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  • coffeeking
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    Well thanks for all the contributions people – I got me an 18″ 456 and built it up – took it for a first spin at llandegla the other day – about the most fun I’ve ever had there. So much faster and responsive than the NRS. Did get a sore bum near the end but that just made me stand up and thrash more.

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Cool. Any photos?

    It’s exactly the same way with my recent hardtail build, feels so direct and it really does demand a good out the saddle thrashing. Can’t wait to get mine to llandegla.

    Premier Icon chugg08
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    Couldn’t agree more. My full Prophet now has a kids Tow Along bike permanently attached. My 456 gets used for everything and so far I’ve not found anything it couldn’t handle as well or better than the Prophet.

    I like hardtails too, but since buying the Pitch the 456 has sat i the garrage unused and unloved, the pitch is just faster and lets you get away with wayyyyy more in the rough bits!

    manitou
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    Hoping to get a HT soon.. havent ridden one for ages, will be interesting

    coffeeking
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    I’ll get some pics up but it’s a slightly colour unco-ordinated mess at the moment (blue frame, green forks, acid yellow rims, red grips….), but I don’t buy a bike to look at primarily and I intend to strip and re-spray soon (trying to decide colours at the mo).

    Well pleased, and less maintenance in time for winter. Grand.

    Premier Icon johnny
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    This reminds me of a few years ago when i had an old Marin Wolf ridge. At the time i bought it thinking it would be the “ultimate trail bike” (about 130mm suspension) I rode it for about two months and it bored the pants off me.

    Ended up moving all the bits onto an ebay-ed DMR switchback frame, sold the full suss frame at a profit. I still remember taking it around Dalby forest not long after it opened, and revelling in just how good it was to ride…

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Funnily enough I went out on my NRS last night (currenty SS so fairly light) and had a whale of a time aroudn the woods at Stanmer Park.

    I love my hardtails (all 3 of them) but there’s something about a short travel FS bike that brings out a smile when I do ride it.

    TimP
    Member

    Did get a sore bum near the end

    Cool. Any photos?

    Not till after the watershed please…

    timnwild
    Member

    I’m determined to ride my hardtail on every trail/terrain I come across – although ambition exceeds experience at this point.

    At Afan a while back, I swapped my Soul for a ride on a lovely Yeti for a quick blast, and while I enjoyed it, I wanted the Soul back after a couple of minutes. If Akrigg and co. can drop 15 feet with nothing but bendy limbs and front forks, then I reckon a hardtail ought to be able to handle all but the most mental terrain.

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