- Any Soul And Solaris Owners?
I own a Soul, and have ridden a Solaris for, ooh, about five minutes, so I’m almost qualified to answer this, hooray!
I was impressed with how the Solaris didn’t dump me on the floor when I made a stupid line choice, it just carried on over stuff in a way that I wouldn’t have expected the Soul to handle so well. It did feel slightly less manoeuvrable than the Soul, but that’s got to be partly down to the fact that it was a large and I normally ride a medium Soul. It didn’t feel completely weird compared to the Soul, there’s definitely a strong similarity in how the two ride. If I was after a 29er I’d have a Solaris very high up my list of possibles.
My Soul is just flipping ace, but people must get bored of hearing that…Posted 5 years agometalheartSubscriber
Well, the Solaris is definitely greener…
I find it climbs better (possibly exagerated by the 10mm extra on the t/t which makes it pretty spot on for me size wise). I find it more confident on techy-ish descents. It’s definitely more forgiving. The 29er roll thing I guess.
I find the soul better on the flat though (quicker to accelerate and more manoeuvrable). Not that the Solaris is slow steering wise, just Soul is quicker.
What I would say is that I had the option of keeping a Soda or getting a Solaris. I rode them both side by side over a 4+ hour natural trail and I definitely preferred the Solaris. I have no regrets on that score.Posted 5 years agoFrankersMember
I rode a Soul for around 3years but have sold it after getting a Solaris 4 months ago
They feel very similar to each other and I don’t think you can tell the difference in top tube lengths, I find myself quicker on twisty singletrack, up-hill and have more confidence on the downs.
Was going to keep them both but really couldn’t see me riding the Soul again.Posted 5 years agobolMember
I’d agree with the above. I’ve had a couple of Sodas and have no regrets about the swap. I’d describe the Solaris as the most Soul-like 29er, which is what I wanted. No it isn’t quite as chuckable until you start to ride with your body a bit more. It’s much more confidence inspiring for a tall and somewhat talentless rider like me though.Posted 5 years agoletmetalktomarkSubscriber
Just my 2cents ….
I’m 6’3” and a fairly regular size 😛
I have recently just gone from a L Soul to and XL Solaris.
With both bikes designed to run shortish stems I found the Soul to be a little cramped. I have always liked a long TT and the XL Solaris certainly has that!
I have my Solaris set up with an inline post, 70mm stem and 762 V1 flat bars. The same set up albeit with a layback post on my Soul felt nimble and chuckable but even with a Thomson post I was getting close to needing a larger frame.
Only have a short pootle on the Solaris but immediately its a better fit and feels more comfortable.
Have sold my Soul ( 😆 ) now so guess that makes me a Solaris man 😉
The buying of a Solaris though is all bol’s fault 😆Posted 5 years agowiseprankerMember
Hmmm, I’ve had my Solaris for a couple of months now and it’s been a fantastic bike. It rides well and is incredibly comfortable. Since building up the Solaris, I’ve not moved my BFe so I was debating whether to get rid on the BFe frame and build the parts onto a Soul but form what I’m reading here, there’s not much point!Posted 5 years ago
As much as I like the BFe, I think it’s days may be numbered 😯bolMember
The buying of a Solaris though is all bol’s fault
Ha. You’re the second person who’s said that. Maybe I need to see if Cy will give me a discount on a 29er Rocket by way of commission. 😆
I’m 6’4″ riding an xl. I had a large Soda, which didn’t feel particularly cramped, but looked a bit odd with a mile of seatpost, as I’m all legs. I’m thinking of going for a shorter stem as I’m getting a bit old for the stretch on longer rides – as I discovered on d2d last weekend.Posted 5 years ago
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