- Bikes that are fun everywhere
I’ve had a sore back for a few weeks (getting old) so took the Five out for a spin on some very tame forest trails at the weekend. Normally I’d take the 29er HT for a ride like that (most of it could be done on a road bike to be honest), but I still came back with a big grin on my face.
There is nothing special about the Five. It isn’t the best bike in the world and it certainly isn’t the fastest anywhere, but whether I’m bimbling along a forest trail, messing about on slippery trails in the woods or pushing the (very narrow) limits of my nerve on some rocky descent it always makes me feel like a little kid on his first bike again.
So, what bike does that for you?Posted 4 years agojohnnySubscriber
My NS Surge;
now it has new and good forks is by far the favorite at the moment. It’s short and snappy in the singletrack, easy to ride on more XC rides if a bit slow, but I love it on jumps/pumptracks. Its a bit slower on DH than the full sus, but pretty composed, and pops off everything- and its mainly made of old parts and second hand oddments!Posted 4 years ago
Nope haven’t got one that’s fun everywhere. Big bike is fun down and rubbish up, XC is enjoyable on the climbs but rubbish on the descents, trail bike is just OK everywhere
That’s what I expected to find with my two (off-road) bikes. The FF29 is designed for XC use so would be more fun on tamer XC rides and the Five would be more fun on the bigger stuff. But, in fact, it hasn’t worked out that way. The FF29 is faster 90% of the time (and there is pleasure in that), but the Five is always more fun.
Don’t get me wrong, I can still have fun on the FF29 and the amount of fun I have depends more on external factors than on the bike. But some bikes just seem to put a smile on your face no matter how inappropriate they might seem.Posted 4 years agomattjgSubscriber
I’m feeling this way about my Yelli Screamy at the moment. It rocked at BikePark Wales, it does local XC and ST riding perfectly well (any limit on speed is me not the bike, same with technical riding), it’s fun, stable, fast and flickable too. It makes a nippy single speed, I think the short chainstays help on attacking climbs stood up.
I’ve been through half a dozen frames over the last couple of years and the process now seems to be reducing back to just one.
Perhaps I’ll get a second wheel set so I can quickly switch between light XC and heavier trail set ups, that’s still a fraction of the cost of a second bike.
If I ever “must have” an FS, I’ll rent one.Posted 4 years ago
But some bikes just seem to put a smile on your face no matter how inappropriate they might seem.
Hmm am always on the lookout for something like that. A bike that’s an inevitable compromise but still fun to ride as opposed to being ruthlessly capable at one specific activity
Sometimes I think having more than one bike only serves to highlight the inadequacies of the othersPosted 4 years agooliverracingSubscriber
My old (2003) canti brake cross bike – makes everything difficult, scary and some parts downright dangerous, but it’s bloody good fun and don’t think I could ever sell it – although I’m tempted to get a disc cross bike so I can ride even bigger trails, for even bigger smiles!Posted 4 years agoscudMember
I always have fun on Cotic X CX bike and Croix De Fer before it, both comfortable to ride, and where modern MTB’s are so capable, my CX bike is a giggle riding off road, even the slightest muddy slope or little feature becomes interesting as you slip and slide about on things an MTB would find easy.Posted 4 years agofaustusSubscriber
I think it is psychological rather than down to machinery. Any MTB is fun if you feel lucky to be on it and making the most of any trail you happen to be on. I’ve been using my hardtail to commute to work, and there is no off road, but it’s just way more fun because I can manual over a few bumps rather than chatter over them on my commuter, or jump off kerbs…it’s a state of mind I try and keep whenever I ride, so you get the most out of the bike and trail no matter what the bike or trail is.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
I’ve ridden my Jones further in more places and different terrain than any bike I’ve had and it’s never been anything but fun. It’s just a good ‘bike’, rather than a good road/cx/mtb/am etc categorised bike which really helps.
psychological rather than down to machinery
Totally agree, one of my best rides was on an old nail of a bike. And some bikes just suit you more than others rather than being a better bike.Posted 4 years agotrevron73Member
Cannondale Beast of the East ,when BB where high, chain stays were short and THICK THICK tubes ruled , Grip shift ,hydro brakes and 18 years old ? makes yer think .I love it and ride it when i can ,the brakes are a nightmare to set, but are on/off and powerfull(anyone remember 1997)the bike eats thrashing, it is the second best frame behind a PACE RC200 ,retro heaven no other way.Posted 4 years ago
kelvin – Member
Do you have one I could borrow Northwind?
It comes complete with a 450mm seatpost to make it a super-efficient pedalling machine.
At the other end of the stupidity spectrum I took my old rigid carrera on the innerleithen uplift a couple of times, that was a great laugh but I wouldn’t want to do it anywhere rougher…Posted 4 years agostavromullerSubscriber
The first time I rode a Mount Vision on a test ride, it put a grin on my face and that I had to have one. Two years later I got a second hand one for half the price and I still grin just looking at it and when my nephew asked me, what bike would I have, money no object, I told him I’ve already got it.Posted 4 years ago
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