- Bikes that are fun everywhere
My Sov. Alternates between: “hell yeah!” and “oh sh**” from moment to moment and finishes every trail with: “I feel alive”. Not too shabby at attacking climbs either, despite its compactness. I’ll be honest and say its slow compared to the Tracer275 both up and down and sucks on those straight line continuous never let up rocky trails you get in the North.
Curiousyellow pedalled it the other day and simply said ” it’s a big BMX” before quickly putting it down! It’s peculiar character is not to everyone’s taste. I’ll never sell or scrap it.Posted 4 years agoroverpigSubscriber
Of course, when talking about something as subjective as fun, it is bound to be largely psychological. I don’t doubt that some of the joy I feel when riding my Five comes from the fact that it is bright (neon) orange! But it does seem that some bikes put a smile on our faces more than others and this is largely independent of any objective measure of how good they are. Obviously, the bikes that do it for us are as varied as we are and we’ve seen everything here; from rigid/CX bikes, through hardtails and 29ers to big bouncy bikes, which is only to be expected I guess.Posted 4 years agoStevelolMember
In threads like this it’s common for everyone to just post their own bike, and I’m going to do just that, but it is my ‘one for all’ bike and all that 🙂
My Blur TRc is fun everywhere. I used to have a Transition Covert, which was brilliant downhill and on most trails where it was easy to maintain speed, but it was fairly heavy and accelerated slowly, admittedly that was because I had a heavy(ish) build and very heavy tyres.
My Blur is very very fast, it accelerates with minimal effort, is light enough and active enough in the suspension to pump and jump off anything. On rockier downhills when the Covert would be a lot easier to ride quickly, it’s still fun, the challenge is just different.Posted 4 years agoqtipSubscriber
Have to agree with the OP, my Five is fun almost everywhere. My Intense is better downhill but sucks if you have to pedal anywhere, my 456 is better is better on long non-technical trails but is not much fun on technical downhills or when it gets really rough, my Orange Air O is great fun street riding on a BMX track or 4X course but is too short to be any fun if you have to pedal anywhere.
I don’t believe there’s any bike that is fun everywhere though. The Five would get out of its depth pretty quickly on full-on DH tracks and that wouldn’t be much fun, but that’s why I have more than one bike.Posted 4 years agoleo72Subscriber
I’ve been riding two bikes in the past ten years, a Cotic Soul hardtail and a Santa Cruz Bullit. The funny thing is, despite the bikes differ so much, both are fun to ride on the same kind of trails. The old Soul is so fun that I’m now building a new one, that we are going to use also as a rental bike. Check out the progress of the new Cotic Soul build here: http://www.hillsidecycling.com/news
/LeoPosted 4 years agoPJM1974Member
I’ve three bikes, a Wolf Ridge with 160mm forks, an Orange Pure 7 and a Spesh Camber. The Camber is by some margin the most sought after…despite giving away 40mm of travel to the Marin it’s an absolute hoot on the descents, plus it encourages me to attack the climbs. On flatter terrain, it just happily bimbles, never feeling like it absorbs effort but always dampening the bumps without complaint.
According to the stopwatch my Marin is the fastest of all my bikes around my local route by some margin, but I don’t feel anywhere near as involved. If the trails involve climbs it’s a PITA.Posted 4 years agoLesterMember
My ibis mojo always puts a smile on my face. I keep trying other bikes but the mojo just feels so quick, light (27 lb) and quick. It’s fast up hill and it’s fast going down and seems to be able to do anything I want it to. I try to ride my fireline ht 29er as much as I can, but it’s always the mojo that gives me the most satisfaction and grin factorPosted 4 years agoBillOddieSubscriber
I’ll counter the “post my bike because it’s the funnest everywhere obviously” vibe of this thread by saying the my rigid singlespeed whilst fun is NOT fun everywhere, it feels a bit steep at the front and actually gave me stigmata at Afan.
I’ll also say that my Ragley Bluepig is an exceptionally fun bike but on tamer trails i think you can actually hear it yawning. It needs to be ragged and ragged hard. It’s also a bit of a lump.
I’m adding a new bike to the garage next year and it’ll sit somewhere between the two existing bikes. It’ll have big wheels, maybe a touch of suspension, it’ll be lighter than the Ragley, it’ll have gears and won’t be a boat anchor. That bike should be fun pretty much everywhere but not as much fun as the Ragley on the harder/steeper trails.Posted 4 years ago
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