Just killed my Explosif – help me find a replacement steel hardtail!
Dialled had some Albert Classics 853’s for £200, might be all sold now
Cotic BFe will ride fine with 120 but will take more travel, I have 150/120 Sektors and the bike rides well in either setting. Cheaper than Soul (not sure why really), bit stronger but not heavy IMO and not “overly stiff” is my finding.Posted 4 years ago
P7’s high on the list. What year is yours?
I’d love another Explosif in the future, but I think I’ll go for something a bit butcher this time as a ‘do everything’ bike. It felt a little feeble in the Cairngorms over the weekend, and I want to do more big mountain riding.Posted 4 years agoOCBMember
My 2010(?) 853 Genesis Altitude felt pretty close to how my old Kona feels, but with some useful tweaks for more demanding trails.
Dunno where you’d get one tho’.
Mine is safely packed in the bike store pending the day I rebuild it as a fully rigid SS (which’ll probably be the day my Kona snaps – assuming I can still get 26″ sized components then 😛 ).Posted 4 years agotonydMember
OP, I have a small (16″) black Mk2 Soul that I was going to put on the classifieds in a few weeks time. Very good condition, I’ve no idea how much to ask at this point though. Mail me (in profile) if you’re interested.
Even if you don’t buy mine I’d recommend a Soul. I’m only selling mine as I’m going down to one bike soon.Posted 4 years agoTurnerGuyMember
I had a 2004 Explosif and a muni-mula before that.
I replaced it with a steel (18) Voodoo Wanga, which has a much taller headtube so is a little different but has the paragon dropouts so you can single speed it if needed.
I recently picked up a voodoo bizango (18) 853 steel frame from ebay for 80 quid. It is in need of a respray and I am going to have to fabricate some bizango decals for it, but that has to be the best option for an Explosif replacement being that it is also a Joe Murray design.
IPosted 4 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
It must be a recommend the bike I ride thread…But getting a ride on bikes is where it is at. I like the Sanderson, and did not get to ride before other than a ‘gis a go’ on one for 5 mins round Comrie jump park. As ever, wheels, forks, bars etc have a massive effect on how the bike is.Posted 4 years ago
So, some sprightly steel it is for:
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Beinn a’Ghlo munro’s by bike by matt_outandabout, on Flickr
Pace RC104, option of running gears or single speed, 26″ wheel, and I believe they have them on special offer at the minute.
Damn, you made me look at the RC104 and then the RC129…E Type vs Austin Allegro[/quote]
I’m just finishing putting my RC129 together, just waiting for the sprocket then it’s time to get it muddy, hopefully it’s better than allegro, otherwise I need a funny shape set of bars like the allegro steering wheels of old 🙂Posted 4 years agobinnersSubscriber
Lee – Having had the P7 about 18 months I really can’t recommend it highly enough. Since I bought it, my Intense hasn’t had a look in. Its just such a brilliant all-rounder. Its eclipsed my previous favourite – A SC Chameleon. And praise doesn’t come much higher than that
I run 140mm forks on it and you can chuck it down anything, its great for climbing (I’m not though), And its comfortable enough to ride all dayPosted 4 years agomafiafishMember
Honzo, Stache, stumpjumper evo HT or frame from On One/Ragley? Don’t see the point in 26″ hardtails after riding a 29er one – my jeycore one felt as composed as a bouncier 26″ so a mildly rad 29er might be a good shout; not as many handling compromises as a full suss one.Posted 4 years ago
That’s amazing isn’t it – the P7 in the 90s was an incredible frame (I always lusted after them, but never got one), and it continues to be awesome despite changes in riding styles, trail centres and fork lengths.
I’ve been swaying that way for a while so might just get myself one!Posted 4 years agomafiafishMember
I’m an average 5’8 with 30″ legs running an 18″ race 29er. I found it fine for most stuff but I do like longer bikes (I used to run a large prophet). I would recommend giving one a go if you get a chance but obviously if you’re used to a 26er and enjoy them no point taking a risk.Posted 4 years agoandiskinMember
Genesis Alpitude. Any good to ya?Posted 4 years ago
Yeah? Well I might just try one!
