Can we have a whats the new scandal like to ride thread?
Steammtb what wherls did the bike come with then? I don’t think my sons has turned up yetPosted 2 weeks ago
Never took the tyres off my mates, but let some air out the tubes . ‘Think’ the rims were Alex 30mm EXR30’s. Cant exactly remember but they roll nice on the hubs. Even so, a roll of gorilla tape and a couple of stans valves is cheap enough to wop in there.Posted 2 weeks ago
Apparently son has bike and has ridden it. Hopefully he’ll with a longer review at some pointPosted 2 weeks ago
The Vittoria Saguaro tyres don’t sound fantastic (certainly not against the tyres on the Vitus) but I will give them a go
Post up again at some point as I was thinking of a set. Mine came with the Vittoria GOMA which are much more like a Minnion DHF (possibly with even bigger knobs!). Great grip in mixed conditions but not a quick tyre!Posted 2 weeks ago
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Code LCVIP 1510Posted 1 week ago
Very tempted to buy one of these but put off by the damaged on delivery stories and general poor service but seems a bargain especially the current version with GX gearing and 35 forks. Also the sizing rant by Brant I’m 5ft 11 and the sizing guide says large do I ignore that and go medium if so why is the guide wrong ? My current bike is a Boardman MHT 8.9 (29er hardtail) in large which fits perfectly. Cheers guysPosted 1 week ago
No idea why the sizing guide appears to be so off, but at only an inch shorter than you I definitely couldn’t have gone with a large, the medium is more than big enough!
Mine was very well wrapped and gears / BB all spot on. The only negatives were brake cables etc that were routed incorrectly and a puncture in the rear tyre, neither of which are anything but a very minor niggle. I’m more upset by the Vittoria Morsa tyres they gave me, which somewhat ruin the bike, going find time to swap them today 🙂Posted 1 week ago
Very tempted to buy one of these but put off by the damaged on delivery stories and general poor service
The poor delivery was just for frame only with big frames as the headtube and drop outs were sticking out the box. Full bikes should be OK.
As for customer service if you buy the right bike and it arrives with no issues then their customer service if great 🤣
Its a £900 bike that punches way above its price point. I think it’s worth the risk. If you want better customer service then they’d need more staff and these wouldn’t be £900!Posted 1 week ago
Also the sizing rant by Brant I’m 5ft 11 and the sizing guide says large do I ignore that and go medium
Definitely go medium. A large quite big for me at 6’1″Posted 1 week ago
Back to how it rides, I got a frame during the second round of cheap frame/headset/seatclamp sales and built it up using kit of my V2 scandal with some boost adapters, new brand x dropper and some new cheap judy silver 120mm forks. It’s become my go to bike for most things in preference over my SC 5010 and Sonder Camino as covers the middle ground between them so well. I enjoy it so much that I’m upgrading the forks to 130mm higher spec ones and also upgrading the drivetrain from 10 to 11 speed. A long winded way of saying that it’s a great frame/bike that rides really well and proves you don’t need to spend ‘boutique’ money to get a really good bike.Posted 1 week ago
I have given the bike some tyres that it deserves, a 2.6 vigilante up front and a 2.4 fast rolling trail boss at the back. I’ve also stuck on a 30 degree stem and SQ labs bars, clearly that’s my preference and I doubt most would appreciate those changes. I did a quick local spin and it felt transformed from my earlier ride, so I thought a proper test would be in order. Enter Eastridge from stage left.
I figured the bike would be ok at Eastridge and just planned to do the standard red and black; still pretty demanding on a hardtail and always left me absolutely knackered in the past. I needed to drop the tyre pressures pretty low early in the ride as I was having real issues when I hit root sections at speed, but after that, the scandal was superb, exactly what I expected from the bike originally. I still felt fresh after the red and black so did several more of the more severe runs, including some of the near vertical, fully committed (and quite slippy / rooty) trails from top to bottom; I was a bit nervous about doing some of them on a hardtail but really shouldn’t have been; just needed to make sure I didn’t hesitate and did hit the sections at speed. I’m mega surprised how well the Scandal tackled some serious stuff, although I have learnt a whole new level of respect for the rear wheel and greasy roots, I’m sure I will improve at that with practice and cut down on those special moments when the rear wheel shoots sideways 🙂 I hang my head in shame, after my first ride I almost put the bike up for sale, that would have been a huge mistake.
