Help me choose…
After ss/geared 29er frame to compliment my ss jabberwocky
Will probably build as 1×9 but want options to ‘swing’ (so to speak! :D)either way. Will run with sus forks for longer rides.
Want something close to the jabberwocky geometry.
1. Dave Yates 853 sliding dropouts £950
2. Van Nicholas custom Zion 29er (with larger ebb shell to go with the new Niner ebb) £1049
3. Burls custom ti, sliding dropouts £1100
4. On-on ti 29er £1184.26 (!)
5. Niner SIR 9 £799
Any thoughts? Or just stick forks and gears on the jabberwocky and save £££!Posted 13 years ago
someone must have a view? its doing my head in!Posted 13 years ago
If it where me I would get a Dave YatesPosted 13 years ago
I know – the only prob with the DY is the wait – 14 weeks a the moment.Posted 13 years ago
clink – you’ve been chewing over this one for months waiting 14wks for Yates isnt going to make much difference now! 🙂
whatabout a Voodoo Zaka..Posted 13 years ago
looked at Zaka before and spoken to Tim – don’t think he can get stock though. How you getting on with your ti 29er?Posted 13 years ago
not been on it since I got back from france – struck down by snot.
Building some SS wheels for it tomorrow though and going to run it rigid for a while to get a better feel for the frame as I still dont think the USE Subs are doing the frame justice. It was still a great thing to be riding around the Pyrenees though.Posted 13 years ago
I’m building me steel on-one up at the weekend which might help my decision process.Posted 13 years ago
I’d go for the Van Nicholas if it were me. The bike you saw in our lounge was my Airborne (now Van Nicholas) and it’s beautiful, I love everything about it!
Not the most informed opinion admittedly, but they are lovely frames (shame it has an ebb though!)
Given the ebb, I’d be tempted by the Burls. Definitely wouldn’t go the On-one – heard some less than inspiring things about them. Nothing bad, I’d just want something more if I were parting with that much cash – I’d want something I’d LOVE!
(Btw, I guessing you don’t want the cranks so shall I just pop the Seatpost and stem in the post for you?)Posted 13 years ago
Just to balance the opinion I hated my Airborne Lancaster I much prefer a nice steel frame.Posted 13 years ago
Interesting! Mine’s a Black Widow frame so pretty different – soma_rich’s opinion is therefore probably A LOT more valid than mine! (It is pretty though, isn’t it?!)Posted 13 years ago
MountainMonkey – yes to stem/post please – I sent you a mail last night.
Whats the ‘less than inspiring thinks’ about the O-O then?Posted 13 years ago
Whats the ‘less than inspiring thinks’ about the O-O then
yes, do tell 🙂Posted 13 years ago
Just to say communication from Van NIcholas, and also Terry at Leisure Lakes (VN stockists), about a custom frame has been brilliant. It is certainly worth talking to them if you are fater a custom ti frame.
The new Niner EBB is different and would appear to be an improvemnet.Posted 13 years ago
Well, it’s a personal thing, but for me they’re nothing that special… a lot of people have them and their design doesn’t do much for me. Personally, I’m not a big of On-one geometry either (but that is very personal). I guess for that much money I’d want something a bit unusual – again personally I’d also want something with a more springy flexy ride. I guess I find them, a bit well, ordinary…
Controversial stuff I know! Before you jump down my throat though – it really is only a personal opinion! And people like different bikes! (Plus, I do have a beautiful flexy ti bike, which fits me perfectly to compare all other bike with!)
For me a custom build from VN or similar would be a lot more special…
Btw, thanks for all the wheel advice Stoner! Oh and Clink, I’ll pop the stem and the seatpost in the post tomorrow. (Have you paid me for the seatpost yet?)Posted 13 years ago
Dont vassago still make the Optimus Ti? that would be nice, cant remember if it is ss specific tho.Posted 13 years ago
BTW are you comments specifically about the on-one Ti29er or the steel/aluminium models?Posted 13 years ago
On-one ti – but not 29er as I have no personal experience of it. Assuming the frame are similar (which might be a wrong assumption!) I think the comments I’ve heard would still apply. “hard to keep the front down climbing”, “not any more flexy at the rear than 853”, “odd head angle” etc, etc. To be fair though, they are very personal things – and your forks can effect the head angle and climbing things a lot – and I think those I’ve spoken to have been running longer travel suss forks, which I guess you wouldn’t do on a purist 29er. Plus the whole flex thing is very personal too – if it’s stiffer I guess the power transfer is better so courses for horses I guess… is that fair?!
…The more I go on, the less qualified I feel to have an opinion! It’s all hearsay really?! Who knows til you try one?! 😀Posted 13 years ago
Swiftacular – the optimus ti looks fab and I was on the list for one, but they can’t seem to decide if they are doing a new batch and the price has gone to $1995 (£1383) plus shipping, duty, VAT.Posted 13 years ago
Not sure its what your after but Chumba racing do a nice new 29er called the HX2 i think.Posted 13 years ago
uurgh – aluminium 🙁
Thanks for the suggestion though!Posted 13 years ago
Having had the Soda and currently Ti456, I would agree very personal, TI456 much stiffer. Don’t know about the climbing thing, I have 150 DT swiss on, which are the same axle to crown as a typical 140 and it climbs great, to the degree I don’t bother dropping the forks to 110. I think climbing has alot to do with technique! It’s certainly not wandery.
I am going to go wih the Sir 9 I think….Posted 13 years ago
I am going to go wih the Sir 9 I think….
My thinking too – have enquired about ordering a SIR 9, but have not heard anything back. My mind how started wandering again (!!!!) and its currently sitting back with the O-O ti 29er. Have also thought about the Lynskey Pro 29 on CRC which ticks all the boxes (ss/gear) but mucho ££££££££.Posted 13 years ago
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