Better than I ever thought possible. Warning, new bike content.
Tested five and settled on a ‘five’. LBS was awesome and custom built this beauty for me. 28lb without pedals (29.4lb with). First ride yesterday and grinned all the way round! This blows away everything I tested and the 5 pro simply pails in comparison. Maxle rear end, XTR shadow plus and a little velcro to protect the swingarm from the chain… silent as a mouse!
I’ve so over biked my self it’s hilarious but hey, what’s hard work for?… climbs extremely competently and flys down…
Posted 6 years ago
What… Start upgrading already…? The bike was weighed with pedals, it’s a little over 28 without. They’re Shimano DX at 1.25lb. I built the bike with weight in mind but it wasn’t my over riding concern, I wanted pedals that give support and can be used with trainers for the times I throw the leg over for a little ride with the lad.Posted 6 years agovan cough coughMember
I have the Shimano DX pedal in the picture. I like them but I wouldn’t want to ride them with trainers for long or if I had drunk a pint!
The support aspect is overrated since the stiffness of most cycling shoes doesn’t really allow you to benefit from that extra support imho. I like my Shimano 540 pedals just as much as my DX pedals, and they are hard to tell apart in use with a typical pair of shoes ime. The difference is 200g.Posted 6 years ago
Brake-neck, tested the following; (in order)
Yeti ASR-5 (aluminium)
Ibis Mojo SL (carbon)
Specialized Epic 29’r (carbon)
The Yeti and Covert are awesome, was a pretty close call between the three.
When I say ‘over biked’ it’s really just a nod towards gents on the forum who [probably rightly] note that you don’t need much bike to have fun… This cost a few quid and i’m really only a weekend warrior, no other time to get out.
Hilton83 I was the same. Whilst the five was on my initial list it’s looks had it low in the pecking order. I don’t really like the bright colours most go for and the red one I tested was ‘functional’ looking at best. Then my LBS built a custom one for sale in Chrome and the colour works really well. Personally i think it looks the nuts; it’s not exactly ‘pretty’ but very purposeful looking.Posted 6 years ago
Thomohawk that’s exactly it. LBS staff have all had fives at some time and knew what to do. The velcro is about a inch wide and protects the bottom and inside, but is completely invisible from the side. There was no way I was wrapping the swingarm in rubber as it looks a bit off. Not a sound yesterday 🙂Posted 6 years agoxcentricMember
good job in getting around to be able to test all those bikes – what did you do, hit the trail centres that have those on demo? (when I tried, I could get demos around a car park, which isn’t that much use tbh!). Nice bike, glad you’re pleased with it. The fact that you rode it around and enjoyed it is more important than it’s weight, imho. Too much tech obsession (me included……)Posted 6 years ago
I live in the Surrey Hills and there are a fair few quality dealers around. Pretty much all of them allow you to take a bike away for the weekend for a small fee (around £25- £30). All will refund if you buy from them. My LBS stock Specilaized, Orange and Yeti and i went to two others for the Ibis and Transition. It was a really interesting exercise.
As the bike shop built it up to my spec I suffered massive tech obsession for a few weeks. Some decisions were easy but I lost sleep over the XTR cranks – bugger me but they’re expensive 😳 Still, now I’ve got it I’m over the moon with the lot. If anyone wants a kit list I’ll post it.Posted 6 years ago
Wildly, the chain only hits the bottom and inside as you know. The ‘loop’ side of velcro provides plenty of protection and sticks nicely to the swingarm. Use Velcro an inch thick or so and start from the outer edge of the bottom and wrap round and inside. If you look closely at the pic you can see a black strip running up the length of the swingarm.
I’ll post some pics later.Posted 6 years ago
Wildly, as promised here are some photos. I’ll pop them in the thread you started as well for others to find. Apologies for the blue tint to the images I had to enhance the shadows to better detail the Velcro, had a knock on effect…
Close up of underside
Length of swing arm
Inside of swingarm
Cheers.Posted 6 years agoNickSubscriber
I remember when I got my Five in 2004 (it’s gone to a new owner now), I was convinced I would love an Enduro, but thought a Stumpy would be about the right amount of travel.
Think the stumpy was 120 and the enduro was 130 back then.
Test rode all three one day on Cannock Chase, was very disappointed with the Enduro, felt hard work, the stumpy felt sketchy as hell, then I got on the 5, a revelation, loved it.
Might buy another if a I get a good bonus.Posted 6 years ago
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