I was giving this thread a lot of thought on my lunchtime droveroad thrash…
I ‘downgraded’ from full-sus to a ti hardtail at the beginning of the year to bring back some of the sensation of adventure that full suspension can deaden. I did give the 29 format a lot of thought but my entire backup parts list is 26″ based, so I stuck with it. I’ve never felt like I was missing out on anything after all.
If I was buying right now however…I’d have to say I’d really look much harder at 29. I’m 5’8″ with a 31″ leg too, so I’m in the grey area between fitting 29″ nicely and riding my big brother’s bike.
A 26″ bike is not a broken or redundant format, and they always look well proportioned and often quite beautiful, but it’s hard to argue against the physics and maths of the 29″ format. Wheels and forks aren’t too expensive either, so the sooner you go in, the cheaper it’ll be.
I hate to say it but you should probably book a ride on a demo bike before pulling the trigger on a 26er.Posted 4 years agoiaincSubscriber
A 26″ bike is not a broken or redundant format, and they always look well proportioned and often quite beautiful, but it’s hard to argue against the physics and maths of the 29″ format.
Interesting point, and one that I mooted over at length a few months ago when ordering a Soul. In the end I stuck with 26, as although 5ft 10 I have short legs, and I like a shortish chuckable bike for tight trails.
I do wonder though what the balance is like for the frame only suppliers such as Cotic – do they now sell more Solaris than Soul, how has the ratio changed etcPosted 4 years ago
Yeah, 29″ isn’t as straightforward as 26″ is. Standover and headtube height could get silly for anyone under 5’10”. I’ve had a couple of bikes slightly too large for me, and though the ride was great on both, you could just tell they were too big. And that top tube sat there waiting to pounce!Posted 4 years agoiaincSubscriber
mangatank – that was my issue exactly; I rode the Soul and sat on the Solaris, both great but Solaris just a bit close to the undercarriage when not actually sitting on the saddle, which is quiet common for me on tecky natural Scottish stuff that I ride most often 🙂Posted 4 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
Steel hardtail with classic Kona-like qualities? May I reccommend a Curtis? If you hunt around you might find someone (daft enough to be) selling one of the ones CRC were knocking out at £200 last year. I’ve had a load of steel hardtails but the Curtis is head and shoulders above everything I’ve had. Ticks every steel frame superlative you can think of. The only frame I’ve had that came close was a mk1 Inbred SS weirdly enough. The ‘inbetween’ stuff (other Inbreds, Cotic Soul, Dialled Love/Hate etc) all felt very average…
If I was buying tomorrow though, for the price, a Pace would be hovering around the top of the list. Think theres a couple on eBay at the moment too. Really want an RC129 with the colour coded one-piece bar/stem and fork…Posted 4 years ago
just a bit close to the undercarriage when not actually sitting on the saddle
I’ve experienced an extreme and sudden top-tube/Gentleman’s Region interface and it is not to be taken lightly.
Similarly, the other day I managed to utterly cock-up a rocky and precipitous descent on the local mountain and ended up straddle-waddling the Ti Evo down it like some 18th Century Gent on his Hobby Horse. The first thought I had was ‘Thank you Brant, for understanding how important my goolies are to me’!Posted 4 years ago
If I was buying tomorrow though, for the price, a Pace would be hovering around the top of the list. Think theres a couple on eBay at the moment too. Really want an RC129 with the colour coded one-piece bar/stem and fork.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the bar/stem never went into production, wanted one as well, but when I asked Adrian told me they had never released it, there were 2 made, one is in there office the other is with one of his friends. Might be worth looking at the 650b they have just sent to What Mountain Bike for test, it’s supposed to be retailing at £500 when they release it later this year. Close to a 26″ but with the new wheel size.
As for sizing on a 29er I’m 6′ tall, and am riding a medium RC129er, with a thomson elite seatpost stuck out the top, it gives me the standover clearance so no broken knackers for me. It’s worth thinking about a size down on a 29er, and using more of a long post.Posted 4 years ago
Hmm you’ve got me thinking about considering a 29er now, when it hadn’t really crossed my mind!
Someone mentioned the possibility of using 26″ wheels in a 650b frame (with a P7 I think). Would I notice any geometry changes, and could it be a safe option to move away from 26″, with the option of going back to 26″ if I really didn’t get on with it?Posted 4 years ago
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