fs itch scratching, a starting point……
So i’m it’s my 40th in the summer and what better way to celebrate than spending some cash on a new toy.
I have a soul which i really love despite it bieng only a 26″ bike and it’s great on 90% of my local riding. I’ve taken it to the lakes, afan and up on exmoor and although everything is rideable on a hardtail, there are times when i feel it would be nice to begoing a little faster without getting so battered. I’m thinking a fs bike would be a nice thing to have for those times and as a counterpoint o what i already have.
I’m 5’6 and a lightweight so i dont think i want a 29 er but i am prepared to think 650b. Although getting a spend of a frame& forks only approved and temporarily garaging the soul is probably easier than dropping 3g on a complete bike in one hit.
Doesn’t seem like much comes up secondhand in the right size.
i dont want to end up over biked everywhere at home and I suppose what i really envisage is a kind of full bounce soul (but that isnt out yet is it Cy?) I think a rocket/ heckler kinda thing will be too much. It has to climb as well as descend, an “easy” 10 mile loop here has 1500ft of climbing.
I like the idea of a santa cruz (long story but i was a big roskop fan from 80’s skating) and the blur tr or the solo or the bantam look appealing.
What else would you guys think to look at?Posted 4 years agosvalgisMember
Definitely check out the Nerve.Posted 4 years ago
I was in the same boat as you and recently ordered a full suss frame. I was rolling on a Ragley Blue pig and as you say there is nothing that can’t be ridden with a hardtail, but over back to back days you tend to get a bit beaten up. I am awaiting a 2014 Transition Covert frame. I wanted a Cotic Rocket but who knows when they will ever turn up. Maybe you should have a look at the Transition bandit which is 130mm travel. Comes in 26″ wheel so you could just swap over your current stuff.
You Might want to give Anthony a call at Tamed earth bikes. He rides a piglet so similar to a soul and deals with transition bikes. Can’t recommend them enough, super super helpful on the phone.
JohnPosted 4 years ago
BOOM! There is your bike!Posted 4 years agofatsimon mk2Member
For me when the fs itch started I spent a fair bit of time test riding bikes 26ers,650b and 29ers ended up with a Trek Fuel ex 29er but iam a bit taller than you(5′ 10″) and so far it’s been everything I hoped it would be so don’t rule out 29ers but test,test and test again 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Not in a position to buy right now but the bandit looks really on the money. Sure the treks are great bikes and maybe I’m a sucker for niche but treks never really excite me.
Testing is a great idea but living in the arse end of nowhere (well north devon) there aren’t many shops with demo bikes anywhere close and most demo bikes are too big. Might have to journey somewhere with a demo day on I guess
Edit: Looks like the bandits gone 27.5!Posted 4 years ago
I feel your pain Creepers. I’m in Exeter so no demo for me either. Short of spending £100s worth of fuel to ride somewhere I don’t know in most likely crap weather. It says the same for the Covert but they still do a 26ers of both. The Covert I have on order is a 2014 26er.
I agree as well, Treks have always been a “mehh” ride in my book. Also a big thumbs up for the Transitions with regards to looks, relatively straight tubes. I hate all this bendy hydro-formed nonsense. Looks like the bike has been left out in the sun too long and melted in the middle!
JohnPosted 4 years ago
That’s good to know john. Do you know if bike shed have any demo bikes? Suppose they will only be specialised if they do!
I really like the look of the bandit, seems like it would tick a lot of boxes. Sizing might b a difficult choice though. I’m between 5’6 and 5’7 which is right on the bubble for small and medium. Currently on a small soul with wide bars and a 50 stemPosted 4 years agojairajSubscriber
Take a look at the Transition Bandit and Trek Fuel EX.
I tried them earlier on in the year and really liked them. The Fuel EX was a bit more composed and had a 50/50 balance between climbing and decending. The Bandit was a slight bit more orientated to descending but just felt so much more fun to ride and was the one that I went for.
Giant Trance also gets good reviews and fits in with your requirements.Posted 4 years ago
I didn’t really ask in there as I assumed it would be Specializeds and judging from there ridiculously biased stock they would almost certainly be 29ers. If I am around that way tomorrow I will pop in and ask though.
I haven’t ridden one but people seem to love ’em. I would say small but there is a degree of personal preference. I’m 5’10 and currently ride a 16″ Blue pig but that has a long top tube so to compensate I have ordered a Medium Covert. I think reach is the thing to size on, you can always put the saddle up.
JohnPosted 4 years ago
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