If YOU were gonna buy a dh/fr type bike?
Not really got a clue (also, dh and fr are quite different)
If I wanted a DH bike I’d probably buy a Zerode cos they look badass
As for a freeride/long travel frame, I quite like the look of those Scott Voltages, or some sort of Canyon (GVF) or something by Transition or MythicPosted 6 years agotransporter13Subscriber
when i had these thoughts i bought a scott voltage
didnt regret it 😀
but for you ton i wouldnt bother as you’d be too tall for one
if I was looking for you then it would be a large foes or corsair maelstrom/marque due to the low leverage ratios and larger frame availability
in fact, I nearly bought a maelstromPosted 6 years agotransporter13Subscriber
I bought a voltage bud…then struggled to find the time to ride it in the right places so i sold it and bought a 456 summer season which ive now sold and bought myself a roadbike and turbo trainer instead as i want to drop the weight
25 stone at the moment
like i said, for you id seriously consider Foes or Corsair both are very good..the mainstream bikes will all have you needing a stupidly high poundage rear spring or high pressure in the shocks to feel okPosted 6 years agotoys19Member
I have a tr450 which is a dh bike and a covert which is a freerideish bike. I would buy either, but if I wanted soemthing to pedal uphill aswell to get to my dh/fr trails then the covert wins hands down.
BUT knowing what I know now (both my trannies are awesome) I would actually probably buy a giant glory as a dh bike, only cos pauls cycles have then fopr about 2.4 k and my 450 cost more like double that.. Or some other giant as an fr bike as the covert aint cheap either.. I just bought them out of lust not practicality..Posted 6 years agowreckerMember
YT industries TuesPosted 6 years ago
” Currently lightening it up for more AM type use”
Whats your plan for a front mech out of interest? (Or are you splashing out on a hammerschmidt?). My brother has a voltage FR, he reckoned he worked out a plan for a front mech (slightly unconventionally), but has yet to try it out as he’s happy enough with the 34T/11-32T combo of the basic model for what he’ll use it for
“you’d be too tall for one”
True, they’re not big. My brother has a large (or is it long?)which came with a 400mm post. When I’ve ridden it (6’2) its been quite a bit too low for a ‘proper’ pedalling height
For me though. I reckon I’d not want to spend a loads and loads atm, I’ve very little experience riding proper DH or FR stuff (or bikes) and it wouldn’t be my main bike either
Probably a Rose Beef Cake FR I reckon for the vague uphill aspirations (front mech), maybe a single chainring bike, maybe something by someone else similar to rose
“mainstream bikes will all have you needing a stupidly high poundage rear spring or high pressure in the shocks to feel ok “Posted 6 years ago
Yep, my ~11st brother who’d barely (10 mins on an SX a few years before?) ridden anything bigger than his 130/120 XC full suss, ended up going 1 fork spring harder and 2 rear springs harder than stock after about 2/3 rides on hbis voltage FRBushwackedSubscriber
I’m running 11-34 in the back and find it climbs ok but a granny would be nice in places. Thought about a front mech or a Schmidt but thinking 1×10 may be the way forward.
Lightening it up with new suspension, lighter wheel set and crankset. Should be around 30lbsPosted 6 years agojamesMember
He reckoned he could buy a Blackspire Stinger with a top mount for a direct mount/E-type front mech. Like this:http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=40530
Dont’ know if that opens up your options? Suppose it depends how badly you want a single ring/guide setup?Posted 6 years agosam2391Member
I just sold my voltage it was amazing compared to other DH/FR bikes Ive owned or ridden because it had a short wheelbase, and the handling was sorted for a nice light feeling playful bike. Unlike some more full on DH bikes which ride like oil tankers until your up to speed on the steep stuff.Posted 6 years ago
Unlike some more full on DH bikes which ride like oil tankers until your up to speed on the steep stuff.
yeah pretty much all DH bikes ride that way these days, sometimes it would be nice just to be able to chill out but they really do need ragged to get the most out of themPosted 6 years agovondallySubscriber
one of them old Marin Quakes….cheap and rather good.
Titus el gaupo…light fr/am….great uk bike.
Titus Supermoto….cheap and veryverygood a greatall round frame
Knolly Delirium or Chilctoin………..rare and very nice
Ventana El Terromoto……..justwanted one and good reviews
Specialized SX………..as above
Turner 6 Pack/RFX …………..more than capable going down not the greatest climber
All the above can get to the top of the hill pedalling important to me.Posted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Voltage is really nice- great value too. Not really a fan of the dualcrown domains that come on some models, but then again, the resale value of a brand new set is much the same as the used value of a set of Boxxer teams.
YT look like fantastic value, never actually met one though.
Not that you should neccesarily follow my advice- I bought an SX Trail that was worse than my everyday trail bike, an old Ellsworth Dare that I took an instant personal dislike to, and then impulse-purchased a Last Herb which it turns out, is really nice.
Oh, on that subject… I wouldn’t suggest an SX. Maybe when they first came out, but things have moved on and these days you’d be just as good on any competent 6 inch trailbike. IMO of course but mine descended worse than my Hemlock.
Though, if you’d like to buy an SX Trail or an Ellsworth Dare frame, do let me know 😉Posted 6 years ago
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