Friday is Cotic day…
dantsw13 – Member
I like the idea of a RocketMax. How do you owners think it would stand up as my new Alps bike?
Not sure what the difference between an Alps bike a a regular bike is but the Max is a monster. Fast, fun and a joy to ride. Only issue might be the brakes. Nothing wrong with them but i was a little surprised to see 180 rotors fitted to my XL.Posted 10 months ago
@dahedd: if you insist on doing the Speyside Way the whole way it’s a real PITA. There are gates galore on the section after Cromdale. I thought I’d written it up but I don’t seem to have. ScotRoutes was routemaster on the trip and he wrote it up here: http://www.blog.scotroutes.com/2017/03/moray-way-no-way.html
Myself and SR were pisstaking about it being a mini HT550 but it did turn into a mini-epic (well, for me anyways). The first day was 15 hours long (I had to walk a fair bit after Fochabers due to cramps) and arriving in Lossie at 10.15 looking for food with a early am pitch at Covesea. Character building (type 2) stuff!
So, in summary, if you cut out the walking section you’ll save a good couple of hours and not be missing anything other than a trudge (the many gated section is all walking). But then of course you’ll be cheating…. 😀Posted 10 months ago
I’m waiting for a set of Boost 29er wheels for my SolarisMAX
.. What did you order?
With all the rain we’ve been having, I fitted my cheap superstar set to the SolarisMax this week. Grip on that Magic Mary is amazing but those wheels are pretty dead and heavy.
[url=https://flic.kr/p/X219MJ]Cotic SolarisMax on 29s[/url] by Alex Leigh, on Flickr
So today I bought some American Classics (had them before) wide lightening Boost wheels at a bit of a bargain price. They have cheated a bit by extending the hubs rather than building proper boost hubs but I do like these wheels and they were keenly priced. Currently fitted to the Solaris-Max (which is getting a 130mm fork next week and the 120mm will be going on the Solaris) but just a cassette swap between the two
[url=https://flic.kr/p/XxXwgS]Cotic FlareMax on 29s[/url] by Alex Leigh, on Flickr
Felt nice on the farm track run. 20PSI was a bit roll-y, 23 felt good. Certainly accelerate way quicker than the plus tyres.Posted 10 months ago
I looked at something like that, but I’ve fallen out of love with Hope hubs. Don’t know why I seem to have about 8 of them! Should fly with the Ardents on it. I’ve a coupe in the tyre store so if it dries up again I’ll give them a go.
Also had a look at the new 2.6 tyres from Schwalbe. I can see those being good for everything but total slop on the 27.5 wheels. I’m sure it never used to be this confusing!Posted 10 months ago
@Alex: I went Hope as other wheels are Hoops. Hoping swapping will be just that (and not need calipers adjusting…).
Aye, bloody tyre sizes. I remember when it was either 1.95’s or 2.1’s…. 😆
ETA: Cotic Saturday – a whirl around the woods at Boat (with ScotRoutes) on the mk1 green 29erPosted 10 months ago
Martin hutch, that has to be the soul I saw on Monday on back of car at whinlatter, as I was putting mine back on my car!
She got a lap of the blue in with me before I was sent to the garage to sort out the gears I clearly hadn’t sorted out properly before…Posted 10 months ago
Wouldn’t have thought so. I had Trace’s on my Pyga and with a 2.35 tyre on a decent sized rim, there wasn’t a heap of room if I remember right. I have the MqQueen on man Solaris Max and obviously that’s fine. Not that helpful tho!
Can you find a tyre/wheel to try?
Prefer – by miles – the chubby’s than the 29s. That’ll change when it gets soggy tho.Posted 10 months ago
And here’s my SolarisMax being ridden on our local trails https://youtu.be/qm850MibX24
I’d like to apologise in advance for:
1) dodgy music choice
2) Pointless iMovie effects
3) Random lighting (it was getting very dark and I had to tweak it in the edit)
4) the cables being in the way. Although you can see the chubby tyre!
It was only my second attempt with my new Garmin Virb. Which BTW is blooming fantastic. Even with you-tube rate butchery and low light, I reckon that looks okay for an un-stabilised image off a bar mounted cam. It is 100 FPS tho.Posted 10 months ago
Not ridden the Tarn and it looks a nice frame. I’d recommend the Solaris Max tho. I had the original Solaris and though it was a fun bike, this version is significantly more fun again. I’ve been chucking it off all sorts with a 120mm fork and 12 PSI in the tyres and it’s been absolutely fine. The grip (in the dry) is bonkers. Really involving to ride as well in a way my Trek Stache isn’t.
I lent it to a mate who had only ridden FS for years. His current bike is a Capra. He absolutely loved it – after some initial concerns abut lack of tyre pressure etc – and was flying on it. Main thing tho was he couldn’t stop laughing after every descent.
That’s why you should buy a Solaris. Hopefully cy will be along with my cheque later 😉Posted 10 months ago
I’ve run mine 27.5+ mostly. Tried it on 29s and didn’t like it as much. But I’m used to plus tyres, it was horrible weather (hence running 29s with useful mud tyres), and the wheels are cheap and a bit lardy. It just didn’t feel as nice/interesting/involving to ride.
I want to try it with the American Classic Boost wheels off my FlareMax sometime. THey’d definitely be better/lighter/more compliant but I reckon I’ll still prefer it on the plus wheels.
Definitely noticeable difference. Which one you prefer tho is going to be a personal thing…Posted 10 months ago
quick question for anyone who has run their solaris max in both 29” and 27.5 set ups.
much difference? if any.
I want some new wider wheels for mine, was going to buy 29” but I suppose having both options would be good.
er… I will advise once I finally get out on the new 29er wheels.
I’ll leave this for the moment as a teaser though…
[url=https://flic.kr/p/Xzom5t]B+9er ;-)[/url] by Metalheart-UK, on FlickrPosted 10 months ago
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