- ideas for 160mm ish travel AM/FR bike or frame for the Alps
Next christmas, buy your mates bike maintenance courses, that’s absurd.
That’s the point – there are many folk out there who either can’t be arsed or don’t think they should have to maintain their bikes. I’ve only ever been to 3 UK trail centres & was struck by how many poorly maintained but expensive bikes were on the trails.
As an aside, on my 1st visit to Dalby I stopped to help a few blokes out who’d had basic mechanicals that they couldn’t fix (one was a chain wedged between granny ring and frame – seriously). I don’t do this now.
Single pivots just remove one more thing that could go wrong.Posted 6 years agochakapingSubscriber
+1 Mondraker Dune.
Yes I do have one but I’ve had enough other bikes to be honest about it, and IMO it’s a stunning and hugely underrated AM bike.
My LBS owner is now on his third in a row and another bike shop owner I had a chat with last week was comparing it favourably to the carbon Nomad.
Mine is as happy hacking round Epping in the mud as riding DH tracks or battering down big mountains in the Lakes.Posted 6 years agoreggiegasketMember
good ideas, thanks
That Mondraker Dune for £1650 looks like a steal – whole bike for the price of a Nomad/Alpine frame.
Just been looking at the geometries, which is interesting. Many are 66 deg head angles (NP Mega, Spicy, Alpine) which is perhaps a tad slacker than I want really – I’ve had a quick spin on a Spicy (66) and that felt too slack for me really. Good on the steep DH stuff sure but too slow steering for technical trails (for me). The Nomad and Covert at 67 would perhaps suit me more.
Also the Nukeproof Mega has a 75 seat angle which is a possible issue. I currently run a 72 deg seat angle (with a layback post) so god knows what a Mega would need in terms of layback.
I think a few test rides are in order, as it’s going to be tricky to guess the fit just based on geo numbers (at least harder than it is to guess how a hardtail would fit).Posted 6 years agojhwMember
This is a good one…
I find in the Alps it’s like a Ferrari…the perfect Alps bike.Posted 6 years agoagentdagnamitMember
I’m in the same position myself. I ride a SC BLT2 normally, and spent 4 weeks last year in the Alps on it (and have also used it in Spain).
It’s pretty much up to the job 90%, but I could do with a slightly slacker head angle and 160mm fork. Obviously the BLT2 can take Lyriks or 36s which might be an option. A bolt through rear and wider bars would probably help too, but then I’m starting to turn an expensive trail bike into something it probably doesnt really want to be.
Or, if I want a 2nd bike and to keep the SC for the UK (it’s a fantastic UK bike), until today I was looking at a Cube Fritzz for £2k, seemed to fit the bill completely. But now I’ve read some bad reviews and negative comments, I’m not so sure.
Other ideas were a Spicy (not sure why someone would consider the Zesty as an “Alpine” bike) or Alpine. Both cost at least £800 more. Before that I was considering 2nd hand SX Trail possibly.Posted 6 years agotricky dickySubscriber
Just saw this for c. £1400 in a large size.Posted 6 years ago
If you’re feeling flush it would be a carbon Nomad for me every time. Otherwise probably go for an Enduro or Spicy.
I could also be quite tempted by a Transition Covert but only from what I’ve read. I’ve never slung a leg over one.
Actually I’d add on that a Cove G-Spot but only because it would sit perfectly along side my Stiffee and therefore pander to my OCD.Posted 6 years ago
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