best 'one bike does all'
Rent a suitable bike for the alps trip.Posted 3 years agocampfreddieMember
i am currently running a newly-built Yeti Sb-66 with pikes etc etc and a very newly-built 20lbs Cannondale scalpel carbon with 650b conversion.
the yeti rocks for trail centres and the scalpel just laps up xc like nothing else.
i am however thinking that having the guts of £6k tied up in a pair of bikes might not be the best for my bank balance, so i’m thinking of moving them both on to replace with just one bike.
most of my riding is xc around the new forest, but the bike needs to be able to handle places like afan and a planned alps long-weekend later this summer.
so far i’m thinking 650b wheels, dropper post, circa 130mm travel, possibly carbon, 1×10 with range expander or 1×11 and circa £2.5k tops (new, custom built or second hand).
the obvious choice is a canyon spectral (if i can get hold of one) or possibly a Radon (effectively the same, but not really marketed in the UK and offering a spec similar to the Canyon).
what else should i be looking at?
(btw. i don’t want a Turner, a Yeti ASR5 or a Titus FTM carbon as i’ve done those already).Posted 3 years agomaxtorqueMember
Following the STW convention of “Recommend What You Ride” (RWUR) i’d say my Zesty is pretty good compromise. Run in 140mm mode with a light set of wheels/tyres it’s ~11.5Kg, and yet, bolt on a spicy spec rear shock (for 160mm) and stick on some long forks (160mm Pikes) and some burly wheels/tyres and it becomes a reasonable descender at 13kg.
The downsides? Well, it takes a bit of looking after, and certainly isn’t as tough as some of the more UK specific bikes.Posted 3 years agocampfreddieMember
i don’t want 26 or 29 wheels.
i also don’t want something too close to the yeti i have already built (otherwise, i might as well just sell the scalpel and use that for everything).
i may end up building something, provided i can come up with a suitable frame… unfortuantely, there aren’t too many storming deals on 650b full-suss framesets at the moment.Posted 3 years agomunrobikerMember
I had a similar dilemma this time last year. I needed a bike that would replace a Giant Anthem that I used for XC racing and local trail riding and an Orange Five with 160mm lyriks that I used in the Alps once a year, and regularly in the big mountains of the Lakes and the Highlands, as well as ragging it about the Peak District regularly.
I built this Stumpy Evo Carbon up with a second hand frame, my existing seatpost and rear mech and everything else new from the CRC sales and, for most of the drivetrain and brakes, Germany.
Total cost was £2.6k, weight is 25.5lb which is light enough for XC racing but it’s also capable enough that it beat all my times downhill on the Five on strava. Done a week in Andorra nicely too.
Posted 3 years ago40mpgSubscriber
What Takisawa says – seriously. Sell the Cannondale, keep the Yeti, buy a fat bike or 29+ for the forest. Its teh way I’ve gone, it works, and its fun! (plus you can explore all the interesting little beaches down the waterfront and round Lymington way, all the way to the Purbecks in fact. And then you can drop in on Charlie The Bikemonger for a drink. what more could you ask for?)Posted 3 years agogrumMember
Best for your bank balance is probably to stick with what you have. Doubt the sale of those two bikes leave you much left over from a new bike purchase, maybe a grand at most if you do manage to stick to the 2.5k.
Also, SB66 for trail centres? I happily ride my 6″ travel Pitch anywhere but trail centres are probably the places I least need all that travel. 😕Posted 3 years agojuliansMember
selling both and buying a single replacement is definitely going to be false economy, you’ll come out of it with very little actual cash for the bank balance.
Keep the SB66, sell the scalpel, Job done. If you really must, then buy some light wheels and tyres and swap them round when you want to ride a long distance.Posted 3 years ago
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