Best 120mm ish XC/Trail bike
Been trying a lot of the same. Freeborn is my lbs so pretty obvious choice. Dexter was really good tight, light very active and seems a lot more travel than 110. Problem is given the price you don’t get a lot of kit, forks are ok, but only 9 speed transmission and pretty basic finishing kit. You do get eggbeaters though but still expensive for the overall package. Dixon was surprisingly similar and seems better value, not a lot of difference in the weight or feel but a lot more travel for an extra £200 and I preferred the build of the Dixon xp to the Dexter.Posted 6 years ago
Trek fuel ex rides pretty similarly (same style with the abp rear end) the DRCV shock seemed to work really well. It was the 2011 ex8 I tried, good package with the fox forks, xt and slx. The green version is an acquired taste but the black looks really good. £1900 from Evans just now but only collect from store with Trek, once you add pedals same price as dexter but dexter frame much better quality.
But I tested a Whyte T120 yesterday from Quest down in Worthing, 2012 model so lighter and proper seat tube size so you can get more than one type of dropper post for it. Absolutely loved it, really active, maybe a bit more bob out of the saddle, great cockpit, more relaxed head angle than the others but felt perfect, great overall package except for the grips which were far to small for my hands. 2×10 x9 and x7 kit, maxle front and rear, tubeless wheel set (although its fitted with tubes but comes with valves and sealant when you buy it) even fits on my bones 3 rack. So I’m picking my new one up in 2 weeks along with xt trail spds and ergon gel grips ( they’re even White with green to match the rest of the bike ). Can’t wait!4ndy BMember
£2207 gets you the Pro spec 2011 bike from jccookcycles.co.uk
Great value for the money, 120mm front & rear travel, bang on the weight you’re after (a few upgrades and mine weighs a gnat’s under 11.5kg), handles very well with minimal pedal bob
I prefer the Sting to the 2 Orange 5’s I’ve owned (130mm ’06 and 140mm ’07 versions) & they were damn good bikes, but the sting is simply better in all areas (value, quality, handling, weight…)Posted 6 years agoKryton57Subscriber
I’ve pretty much got the same list as you, with a on-sale Ghost 7500 and Specialized Epic Evo, both at great prices on Evans, on the list as well.
I’m testing a T120 on Saturday – the pre ride pluses for me are the burly rear end, weight and lifetime bearing warranty and this years Reba is the 2011 Sid – note that that weight would come down with later upgrades if desired too. The color/graphic I though were nice until I put the pic next to anthem X1 which looks stunning IMO.
Out of interest, how was the T120 for you?Posted 6 years ago
I’ve got a 2011 Anthem X2 and its amazing.
I wouldn’t be worried about the travel. I used to ride a 130 mm travel bike and the Anthem is better on 98% of stuff, it really does feel like more than 100mm.
The only time I remotely notice it is less is at very high speed downhill where the ride gets harsher than my old bike, that’s not to say it can’t cope though.
2011 Anthems are better specced than 2012 and Pedalon have some great deals.
Any other questions let me know…Posted 6 years ago
Kane I really couldn’t say, I know the bike geometry/bike is very well balanced with 100mm fork, the handling is super agile and balanced without throwing you over the front (but I like old school geometry ie racey) not sure if 120 would take away some of that agility or not.
Why would you want to add a 120 fork?Posted 6 years ago
Jedi – is that because people are struggling to cope with the faster steering / more aggressive riding style of these bikes, or are people realising that long travel/slack angle doesn’t necessarily make for an interesting ride, so more people are buying ‘traditional’ geometry again?Posted 6 years ago
ransos that’s what I saw the last time I was in wales so was thinking of doing the same as they were super fast on the trail without as I thought being resticted with a 100mm fork but does 20mm make that much a difference would not fancy feeling 100mm was not enough and fallng out of favour with what is already an awesomw bike according to those that ride them.Posted 6 years ago
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