- How times have changed… "Singlespeeders and 29ers are wrong, esp 29er SS's"
My bikes after may itterations and evolutions are…….
Singular Swift – singlespeed 29er
Specialized Pitch – 32lb AM bike, not quite 35lb but with some cost cutting and older bits (inner tubes, older groupset) probably would have been.
Is part of the problem that the magazines (ST and Dirt excepted) are based in either Surrey or Bristol, therefore all their ideas are based on riding arround muddy hills than rocky mountains.Posted 5 years agomunrobikerMember
I have been pretty disappointed by mbr’s change of heart on this. it was pretty sudden and fairly clearly driven by what the marketing men told them and not what was happening on the trails (certainly up north and in Scotland they are still very much a rarity). While I accept that if you want to ride them you can it feels like the magazines are really forcing this down our throats when really it isn’t very interesting.Posted 5 years agoMr AgreeableSubscriber
I happened to pick up a recent edition of Dirt Rag where they were running a competition to win a V-brake groupset. They were very excited about this, to the point of putting it on the cover.
If you want magazines that cater to a less mainstream demographic, they’re out there.Posted 5 years ago
Is part of the problem that the magazines tend to be lazy and ride what the advertisers send them, their mates in the business want them to or occassionally something interesting therefore all their ideas are based on minimalriding arround
muddy hills than rocky mountainsthe office or “featured” trail centre or area.
tbh most magazines are a variation on a theme with just the emphasis tuned to their demographic.
If you can point me to more than one or two articles per mag per month that would would be counted as genuine journalism (not advertorial, not riding with my mates, not a kit review, not a random blog, not a trail centre/ area ride) then I’d be surprisedPosted 5 years agoNeil_BoltonMember
Came across this in an old MBR that I found the other day.
I might add that this is NOT my opinion (although I do still think that 29ers look a bit daft, but I do grant they’e fugging quick).
Oh dear oh dear MBR…
I’ve just made a cup of tea, biscuits anyone?Posted 5 years ago
I have been pretty disappointed by mbr’s change of heart on this. it was pretty sudden and fairly clearly driven by what the marketing men told them and not what was happening on the trails (certainly up north and in Scotland they are still very much a rarity). While I accept that if you want to ride them you can it feels like the magazines are really forcing this down our throats when really it isn’t very interesting.
Depends on your local group as far as I can see. I was the only SS or 29er (both att he same time) in my local group ‘oop north, one guy even suggested it would make a good shopping bike!
There was one other guy localy with a 130mm 29er FS bike and all of a sudden everyone was inquisattive about them and asking what the differences were. The fact iw as riding a rigid bike through the same trails they were riding 5-6″ travel bikes without getting dropped (addmittedly it struggled in sections and I wasnt setting any KOM times) should probably have been a clue they were better 😛 Of the 2 groups I’d bump into regulalry one was vaguely affiliated with the LBS (Spesh and SC dealer) all rode stumpjumpers/enduros and blurs/nomads. The other was almost entirely made up of IBIS MOJO’s
Down south the 26ers are in the minority! Basicaly I’m saying people will ride whatever their mates ride as it’s seen to work.Posted 5 years agoTiRedMember
29er SS doesnt make that much sense if you are trail centre riding
Can you elaborate? My only “proper” MTB is a rigid SS 29er and am looking for a second biketo add to my riding, so I am genuinely interested. In the past six months I’ve raced at Swinley, been up and down Cwmcarn, Afan, Haldon and Cannock. I ride the occasional black run, but would,’t say I was great. Wheels tend to stay near the ground.
So should I go FS or hardtail for the next bike (it will have gears).Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Singlespeeds are still rubbish though- and long may it stay that way, it’s the rubbishness that makes them interesting, like rigid mtbs and crossers.
29ers… well, is it not fair to say that 29ers are better now than they were 5 years ago, and that a lot of the downsides have been reduced?Posted 5 years ago
29ers… well, is it not fair to say that 29ers are better now than they were 5 years ago, and that a lot of the downsides have been reduced?
Not really, suspension fork manufacturers have caught up with the rigid forks and their different rake but plenty of frames havent changed (although there are newer long travel 29ers which didnt exist years ago). My Swift’s just as good as when it rolled off some production line a few years ago, ditto all the inbreds/scandals/race29ers/lurchers/etc.Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
That issue is from May 07, the first Swifts went out in Jan 07, and Sam says the reason he made them was “I liked the big wheels, but there were many aspects of the design I was less than enamoured with” So that fits the timeline quite nicely
When did the On Ones launch?Posted 5 years agoigrfMember
Well they were wrong about that Whyte PRST1, it was an incredible bike at the time, selling it and buying the 46 was a real disappointment.
As to single speeds I wonder what they’ll have to say about the next fad/phase depending on perception, next thing on the hill is the rise of the ‘clunker’ I wonder what they’ll say about the new single speed coaster brake approach to bike parks, I’m not even supposed to be mentioning it until after the weekend, but there’s an interesting diversion about to launch from Tranny based on clunkers..Posted 5 years agojamesoSubscriber
In MBR’s defence, I know one of their main testers has had an about-turn on 29ers since decent geo (in their opinion / tastes, ie less XC more DH style handling bias) FS 29ers arrived. Similar to the guys at Dirt.
Talk to Alan M about bikes if you’re suprised by MBR’s about turn, he’s no fool and a handy rider who won’t rate anything because of brand pressure. He really rates some of the current 29ers and to me that says they’ve progressed a lot in the last 2 years or so. They do have a FS trail bike bias, but if we detach ourselves from a love of skinny steel, singlespeeds etc and look at what goes down a middling to tech trail fastest under a good rider, I can understand where they’re coming from.Posted 5 years ago
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