- Endurance biking – what bikes are you using
I have 2 bikes- a 2002 Stumpjumper FSR – great bike for long fast comfy rides. 100mm travel front and 90mm rear, copes with anything. Or a 2002 Stumpjumper hardtail (ebay find). Light, fast and comfy for the first 4 hours, then it takes a while to extract the saddle from my backside. Did 12 hours at D2D on it though.Posted 6 years agojonbaMember
Specialised Stumpjumper FSR 5″ full suss.
Seems alright, bit overkill but then I’m never going to win most of the races I enter. Put the wheels on a hardtail and bout some hope hoops for it (crest rims). Put lighter tyres on for races and that’s about it.
Done Kielder 100 on it twice, Glentress 7, Selkirk Marathons, Kielder series and other stuff.Posted 6 years agoradoggairMember
Depends what type of endurance racer you are.
If your a podium contender/ top 10 consistantly, then anything around 20lb mark is where its at, FS or HT, 26 or 29.
I ride a 2009 carbon spesh HT, around 20.5lb mark. Its comfy, fast and good climber but more improtantly i get on with it.Posted 6 years ago
For my next venture next year, prob a 100mm FS, maybe even a 29er. I’d have to try a few and then make i light, but thats my next aimdarrellSubscriber
After 5 years of excellent service my blur xc is starting to fall apart. I’ve recently done my last event with her and she is about to be retired.. Am super happy with this bike. But what bikes are you guys and girls using for endurance events. I am not a racer, merely a plodder who likes competing.Posted 6 years agocows_in_carsMember
a big minus 1 for the anthem!Posted 6 years ago
I also used to ride a Blur xc for endurance racing and agree a great bike, made the mistake of selling it for an anthem. I am not doubting the anthem is a great bike but for me there was no love. Despite a similar suspension design it feels very different (to me anyway) doesn’t have the lively feel that the blur has, very neutral feeling, really hated it. Just a word of warning but thats not to say that you might not love it. Currently ride a orange elite hardtail for endurance racing, really, really like that but maybe not quite what your looking for.brassneckSubscriber
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Superlight.
Cheap (ish), reliable, you could swap the pivot bearings out mid ride if you had too though, light (ish these days), takes the edge off the worst of the bumps…
I’ve tried plenty of other sussers, but whilst I’m sure the suspension is more efficient, offers 5% more grip in some circumstances, doesn’t suffer from brake jack (whatever that is) I’ve yet to find one that does the job with less fuss and bother leaving you to just ride – it’s close to a hardtail in terms of maintenance.Posted 6 years ago
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