Have you ever just 'not got on' with a bike?
I really don’t like my Specialized Sirrus. The geometry is awful. BB is too low and head tube is far to high and long. It looks silly. It feels like a granny’s shopping bike, except the frame and fork are so stiff and lifeless it sucks all the fun out of riding it. It’s going as soon as I can find a nice steel road frame going cheap.
Oddly the Sirrus gets rave reviews. Especially in magazines sponsored by Specialized. Hmmmm!Posted 4 years agoroverpigSubscriber
I’ve never fully got on with any mountain bike if I’m honest. Road bikes are different. I know what numbers work for me. So, as long as I like the colour and brand image I’m done. But a mountain bike just has to cope with so many different situations that it can never be ideal everywhere and it’s always a case of “it’s great there but maybe something else would be better there”.Posted 4 years agoneninjaMember
09 Mongoose Teocali Comp – just felt plain weird. Didn’t like the geometry it felt like the bike had a super steep head angle even though it didn’t and didn’t like the weird moving bottom bracket thing.
2011 Genesis Core – just found it too harsh. Stiff yes but it battered me whenever I rode it. Much prefer my 2000 Kona Muni Mula aluminium bike to the Core so the Core went.Posted 4 years agolondonerinozMember
I must not be fussy, I still love my old 100mm travel Stumpy FSR ’04 with 585/120 bar and stem as well as my recent Trance 29er with 730/100 bar and stem. I loved all the Marin steel and Spesh M2 and M4 hardtails I had before too, the Marin Rift Zone with coil spring, the Cannondale road bikes x3, and the Kinesis Crosslight was ace.
I’ve only just thought of one I didn’t like and that was something my dad bought me when I was a kid, some poor imitation of a Raleigh Chopper with both wheels the same size.Posted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
I had a go on a Cotic Hemlock out in the Pyrenees a few years ago. I’d ridden a Soul in the UK and loved it – truly brilliant bike.
But I just couldn’t get on with the Hemlock which was a real shame, I’d been looking forward to it. I love 4-bar suspension but it just felt like I was “on” the bike rather than working with it. Really hard to describe. It wasn’t BAD, it just didn’t feel “right”.Posted 4 years agoboriselbrusSubscriber
Gary Fisher 29er. Bought into the 29er hype and spent a fortune trying to make it right – superlight wheels etc etc. Problem was, whatever I did to it the wheels were still too big.
Dialled Bikes Prince Albert. Very heavy frame and really low front end even with 150mm forks on it. Replaced with a Soul which I love.Posted 4 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
Interestingly I feel this way about my Bandit which I’ve not quite got totally to grips with yet. It’s turned out better at some things than I expected (e.g. climbing) but I’ve started thinking the bike might be to blame for (too many) recent crashes EDIT – since I obviously can’t blame myself
I test rode a demo Bandit in the Peak and it didn’t do a lot for me. I put it down to the bike being a lot better than I am.
But I just couldn’t get on with the Hemlock which was a real shame, I’d been looking forward to it. I love 4-bar suspension but it just felt like I was “on” the bike rather than working with it. Really hard to describe. It wasn’t BAD, it just didn’t feel “right”.
I had a go on one of those once, for a few days, it didn’t do a lot for me. I put it down to the bike being more capable than me.
But both of them were at least a million times better than a Klein Palomino which was just not a lovely bike.
But it’s all so personal. Loads of folk love Bandits and Hemlocks. I wonder if maybe my expectations were simply too high.
As for ‘right’ – Ragley Ti. Just a mad combination of slackness, lightness, climbing ability and a weird penchant for the improbable.Posted 4 years agojimwMember
20 ” Ragley Ti. Perhaps I was expecting too much but I just found the rear end harsh and unforgiving. I tried a variety of wheels, tyres and pressure combinations, could not get it to suit. I was hoping for a longer travel version of my Litespeed Kitsuma, but there was no comparison. Kept the Kitsuma and sold the Ragley.
I have ridden an 18″ Ragley Ti and whilst being the wrong size, felt more forgiving- perhaps a case of quite subtle geometry changes affecting the frame in a big way? The seat stays on the 20″ are more vertical?
Put all the bits onto a second hand £80 On One 456 frame.Posted 4 years ago
Just goes to show we are all different!SpeederSubscriber
SC Heckler – I’m 5’7″ and still a medium was too short in the top tube with a stem and bar width suitable for a 5-6″ trail bike (50mm). Add to that the High BB the high top tube and dirty great hole in the middle of the suspension action (RP23) and I got rid with relatively little riding on it.Posted 4 years ago
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