This is a bike that deserves proper tyres!Posted 1 week ago
I have given the bike some tyres that it deserves, a 2.6 vigilante up front and a 2.4 fast rolling trail boss at the back.
@Steamtb Can I ask what you didn’t like about the Morsas and what sort of terrain you mainly ride on? I’ve got them on mine and set them up tubeless. I found the front end had a tendancy to wash out to start with but I put that down to me not being used to the LLS geometry. I’ve been making an effort to keep my weight forward and this seems to have helped. They seem OK on loamy and rooty areas around me but I’ve only been doing local loops so far.Posted 1 week ago
@lankystreekofpee unless I put them at really high pressures (poor grip and felt awful) they squirmed really badly on hard corners, drops and jumps. Just not a tyre I liked in any way.Posted 1 week ago
I ordered a GX in Medium (I’m 176cm) last night, semi by accident (don’t ask!), but was actually intending to buy a steel HT.
I know, trigger happy 🙄 but how compliant is this compared to the Big Dog, or should I get in touch (god knows how!) and go for the steel BD?
Is the Big Dog the same sizing?Posted 1 week ago
Ex Solaris and Tarn owner. Dead comfy, forget traditional views of alu smashing your back. Especially true since they changed the cen for steel frames.Posted 1 week ago
Great thanks!Posted 1 week ago
Price of the builds hasn’t gone up but bare frames BD and Scandal are presently £700.Perhaps they’ve had to invest in bigger boxes…Posted 1 week ago
The twits that couldn’t buy them ’cause they were cheap now can.
I think when the frames are at *full* pricing they are not actually intending to sell any – they will be getting used for builds.
When they run out of parts to do cheap builds or there are lots of spare frames on the shelf, the frame price will go back to something more sensible.
Still pleased I got in at £149 though!
Regards comfort/compliance – I haven’t ridden a big dog, but I’ve had stacks of steel frames in the past, Cotic, Dialled, Genesis etc etc, always been a big fan.
Now, however, we are in the days of 29ers, short seat tubes, big low pressure tyres and very good forks, I think the ‘advantage’ of a steel hardtail is being gradually eroded, to the point where the build and geo make much more of a difference to the bike than whether it’s steel or alloy tubing. I wouldn’t base my choice on material alone these days.Posted 1 week ago
Or to put it another way, I wouldnt choose steel purely for ride comfort these days. Looks, durability, coolness etc are all valid, reasons for steel of course.Posted 1 week ago
Durability. I have had ally frames go baggy. No idea if that still happens. I agree that big tyres literally take the edge off the difference. On One must have bought a lot of frames though. I really liked my Dialled but I went 29 and they didn’t so I got an Inbred. Think more would have been sold if they’d named the BD Sinbred son of Inbred. That’s what it is.Posted 1 week ago
Now, however, we are in the days of 29ers, short seat tubes, big low pressure tyres and very good forks, I think the ‘advantage’ of a steel hardtail is being gradually eroded, to the point where the build and geo make much more of a difference to the bike than whether it’s steel or alloy tubing. I wouldn’t base my choice on material alone these days.
I agree with this 100% plus years of experience designing and building frames have helped make frames better. Plus a kilo lighter makes a big difference.Posted 1 week ago
Thanks folks… spoke to PX earlier and the chap echoed the comments above. Will stick with the scandal and use the £200 saved for a dropper and new bike trousers!!Posted 1 week ago
Are the frames really £700 now. That’s crazy money.
I’m only just in a position now to be looking to buy and kept my eye on the Scandal’s but as is my luck they are either sold out or bloody £700. Maybe its not to be for me.
P.S. If anyone has a XL frame they want to sell, please message me or call on 07584413433Posted 1 week ago
Px prices go up and down all the time. Just sign up to the news letter (warning you get an email every day) and be ready for a decent pricePosted 1 week ago
Ordered a large last week, due to be built later in November. Then I found this site/thread…Posted 3 days ago
I’m 6ft, and the planetx size guide says I should go large, but everyone on here says large is too large, and medium is ideal.
However, the size guide says I’m 3 inches too tall for a medium.
Is the planetx size guide wrong, and if so, why haven’t they updated it?
Do I need to change my order?
