- Enduro Bike for a Big Guy
My regular riding mate (who isn’t on here, hence this post) has convinced himself his XL Meta is too small, so is looking for a new bike. Requirements are for a reach of at least 500 and the ability to run a coil rear shock (due to issues with air shocks being at very high pressures to support his weight. He’s 6’6″ and at least 105kg.)
Looking for something for enduro races, bike parks and some technical natural stuff – 150 -180 travel depending on wheel size. We’ve narrowed it down to the following bikes. Any real world experience would be appreciated.
Geometron G1 or G16 – these look pretty good, but I’m not sure that they’re great for a lot of the riding we do – the jump lines at Wind Hill comprise about 50% of our winter and spring riding.
YT Capra – XXLs are out of stock in the 29er. 27.5 is not a deal killer, but I’ve heard of quite a few frames with issues (particularly carbon) and also problems with customer service.
Nukeproof Mega – this is what I’ve got and I really rate it, but the 29er doesn’t seem to get as good reviews as the 27.5, which I have.
Budget is ample, but doesn’t stretch to Yeti/Santa Cruz carbon (he doesn’t want to spend 5K on a bike and for it not to have a Lyrik or equivalent, so the cheaper builds from those brands are out).
JPPosted 9 months agowishiwascalledsteveMember
Love my XL Mega 290, feels great and handles enduro, natural tech with ease.
It does struggle a bit with the tighter berms of some bike parks type riding, when compared with my mates smaller 27.5…. Having said that I found I was faster on natural/techy bits than they were.
Came from an XL 27.5 capra and immediately felt more comfortable on the mega.Posted 9 months agocalv145Subscriber
Another vote for Bird. I do have one so maybe biased. AM160 might be a good shout if you do a lot of jumping. 506 reach on L or 528 on XL. Best thing is you can spec the bike however you want, and for £5k or a even a lot less you would get a seriously good build that would blow any other bike away spec wise for the price.Posted 9 months agobowglieSubscriber
Another vote for the RocketMAX – I’m a serial bike swapper, but this one’s a keeper. Alternatively, Specialized Enduro fitted with Ohlins coil. I think it’s still possible to buy a lower model aluminium and upspec the shock to coil – put some sturdy wheels on and they are superb bikes. I’ve owned both Alu and Carbon Enduro 29’s, and IME, the Alu framed bike was definitely the better descender (with exactly same build); I think the extra pound or two in weight made the Alu frame feel less ‘pingy’ on fast rough descents. Oh, and annoyingly, I’ve gotta admit that the Enduro’s are better climbers than the RocketMAX.Posted 9 months ago
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