I have 120/150 Sektors on mine, 50mm stem. Feels great to me both ways but different certainly on the flats, the bike loves to pop off stuff and have fun. I cannot answer your question directly as I’ve not ridden a Soul. I would imagine buying a used Soul is pretty low risk, if you find it’s not for you you can sell it again or the BFe.
What do you mean by dead ? I suggest you pedal harder, go faster and find some features to make the ride more interesting !Posted 4 years ago
The cassette is XT so that’s about as light as I can go within my budget. Wheels are flow ex running tubeless. I have seen a soul frame for 250 so I’m just wondering…….
My BFe weighs in at 28.4 pounds exactly the same as my previous bike which was an orange five SE. However it doesn’t climb aswell but it’s much much better on the descents. It seems to come alive when speed is applied! It’s by far the best bike I have owned/tried on the downs but not great at climbing. I’m wondering if the soul would be an improvement on the ups and flats but still has that wow factor on the descents.Posted 4 years agomindmap3Member
What length are you running your forks whilst riding flatter stuff? The slacker head angle may make it feel a bit like that.
I have a BFe too but I can’t really say if mine feels dead or not because its an XS built as a jump / mucking about bike. Angle wise it feels pretty much spot on with some 130mm Z1’s and is a hoot on the descents.
What size is your frame?Posted 4 years agoandehMember
I’m 6’1 and ride the medium BFe with 50mm stem, definitely not too small.
Hmm, I kind of know what you mean, though I really like mine. I find it’s the sort of bike that rewards proportionally to what you put in. Maybe working and attacking the trail more would help? Manuallng bits, pumping compressions, floating over rocky bits?Posted 4 years ago
i’m also 6’1″, and in Cotic world i need an XL, with a 70/80mm stem. fwiw i sometimes quite like boring flat bits and a good bit of climbing
smaller frames are ‘more chuckable’ (whatever that means), and that’s taken to be a good thing, but there’s a compromise, surely? – or we’d all be riding 11″ frames – with our stems fitted backwards.Posted 4 years ago
I have recently built up a BFe and it’s fantastic when gravity is my friend but it’s just feels a little ‘dead’ on the flats. I had intended to build a soul but a decent secondhand Bfe frame came up and the price I couldn’t really refuse!
I’m considering sourcing a secondhand frame and swapping the components over.
Is there a massive difference in the way the frames feel?
It’s my only bike and it’s mainly used for glentress but also bombing around and jumping off things etc.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I’ve had a Soul and a BFe and now a Soda, and weirdly they’ve felt like pretty different bikes. I never gelled with the BFe, basically it was very good but it was never magic. It’s not the weight, I had fairly similiar weight builds overall, more the feel. The BFe went as fast as I told it to, the Soul told me to go faster 😉Posted 4 years ago
Ahwiles. That’s something tbh I hadn’t thought about. My previous frame was a 17 ” orange five with a 50 mm stem and that climbed much better than the Bfe. Same tyres, wheel weight etc. on the five I was running a slx triple but never used the granny ring. In the BFe I have a saint cranks and single ring. I know there isn’t a huge amount in the weight difference (200g) I’m just wondering if that extra weight is actually making a bigger difference than I imagined.Posted 4 years agoxiphonMember
Sounds like you need to go on a skills course, to learn how to make the bike feel less “dead”
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If the frame has a lower TT, your knees don’t bash on it, hence why DJ/4X riders have small frames (and sometimes a long TT to compensate – same TT length as much larger frames – 18″, 19″)Posted 4 years agocolournoiseSubscriber
Not ridden a Soul, but 18 months into being a BFe owner I’m definitely learning that (as others above have said) it’s a bike that needs ‘riding’. If you just sit on it as a passenger it’s pretty dead feeling – once you start to get involved and look for lips, lumps and drops to pop off it really starts to feel in its element.
In terms of climbing I find that you can sit and winch (or on the flat sit and spin) but again it’s a bit uninvolving – hammering at stuff in tougher gears seems to make the uphills more fun (if harder work). Did a couple of laps of Sherwood on my BFe at the weekend – didn’t shift from a 34/17 gear and rode pretty much all of it stood up and attacking stuff – had a right laugh.
FWIW mine weighs 29lb and runs 130mm Bombers on a 50mm stem.Posted 4 years ago
Because the five was incredibly boring at glentress! Strange thing to say I know. My first bike was a rockhopper which gave me a buzz going down at glentress. The five just seemed so easy. I wanted a a frame which would give me an adrenalin rush without having to find incredibly steep stuff. The BFe really gives a buzz when I’m descending. It feels a little bit out of control, which I like. The five kinda felt ‘normal’. I only ride for fun.Posted 4 years agobungalisticSubscriber
There’s not much of a difference between the Soul and Bfe, the Bfe has just been stiffened and strengthened to accept the longer travel forks and weighs around 1b more than equivalent Soul frame. So I can’t see changing frame to make a huge difference.
Some stuff in this post (including Cy’s input) http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/whats-difference-between-soul-and-bfePosted 4 years ago
Because the five was incredibly boring at glentress! Strange thing to say I know. My first bike was a rockhopper which gave me a buzz going down at glentress. The five just seemed so easy. I wanted a a frame which would give me an adrenalin rush without having to find incredibly steep stuff. The BFe really gives a buzz when I’m descending. It feels a little bit out of control, which I like. The five kinda felt ‘normal’. I only ride for fun.
ha ha, oddly enough i started on a hopper then bought a pitch, which made everything too easy so went to the Beefy for all your reasons too!Posted 4 years agocatvetMember
Five has longer top tube, longer front centre as well, therefore with same 50 mm stems the five will be probable have better weight distribution for climbing, I am same size as you, and find my soul a little short, but a large would be huge.Posted 4 years ago
120 mm fork seems best on the Soul
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