You’ll have read thread more carefully than me. I think my son is 5 foot 10 be bought a medium based on this thread. He has had two brief rides he says it seems big compared to his old geometry bike but not too big. He says he has space for a 170mm dropper so it’s certainly not hugePosted 3 days ago
I am still struggling with the sizing guide and a couple of staff at Planet x saying 5ft 11 ok for large where as customer experience seems to be go medium. My Boardman hardtail has a reach of 441 which seems very comfy and is closer to medium on the Scandal but my only criticism of the Boardman is it feels too short on steep singletrack but the head angle at 68 degrees doesn’t help I’m sure. Please help me make my mind up hahaPosted 2 days ago
I’m 5’11”, I tried a mates large (With a 35mm stem) after reading what Brant had said on here and have sold my unbuilt large frame as a result, I’m sure I could’ve lived with it but it felt pretty big.Posted 2 days ago
I’m 6 foot and really, really like my Large. I haven’t ridden a Medium but don’t feel the need to.Posted 2 days ago
Taking a look at the Geo chart the medium Scandal has shorter chainstays , shorter reach, both by 10 or so mm than the Big Dog. The wheel base unsurprisingly comes out about an inch less. The seat tube angle eschews fashion and follows tradition for pedalling efficiency. It’s slacker than the Dog. I have the seat on my Dog slammed back and definately would not buy a steeper seat tube frame without a test. It’s easy to move the seat forward though and not one person has commented on this.Posted 2 days ago
Based on my 5′ 8″ I can’t see how a medium would be right for someone of 6′ in the cockpit at least. Wheelbase is another matter. Bikes have got much longer and that does require some adjustment.
Bit of a story behind the purchase of my Scandal.
I broke my arm in two places at the end of June while on a local ride (Humerus & elbow fracture)
I’m usually pretty active so the downtime while on furlough & recovering wasn’t something I particularly enjoyed so I thought I’d give myself a new bike build project.
On a restless Saturday I saw one of the Planet X flash sales and snapped up (or so I thought) an Orange Scandal with minor paint chips for the usual bargain price. The rest of the weekend I used planning & searching for parts to complete the build.
Now before we go on I’ve seen plenty of stories regarding negative customer experiences from Planet X. I’ve got to say my overall experience was very good albeit a little slow in response time.
Monday came & went without the frame arriving, only then to have an email from Planet X cancelling the order as out of stock. After I couple of emails back & forth with them I found that they’d sold the frame twice. As i’d already started ordering other parts a straightforward refund wasn’t going to work. After another email exchange they agreed to send me a new frame at no extra charge. The only catch was they were out of stock until the end of August.
Great I thought. On with the build!
Then they dropped the price of the GX build to £999. Even with savvy buying there was no way I’d be able to build-up the bike with the same components for that price, so I cancelled the frame and bought the complete bike!
It arrived really well packaged and also a little ahead of schedule.
Just need to get back in to riding again now. Is it wrong that I don’t want to get my new shiny bike all muddy??
I’m looking at frame protection for it before I start taking it out in the grime. Any suggestions from anyone?Posted 2 days ago
Invisiframe is my go-to. Amazing quality and worth the money.Posted 1 day ago
I just stuck some matt clear frame tape I had kicking around on my mates Scandal and works fine for his bike.Posted 1 day ago
I’m looking at frame protection for it before I start taking it out in the grime. Any suggestions from anyone?
I’d just make sure you’ve cable guides/protectors on and just ride it.Posted 1 day ago
Internally routed so you aren’t gonna get much in the way of cable rub. I’ve always found that even wet grimy shorts will rub the frames paintwork. If you aren’t bothered, don’t use any protection, if you are, do. And if you don’t mind shelling out, Invisiframe is awesome.Posted 1 day ago
Been looking at the dyedbro kits. Will just use cable guides around the headtube.Posted 21 hours ago
I am ordering a couple of the Dyebro kits this week after getting a look at them on a couple of Matt Jones’s bikes. Look cool, hope the quality is good.Posted 18 hours ago
I feel its worth pointing out – I dont think you will need any tape on the headtube – Despite being the cheapest frame I’ve had n ages the Scandal has the best thought out cable routing I’ve seen – there are NO points where cables can rub once installed – a design touch I really appreciate.
Chainstay needs some protection and possible sides of the top tube from your shorts. I just havent bothered, never do.Posted 7 hours ago
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