Beefy FS – cross country / trail use
I’m thinking about going back to FS – after two tries at it (Trek Y11 way back when) and an Orange Patriot. I didn’t love the experience so went back to HT.
However I’m big – 6ft 3 inches and the wrong side if 130 kgs. I am working on latter – and cycling a bit more to burn some lard. But I am also old – and as much as I love hard tails, I’m not sure HTs love me …
So I want a chunky FS bike – I don’t want coil springs as they only work for normal sizes
And I’m old skool – so have no problems with a 26er
Currently have a Bfe and a Solaris … which I obviously need to ride more 😀
I liked the idea of the Codeine – but not the 1×10 only ….
What say you lot?Posted 3 years agoPaulGillespieMember
A 2013 commencal meta AM 29er? 40-50% off if bought fromPosted 3 years ago
In true singletrack stylee, buy the bike ive got:
really very light for what it is, and the maestro means it pedals like a hardtail, while descending like a bit of a monster.
also, giants are often found at ridiculous prices. There was a whole reign2 (brand new, from a proper shop and everything) going for £1100 a short while back. Might still be around but i doubt it at that price
(mine replaced a Patriot66 “big bike” and a trance “xc bike” as a “one bike to rule them all)Posted 3 years agoOllyMember
you would have to look at the Sizing chart as its all relativce.
im 6’4″, and ordered my frame on the understanding it was a 20″ from america. (trance was a 21″, patriot an 18″) It ended up a 19″ (if i had known i would have just bought a cotic rocket), but i still run a 70mm stem. (then again, im all legs)Posted 3 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
Some of the older Banshees had bushings which were a maintenance and reliability nightmare – lots of knackered frames!
The KS-link Banshees are all definitely on proper sealed bearings – that’s the Prime, Spitfire v2, Rune v2 and Phantom. The older Spitfire and Rune were shorter travel than the new ones.
The Prime is a 29er alternative to the Rune – 130mm rear vs 160mm rear travel.
The Phantom is a 29er alternative to the Spitfire – 105mm rear vs 140mm rear travel.
They’ve all got adjustable geometry so you can move the angles +/-0.5 deg and the BB height +/-6mm and are compatible with various rear axle standards. The Rune & Spitfire can also run 27.5 wheels which makes them even faster downhill in the rough and a little quicker uphill too (at the expense of some manoeuvrability – you never get something for nothing with bikes!)
Spitfire v1 (bushings – note the rocker actuating the shock):
Spitfire v2 (bearings – shock driven directly by rear triangle:
Posted 3 years agoswanny853Member
Having had a meta am 29 for a couple of weeks I can say so far that I am enjoying it. With the exception of the cable routing, which is a massive pain.
The 26 is good too, although comparing with a friend who has it suggests that getting the ctd boost valve shock is a worthwhile upgrade. He doesn’t have it, I do, he wants it.
If it helps, they’re quite short of top tube. I have a medium Solaris which feels quite long and the large meta is comparable, even a touch shorter.Posted 3 years agowobbliscottMember
Why do you need a ‘beefy’ bike for XC/trail use? Surely something lighter and more XC orientated would be just the ticket?
Not sure how they’ve sized the covert wrong. I’ve got a medium, as usual, and it’s fine. I’ve read people complain about its TT length, It’s a short bike, but intended to be so, so upsizing just means you’re doing away with the ‘Covertness’ Transition intended. But I’d say out of the Transition stable the Bandit is more suited to the OPs needs.Posted 3 years agob rMember
6ft 3 inches and the wrong side if 130 kgs
Just because you are heavy doesn’t mean you need a heavy bike, but you will need a strong one.
And using the usual approach (Strong, Light, Cheap – pick two), whatever you buy I’d probably be adding an aftermarket set of wheels that are up to the job – ie more spokes, DH aimed rims etc.
And for sizing, focus on arm/leg length rather than height.Posted 3 years agorickonSubscriber
I decided, on balance, that I should have raved more about the Remedy 29.
Although we disagree on this one, as i really didnt like the Remedy 29, i think its actually a really good shout for the OP.
It feels more XC oriented, but is still a very well built and strong frame. The only problem for the OP would be the price.Posted 3 years ago
Go 29er if you are tall and, um, large…
Did you patriot have a decent shock? Oranges need lots of compression damping to make them work. I really liked my patriot but not with the crap shock that I ran for years
Yeah, I know. The proportion thing makes a lot of sense …Posted 3 years ago
But they do feel like you are riding a bulldozer …
wobbliscott – Member
Not sure how they’ve sized the covert wrong. I’ve got a medium, as usual, and it’s fine. I’ve read people complain about its TT length, It’s a short bike, but intended to be so, so upsizing just means you’re doing away with the ‘Covertness’ Transition intended.
The 29er’s sized smaller than the 26er, though- I ended up having a nice chat with Lars about it when I was thinking of getting one and he said most people need to go up one size on the 29.Posted 3 years ago
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