- Does anyone make this?
Do any companies make a frame that is about 3-4″ travel, light and slack but built to take a 150mm fork and have the right geometry with one fitted?
Rode the Beast at Coed Y Brenin this weekend (really good trail) and as a result of it I’ve decided I really like my 150mm forks as they stopped me having a few hairy moments, and the slack nature of my head tube…. but I really don’t need all the travel I’ve got at the back (125mm), it’s a hinderance on the climbs etc.
However I really don’t want a hardcore hardtail, I’d like a small amount of give in the back end to take the sting out of harsh edges and help give a little grip in bumpy corners.
Does such a frame exist?Posted 4 years agofatyowlsMember
Funny you should mention this, i had a Giant Anthem around 4 years ago, and decided to fit a long travel fork to it a Fox Talas 150.Posted 4 years ago
The weight didn’t go up by to much, still weighed around 25 lbs, this was a bike for the peak district and i still now regret selling it.
As for the angles with the forks being talas i could drop them to 120 for most of the ride then the 150 would come into it’s own on the descents, i am not saying this was the perfect ride but it was a great tool for the job.
Fivespot… bit presumptuous of you!
I ride a 2012 Banshee Spitfire, it’s great but wandered if there was anything out there that was basically a hardcore hardtail with a little bit of give to take the sting out of trails. The spitfire geometry is perfect and built to be a long slack bike and designed around a 150mm fork. It climbs fine, but a shorter travel bike would be a bit sharper/snappier and wandered if anyone had built/designed one to mate with a 150mm fork.
Looks like this but higher spec and better colour chooices
Posted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
Agree with the wind down fork suggestion above. My trail centre gnarpoon has a 6″ fork that winds down to 4″ for climbing. Stops any front end waggle, especially on long trail centre climbs. Then, when it’s time to shred the gnat and get my radnezzz on, I just wind it up and shred the brown pow, braw.
🙂Posted 4 years agoSuperficialMember
Sort of got that setup with my Yeti ASR 5 built with similar intentions to yours. 140mm front, 125mm rear – gives it a lowish BB, head angle of 67 and I love it. Santa Cruz Tr similar geometry. I think you can run a 150mm fork on either but whether it would ruin handling I don’t know (it certainly voids the Yeti warranty). Both are plenty light enough. Can’t think of a bike I’d rather have.
GT also released a bike with, I think, 150mm/110mm. I can’t remember the name though. I like the idea but it hasn’t really caught on.
I think Northwind is right though – a decent 150/150mm bike built light should still pedal very well and they’re much more abundant.Posted 4 years agoSuperficialMember
The GT Distortion. Marketed as kind of a DS bike rather than Enduro though. Looks like a lot of fun to me, I’d love to try one.Posted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
In that cae, just a better shock set up might be the answer. I haul a six inch fs around trail centres, as I grind up and enjoy the downs a lot. Set up right it feels perfectly snappy to me. OK, it’s not a patch on a proper xc bike for speedy whippy shizzles, but it’s so much fun!Posted 4 years ago
Kelvin, read what I’ve said… at no point have I said mine climbs badly… I’m purely asking if anyone makes a certain product that I’ve imagined would suit my needs well and wandered if one exists.
I’m not unhappy with mine. It climbs pretty well…. BUT any bike with 125mm is a slight hinderance when it comes to snap.
I don’t need 5″ at the back but a hardtail is a little too rough for my liking so wandered if there was anything inbetween that still had a slack head angle and was built around a 150mm fork.
jeeeez, some people on here really need to learn to read what people write and not the in between lines they choose to.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks for the suggestions Kelvin. I guess everyone running fairly hefty hardcore hardtail should listen to you and make sure they ditch their frames and have the 125mm travel you specify as it won’t be any different.
I’m asking of it exists because it might… and 3-4″ travel WILL be snappier and respond to pedal input better than 5″ travel if designed right/the same. Maybe not a lot different, but so what. My question was DOES IT EXIST?Posted 4 years ago
Nuke….Yeh agreed, the seat tube is too short though to get a post in long enough for my inside leg… I looked at these as freeborn were knocking them out really cheap a while back. Was tempted to build a short one up for the wife as an all dayer as she’s 5ft1, then realised she’s happy as larry with her bFe so left it.
Faceplanter… Tim, didn’t know you used this forum! If you fancy a peaks ride this weekend give me a shout. Yeh kind of looking for a modern version of the old blur 4x, so a bit slacker and lower bb.Posted 4 years ago
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