its not new but it kinda looks it… (ton look away now)
mboy, no megas for me. i need this much skill compensation for the peak! ill probably pick up a short cage mech if i decide to stick with the single ring, just testing for now really.
A single ring for XC riding in the Peaks! Respect to you mate… I wouldn't manage it for sure…Posted 8 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
Awesome! Apart from those car letters – they're the single most stupid/chavvy/awful/cheap/disgusting thing I've ever seen on this forum (and this forum contains images and discussions about CX and road bikes sometimes!).
Other than that though, its beautiful. My other slight bug bear is the dropping of the front rings… not my thing (I'd rather run double/bash) and there doesn't seem to be that much point other than a slight weight saving (which you then put back on due to the need for a chain device) and a myth that its less maintenance which I don't believe. On a SS, yes. On a 1×9, really?Posted 8 years ago
andy m, straitline stem, burgtec bar.
dbw, i feel like my lettering deserves an award for provoking such a reaction!
the front ring thing wasnt really a weight saving thing to begin with, i never use my granny ring after riding a blur 4x for so long which pedalled so bad in granny i just got out the habit. now when i use it i kind of mentally psyche myself out by doing so. i also drop my chain with annoying frequency on anything rocky despite running it as short as poss, i tried using a blackspire stinger plus a few failed bodge attempts but nothing really worked. once i had decided to go single ring i thought i may as well get a decent lightweight one. i didnt even know about the maintenance myth.
andy m, that too. rad to the power of sick!Posted 8 years ago
the paint was removed by a company called prostrip in notts. they used a caustic somethingorother specifically for aluminium alloys, cost £40, it was then polished by blumax in notts for £60 and then lacquered by thornix for a further £60. it was a bit more than i had expected but im happy with it.Posted 8 years ago
i have to admit epicsteve, that, like yourself, i would never choose a five as contender for best looking bike. i test rode half a dozen that fitted what i wanted and looks wise i was torn between a roscoe and a lapierre but just had so much fun on the 5 so went for that instead. never liked the colour but i was off ot the alps 2 weeks after i bought it and it was the only colour they had in stock, i could have waited less than a week for a red one but wanted to get some miles in on it before my hols and TBH wasnt that fussed on the red either.
it really does ride nice though.Posted 8 years ago
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