- How big are your rotors then?
I heard tell of some French riders, who…and you’re not going to believe this: come down the sides of mountains on hardtail racing bikes, with as little as 80mm travel forks, sometimes wearing only the protection that a pair of Lycra shorts afford…Sometimes, and this is the really unbelievable part, they don’t (I know, amazing) go straight to the bar, get shit-faced, and tell their mates how Rad they are for getting down a dirt track with 8 inches of suspension travel, and huge brakes to compensate for their lack of co-ordination…Posted 9 years agoI_AcheMember
Ive got 203s f+r on the sus bike and 180f 160r on the ht. Went for 203s because ive hit too many trees to risk it further and they cost no more than smaller ones. Also I really am no bothered about the less than 100g extra weight! The ht has second hand brakes so I didnt choose the size and tbh im probably not going to be taking it anywhere that i will get up to speeds that will exceed the capacity of those brakes slowing down about 17-18st of rider kit and bike.
If you can have them for no extra cost and minimal extra weight why not have them? Seems stupid not to.Posted 9 years agomboySubscriber
Yes indeed, I’ve seen a few riders on similar bikes riding in the Alps. All making it down the hill in one piece etc.
I view it a bit like singlespeeding though, making things harder than you need to just cos you want to. Not my thing if you get me.
Not seen anyone ride a proper DH track on lightweight HT yet though, certainly even a good rider would really struggle over braking bumps that are 8 inches deep, large drops, big doubles etc. It’s all doable of course, but to me the fun isn’t simply the achievement of still being alive at the bottom. It’s in being able to ride as hard/fast as you can down something and not being held back by your equipment.Posted 9 years ago
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