Do it all 29er hardtail…. if you had to…
I just piked up a stache 8 last week. I took it for its first outing this morning on Hexham Common and it was great. Being up to this point a 29er virgin I don’t have much to compare it to but it flew round.
I managed to find one reduced also which helped somewhat. The 120mm fork and tighter frame means it is a bit more do it all. The only limitation is my skill.Posted 4 years ago
Happy with my Yelli Screamy, I don’t think I’d sacrifice the fun it is for a bit more straight line speed, and it’s no slouch anyhoo. It would do if I had to only have 1 bike.
IMO one has to give the Buzzard serious consideration, near identical geo to the Yelli but less than half the cost.
I had a Swift, very competent, versatile and VFM but it didn’t release my inner grom in the same way.Posted 4 years ago
This is an absolute classic “everyone recommends what they own” thread.
Because they look a little different to me, I have trouble telling the frame size from those pics. Any in L/XL?
If i *had* to have one (nothing against the idea, but have no need for one yet) it might as well be the right size and that’s a big large. Something playful and versatile that didn’t feel awkward like some big bikes can.
That QH with it’s low standover looks playful, with a touch of butch lesbian shopping bicycle 😀 Would something like that be the equivalent of an Evil Sov’d styled bike?Posted 4 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
If you *had* to have a 29er, as a do it all bike, what would you go with?
In what sort of twisted, unsustainable, gutless world would you *have* to have a 29er as a do it all bike? I would rather take up ballet. Or go to yoga classes. Or get a degree in crochet. HTH.Posted 4 years ago
I keep thinking of getting an XCAD titanium version of my yelli made.Optimised for 140mm fork (lower bb slightly and steepen the seat angle a smidge),room to fit a 34/36t chainring (xx1 😀 ),chainstay mounted brake and reverb stealth routing.Posted 4 years ago
But the short chainstays are very tricky to achieve and I can’t afford to do it twice (or just buy a vertigo).StonerSubscriber
Run with or without suspension
SS or Rohloff
I can swap ss for the rohloff hub in less than 15 minutes. And maybe 20-30mins for the forks. But only if I really need to have a geared HT – say for a trip to the Pyrenees etc.
The A-C varies between 450mm (Rigid) and 495mm (@80mm) to 535mm (@120mm) and so the bike has very different handling. I prefer it down at 450mm but Ive thrown it down the Pyrenees at 120mm on the 20mm axle rebas and it’s been fine – but probably not as good handling as the current crop of 120mm travel frames out there.
But 99% of the time it’s in SS rigid mode.Posted 4 years ago
right so we’re doing pikchers:
* if you’re seriously racing with a shot at podium, get a proper race bike. I have no idea what.
* if you’re into chewing up miles, maybe a Swift, or a steel Niner
* for everything else, those 2-3 hour rides with your mates when the last 2% in pace isn’t relevant, get something along the lines of a Yelli, Buzzard etc. The key numbers are 120mm fork, 68 degree head angle, 425mm chainstay.
The ‘trailsy’ HTs such as Solaris, FF29, (Fireline) come out as a bit of a compromise in my mind, the Yelli (et al) has the balls to be what it wants not what it thinks the market demands. It’s still a perfectly good XC bike, I’d happily race it too as I’m not a podium contender, I enjoy riding it and I’m as quick on it as any other bike.Posted 4 years ago
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