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  • Good looking full suss bikes?
  • chestrockwell
    Full Member

    As a fan of a certain brand that may be in a bit of bother it seems that plenty of people think their full suspension offerings are ugly. I’ve always like them but may be blinded by loyalty and familiarity, who knows?

    Any way, it got me thinking about current FS bikes and IMO the vast majority range from just about palatable to absolutely horrific! Having a quick sense check, pretty much all the Santa Cruz range have a cheap looking head tube area and look like they’re melting, the Yeti’s aren’t too bad but some have questionable BB/seat tube sections, Trek have some ‘interesting’ seat tube/top tube junctions and Nukeproof are reasonable but certainly not pretty. Cotic aren’t bad but it’s be a stretch to call them attractive.

    So which bikes do the STW brains trust think are good looking, especially if you have strong opinions against others?

    fathomer
    Full Member

    Obviously this is a post a pic of your bike thread, cause most people like the look of their bike? So here you go:

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    Houns
    Full Member

    That’s gopping

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    Orange are still ugly though 😉

    fathomer
    Full Member

    Honus

    That’s gopping

    Well you’re welcome to your opinion.

    mashr
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    ton
    Full Member

    i think the Scott Spark FS bike design is possibly the nicest looking FS design  ever.

    https://www.scott-sports.com/gb/en/product/scott-spark-rc-comp-blue-bike?article=290108006

    riklegge
    Full Member

    That’s gopping

    For the sake of balance, I think it looks ace. 

    scotroutes
    Full Member

    I like the older Specialized Epic design, with the shock partially hidden in the top tube. My Occam is similar. The Trek Supercaliber takes it to the extreme.

    There’s also this..

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    tomhoward
    Full Member

    That DH bike I was musing about in the What bike in 2024, thread?

    This. (mine will be a different spec and colour though)

    Or this

    Or this

    phil5556
    Full Member

    I think Bird make good looking bikes (apart from the carbon Aether). Not the most flattering photo of mine.

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    I’m not such a fan of the look of my Orbea

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    Cotic, Raaw, Privateer, Deviate always look good.

    It’s all subjective though isn’t it, I think some of the Orange bikes I see look awful.

    dissonance
    Full Member

    i think the Scott Spark FS bike design is possibly the nicest looking FS design ever.

    It looks like a wax mould which got left in the sun a bit too long.
    I think it is hard for full sus bikes to look particularly good. The suspension and, on many designs, the rear triangle being offset are going to make it look worse than a hardtail with a line going all the way from headtube to cassette.

    alanl
    Free Member

     think the Scott Spark FS bike design is possibly the nicest looking FS design  ever.

    I was going to say the same.

    Scott Spark 970

    phil5556
    Full Member

    That Spark doesn’t do a thing for me 🤷

    That spark looks like an ugly hardtail.

    If I’m going to have an ugly FS, I at least want it to look like a FS

    schmiken
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    hot_fiat
    Full Member

    I always had a thing for one of these. I’m sure it would have been awful, but they looked so good. Especially in the flame paint job.

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    If we delve into the realms of DH bikes, this….

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    The Void isn’t bad either when you look at the continuation of the top tube into the seat stays

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    chestrockwell
    Full Member

    The only one above, in my opinion, that is anything better than ‘just about palatable’ is the Stanton, which is a bonny bike. The Scott is clearly colour dependant.

    Sorry Fathomer, it’s close but the bend on the swing arm has always spoiled those. Mashr’s also isn’t terrible but reminds me of any number of bikes around 2010.

    sharkattack
    Full Member

    Starlings are even worse than Orange. It’s basically exactly the same bike but in the wrong material.

    I like that Airdrop MX up there. Probably why it’s on my shortlist.

    Scor make some handsome bikes.

    chestrockwell
    Full Member

    I replied before some of the replies as that Pivot isn’t at all bad, neither is the Void. Scor is nearly there but the seat tube angle spoils it.

    Just for clarification, my OP was about currently available bikes, not old ones.

    scotroutes
    Full Member

    Occam

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    Supercaliber

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    Occam

    Anything with a bent top tube automatically qualifies as ugly, sorry

    Supercaliber

    Also gopping

    andeh
    Full Member

    General rule:

    a seat stay that is parallel to, and ideally appears as a continuation of, the top tube – good

    Overly curvy/hydroformed tubes – nah

    Edit: that Occam has both. The top tube line is not enough to overcome the bendy, and hence: it’s a munter.

    AD
    Full Member

    IMG_0099Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – I really like the look of my Canyon.

    Having said that I also loved the look of the raw Turner Flux it replaced…

    Houns
    Full Member

    “fothamer

    Well you’re welcome to your opinion.”

    And you’re welcome to an eye test, along with many others on this thread 😂 🤮

    pisco
    Full Member

    The Egerie 160 is a beaut. I also love the Starling MurmurScreenshot_20240114_185539_Chrome

    Saccades
    Free Member

    Most look shit tbf, do you want sexy looking or something that works?

    Stage Evos did look good and I was partial to a late stage LRS frame tbf.

    Also Prong? Looked pretty good, but of their time.

    breninbeener
    Full Member

    Reeb do a lovely fs bike…

    north of the border
    Full Member

    IMG_3877I really wanted a spur a couple of years ago but couldn’t get hold of one. The continuous top tube / seat stay line  does it for me.

    HobNob
    Free Member

    The only bike in this thread that looks nice is the Spur.

    The rest are mostly minging.

    Reeb do a lovely fs bike

    They are close, just a few squiffy bits. Far better than most other steel rotters though.

    scotroutes
    Full Member

    That Transition is nice – helped by the black shock/dark background too. 

    halifaxpete
    Full Member

    Against the grain I still love the look of a single pivot Orange, always loved the Cotic FS’s too. Another shout for Privateer as well just cos I’ve got one.

    daverhp
    Full Member

    Swoopy and lovely. I replaced this with an Orange. I don’t have the Orange any more, but I do have the 575.

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    devash
    Free Member

    +1 for the Deep Sea Green Transition Spur. I will never sell mine. Looks great, rides amazingly. There’s just something about that continuous line from the head tube to the rear axle plus the angular design of the frame that goes with that particular colour.

    Curtis XR29 is a bit of a looker as well….

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    cerrado-tu-ruido
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    Oiz

    appltn
    Full Member

    Transition get it right IMO, especially their carbon frames. Here’s mine.

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