- Bikes that you instantly hated.
Full carbon Scott Genius. Too tall and the supension on the rear just felt plain weird, it was the shop owners own bike so was setup right too
Oh and had those dual control levers…
I had a few demos on these back when I worked with bikes. They never felt good. I set up the suspension myself from the manual, then talked it through with my contact at Scott, and on a separate bike let the workshop set it up. They always felt too bouncy when climbing and just plain boring downhill.
One of the early Whites was terrible as well, can’t remember the model.Posted 8 years agoSTATOMember
I instantly hate the majority of demo bikes i try, they always seem to be badly set-up with the staff ‘following guidelines’ for frame/fork setup meaning its far too stiff/soft and not at all ballenced. After pottering around dissapointed 5 mins twiddling dials and sorting springs/pressure usually has them feeling much better.Posted 8 years agohiggoMember
Yeti 575 – felt very similar to the Mongoose Teocali I was looking to replace except much taller – I was sat on top of it, not riding it.
Scott Genius – didn’t hold traction on the climbs, couldn’t steer it going down hill. I’m willing to believe it was shock setup and/or tyres but I didn’t like it one bit.
Whyte 46 – I didn’t hate it as such but thought it was an odd/interesting ride. I quite enjoyed it but even after a 3day test I still noticed the odd ride. There was something about it I don’t think I’d ever have got used to (And my main FS bike at the time was a Whyte JW4)Posted 8 years ago
Not really tried a 29er I like. They feel ponderous, slow, it’s difficult to pick the front end up and I ride with flats so always end up hitting my foot on the wheel. I did have a quick go on a Jones which felt really nice, but your more everyday ones were horrible.Posted 8 years agoJackass123456789Member
I bought a second hand Balfa BB7, it was ragged and needed some work to get it going which put a downer on it before I even rode it. Then rode it and it just felt so wrong. Alu front end and steel back made it feel unbalanced and on a couple of times I felt like I was going to flip off the back as the rear end dropped so much quicker than the front.
Replaced it with a Turner DHR – Now that was NICEEEEE!!Posted 8 years agoGaryLakeMember
Lapierre Froggy – although it only weighted 36lb I’ll be buggered if I could get that thing up to speed, it always felt like it wanted to coast to a stop rather than pick up speed. Doesn’t say a lot for a Freeride bike when I was only impressed by how well it climbed (it really did climb well mind!)
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR – dull, soft and reluctant.Posted 8 years agoseth-enslow666Member
Genesis Altitude 853 tubed one. Not a nice ride to me. Too stiff and harsh for a 853 tubed steel frame. People rave about them, but I just sold mine after a few month or so. To change it up a little, the best bike I owned was a specilized hardrock. The one that looked like a poor mans Cove Stifee. Was one of the chapest bikes too I have had! But such a good comfy frame.Posted 8 years ago
always felt like it wanted to coast to a stop rather than pick up speed
DH tyres perchance?
It’s easy to dismiss bikes that are slack, or heavy, or little, when you’re not getting full potential out of them. I don;t particularly love my BMX, which I reckon is because I never really rode one until I was 30. And I didn’t like a Big Hit that I owned for a short amount of time, I suspect because they are ace for blatting downhill, whereas I am not.Posted 8 years agofrankiMember
Controversially, I didn’t much like the Cotic Soul I test rode.Posted 8 years ago
I felt like all my weight was over the front and the steering felt caster-wheel-like. It felt great climbing, but all wrong pointing downhill.
I’m sure the position could have been altered to suit me better and/or I could grow to like it over time, but some bikes just feel “right” when you sit on them and this didn’t to me.TimPMember
I hated my 456. I didn’t get on with the Mary bars, but couldn’t justify new bars so rode it for a while, but really didnt get on. Bought some Outland risers and things didnt get much better. Got a Kona Scrap with had much higher risers (for the GF) and my hands felt in a much better position when I took it out and it rapidly became my favoured bike, while the 456 gathered dust. Eventually I got round to new high risers on the 456 after going out with the GF and wanting to ride her bike and we are finally getting along (me and the 456). On reflection I would have been pretty gutted if I had sold it, but we close to parting ways (again the 456 – still with the GF)Posted 8 years agotrail_ratMember
22lb Giant XTC build on the “frame only” option ….
low bb , steep head angle .. .speced by a mate against all my advice with 80mm sids and really really harsh rear end !
im also anti boardman … they are mutton dressed as lamb .. good componants hung on a shite frame (ive had the misfortune to ride a few correcting the local halfords really bad mechanic work) and they use really cheap hidden bits , headsets and bbs etc to keep to the price point.Posted 8 years agoacjimMember
hmm, always managed to enjoy any bike – maybe I’ve just not ridden enough of the things!
Closest to hate was for a Scott hardtail I hired in Rotorua – shocky mech discs, clunky top out forks – basically as cheap as pos – still had a bloody good ride on it though, even including some pretty decent sized drops and steep stuff.Posted 8 years ago
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