Anyone ever hated their new bike/frame after purchase?
Finally getting the feel for and enjoying riding my new soul, and for a while I really did think I’d made a huge mistake!
So I was thinking, you know how when someone asks the classic ‘what bike…?’ question, most people seem to reply with what they’re riding. I wondered if anyone has made a big purchase and really real disliked it? I mean, you’ve spent £100’s or £1000’s on so you’re almost determined to like it, no matter what, but has anyone just thought “this was a huge waste of money and a massive mistake?Posted 4 years agoneninjaMember
Mongoose teocali super – hated it from the moment I rode it. An impulse online purchase as it was massively reduced and the price was less than I could get breaking it for parts.
Hated the suspension action, the weird moving bottom bracket, the geometry was wrong. Instead bought a Nicolai helius frame and transferred the parts over. Still got the helius cc and love it.Posted 4 years agojohnnersMember
Yep, bought a Cotic Roadrat, all rat and cock-all road. Got it ’cause I’d loved my Soul right from the off, and was loving my Soda because it hadn’t yet cracked in a quite inexplicable way. Built it up, rode it a few times but couldn’t wait to get rid because it just felt so wrong. Went back to a bike that was actually good on the road. Luckily the STW new product BS (aware of the irony!) Was still in full flow so I didn’t take a bath on the resale.Posted 4 years agoAndySubscriber
scotroutes – Member
I have an El Mariachi that does everything I ask it to, but I feel no connection to it.
I have a singlepeed rigid mariachi that Ive been bimbling around the autumn woods on and I love it.
On the other hand I hated my Titus FTMc from the first, as much as I loved its predecessor Motolite 🙂Posted 4 years agojamesfullerMember
I had a Scott Scale a few years back, I sat on it in the shop and it felt just like my Orange P7 which I really like. I new after the first technical ride I made a mistake. I tried adjusting the forks and changing the seat, bars and stem but I could never get happy with it. The head tube cracked when just out of warranty, I had all parts swapped onto a Kinesis xcthree and I started riding like I used to.
My riding had actually deteriorated as I didn’t get the feel of the bike and I found myself getting off for some techy bits. I would never have done that before!!Posted 4 years agoconvertSubscriber
Turner 5spot dw (2009). Just couldn’t get to grips with it – not slack enough head tube to be a proper silly bike downhill but too short in the top tube, too heavy and too much travel to feel very xc like. Felt like a bimbling bike for a middle aged tubby bloke and I just wasn’t ready to admit I was on my way to that.Posted 4 years agoTom_W1987Member
I hated it, I really really hated it. It wasn’t a downhill bike but it was equipped with a coil shock and weighed 36lbs. So it weighed as much as a downhill bike but didn’t perform like one. To top that the DHX5 was a pile of crap (I actually prefer my Pushed Monarch), it had no rear end feel. It pedalled like a mammoth stuck in quick sand. Etc etc etc ad nauseum.
Did I say I hated it?Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
My SX Trail too, it was pish. Pedalled like a downhill bike, descended like a trailbike, worst of both worlds. Maybe it was good in 2006, I dunno.
I never got on with my Scandal,mostly because I believed it when they said it’d work well with a 130mm fork. I tolerated it for a while, then one day I rode a Soul and that was game over. Shame as I’ve ridden a proper xc-built one since and it was mint, but mine just rode like any other 100mm bike with a long fork stuck in it would.Posted 4 years agomboySubscriber
Wouldn’t say I hated it, but the one I expected most from and felt delivered the least (so sold it fairly quickly) was a Cotic BFe. Nothing to do with the geometry either I might add (though at 5ft 10 I really should have got a Medium, not a small) which was pretty spot on with a 120mm fork (though BB could have been perhaps a tad lower still). It was all to do with the fact that the frame was the most rigid, lifeless, hunk of steel I’ve ever slung my leg over!
Perhaps not helped by the fact I fitted it with Saint Cranks, Thomson Post, Wide/Stiff wheels, a 50mm stem etc. I’d have been far better off with a Soul with a much lighter build I think…Posted 4 years agosomafunkSubscriber
Like someone else on here i made the mistake of buying an early Marin Mount Vision, t’was a 1997 Mount Vision Pro, fully blinged up with top end kit but i managed 65 miles on it before i realised it was a bag of bouncy marketing shite and sold it to a mate, i went back to my 1994 Indian Fire Trail wi rigid forks running 1×8 with a home made chain device (lathe turned delrin rollers) and that lasted me till 2004.
Not been on a FS since despite selling/servicing them in the shop (zesty’s/mojo’s etc) and i have absolutely zero desire to ride one, in fact i plan to build up a steel rigid 1×10 when i get my broken/soon to be repaired Soulcraft back from Ben at Kinetics.
For my type of riding i just prefer something simple, perhaps i’m a bimbler at heart.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
thegnarlycenturion – Member
Did anyone buy one and hated it to begin, before loving it?
It took me ages to get properly into my Hemlock… Changes of forks, changes of parts, it always felt like it should be better than it was. Finally got it all sorted and love it (literally) to bits now but it was a bit shaky.Posted 4 years ago
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