Some ace deals about now for these frames, so will one be suitable for gentle (wheels on-ground but picking through rock gardens etc) Alpine riding with some 140-travel forks fitted. The main attraction for me is the light Hike-a-Bike weight but with more comfort than my LT HT…Posted 4 years ago
Yeah it will be fine, nay ideal, for that sort of stuff. I took my ASR5a to the alps a couple of summers ago (Meribel) and it was fine – never out of its depth in Meribel. If you go somewhere like PDS with Dh tracks and braking bumps, you might feel under-biked at times but that should be fairly obvious (and the same would apply to any ‘trail’ bike I’d imagine). Great bike.Posted 4 years agoKingofBiscuitsMember
It’s a great bike OP. I love mine. Like Superficial said, it’s more than capable in the Alps. Especially the natural singletrack but you sometimes have to work harder and be more considered. I also felt a little underbiked, out of depth and beat up on the DH runs. Then again for 50-51 weeks of the year it’s a perfect UK trail bike.Posted 4 years agodan45aMember
I had one and really enjoyed it. The geometry is well suited for technical terrain. On dh trails I found it depended on fork, wheels and axles to how it felt.
Get the 12 mm rear bolt through chip kit, make sure your fork has at least the 15mm axle and a good set of wheels it’ll be spot on.
Great bike…here’s a picture of the setup I had.Posted 4 years agoKingofBiscuitsMember
Currently considering moving to the Stumpy Evo 29 to replace my ASR5C but before I do I’d like to try a Float 34 or the latest Pike set to 140mm to beef up the front end as my Float 32s are probably the component that let’s the bike down. Certainly something to consider if you’re spec’ing your build.Posted 4 years agodan45aMember
Kingifbiscuits- totally agree about the fox 32. Well worthy try with a pike fork. It was the main reason I changed from my asr5. The fox 32 fork wasn’t up to gravity enduro racing and fox 34 was silly money and known to be poor (even if stiffer) and pikes weren’t out.Posted 4 years ago
Just had a looky at one in a shop and not too sure about the really low chainstay, just bothered about the rock clumpability factor on natural trails in the Alps (where i’m looking to spend more time this summer). My Dawg has the same feature and the aluminium shows the scars but it’s coped so far – but carbon…Posted 4 years ago
The bearings look very exposed (you can see the bearing’s rubber seal) but mine have been fine. I replaced the lower bearings after they developed play at 2 years (literally a 15 minute job with the correct tool), and I haven’t needed to replace the dog-link bearings yet.
I’m not sure whether any frame would fare any better than that. Certainly my last frame used bearings every 6 months, but I suspect that was down to flex/design problems (Commencal Meta 5).Posted 4 years ago
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