlooked.
CheersPosted 6 years agoRorschachMember
Bfe’s pretty slack to start off with so won’t turn into a shopping trolley with 100mm and will actually be better for street/dirt jumping.It just might make the bb a little low for riding trails,I’m sure theres people running 100mm who can give a definative opinion.Posted 6 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
I have an as-new Intense Tazer hardtail jump frame for sale, might suit
honourablegeorge at gmail dot comPosted 6 years ago
just stand up and pedal all the way up to the top of afan..!. of course you could just get a longer seatpost I’d go that route as it doesn’t work as well the other way.
He didn’t believe me on that one so I took his 13″ Rockhopper to Cannock, dropped the seat and pointed him uphill. Long seat post is now on the shopping list.Posted 6 years agoangryratioMember
My brother uses a 15″ NS Suburban.
The dropouts are a bit fiddly because of the small bolts they use but it rides nicely.
He’s a 6ftish streak of wizz and he loves it.
(i should add it’s 1×9 (with a chain device since picture) and also rides beautifully setup for street and park with singlespeed.Posted 6 years agobeagleMember
Sounds like your going along the right lines. I picked up a second hand Chromag stylus the other year and finally got it built up in january. It’s been amazing for everything. Forks down to 110 and the seat right down it’s been great for belting around the street and jumping. Pikes at 140mm for peak district rides. The full suss hasn’t had a sniff all year!!! Just noticed there’s a nearly new stylus on eBay this morning. I’m tempted and I already have one. It appears bombproof. Seen them being ridden in whistler bike park too with lyriks. Pretty versatile !Posted 6 years ago_tom_Member
DMR Trailstar would be ideal, what you describe is basically what I used mine for. Perfect with a set of u-turn Pikes. Seat up, forks down and it climbs well enough, seat down and forks out and it’s so much fun. May as well post up a pic of it in DJ mode since we all love posting photos of our bikes 😛
If he’s riding a lot of park, DJ and street I think the Surge, BFe etc would be a bit too slack for that. Having said that the Surge is a really nice frame and I’ve only tried one with 160mm forks, so maybe actually with them wound in a bit it would be ok?Posted 6 years agonwill1MemberstevedeMember
Another vote for a Charge Blender, sounds perfect for the intended use, i had one 1×10 with u turn pikes and a long Thomson post and used it for everything last winter from bmx to xc to full on downhill on the dirt 1:04 track (super tavi at gawton). No bike like this is going to excel at xc due to seat angle, shortish wheelbase and low standover but it will get the job done.Posted 6 years ago
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