- Lightweight 120mm trail hardtail frame?
I want a slackish lightweight ht frame with lots of standover capable of taking 120mm/rigid forks for bombing around the Howgills and trail centres – I have a 36 Talas’d Chumba HX1 for bigger stuff. Would probably prefer alu or carbon for weight.
I’ve been seriously considering an Enigma custom build but I’m impatient and starting to think I might be spending a lot of cash purely for the sake of those really nice welds!
Any suggestions? (No On-Ones or Ragleys please!)Posted 8 years ago
Kinesis has adjustable drop-outs which scare me (I break stuff, lot’s of stuff) but is otherwise quite nice. The Soda would be spot on but pricey the Soul would be ok but I think I’d be tempted to build it too big.
Anything over £600 and I’d probably go for the Enigma so looking at about £500ish…
On-Ones are out because of the gatelike appearance of the 20in frames, Ragley are out as they have consistently ignored any emails I’ve ever sent them.Posted 8 years agooxnopMember
I wouldnt discount the Soul.
I’ve had an Alpitude, Chameleon, P7 (really liked the P7) and the Soul as my HT’s over last couple of years.
The Soul has to be my fave.
Mines built pretty heavy duty with coil pikes, wide bars, Atlas stem, Stans Flow (rear) on a DT swiss 440 freeride hub and pro2/crest front & it weighs 27lbs.
My P7 with full XTR/Floats/Stans 355 on Pro3’s weighed the same but for much more expense.
When I bought the soul I completely stopped riding my LTc as they were too alike (soul was faster) so it has enabled me to sell the LTc and buy a Alpine 160 for bigger days, so i now have 2 very different bikes.
I was also surprised as to how slack the souls is when the forks are wound out to 140, I mainly ride at 130 but with 30% sag and it feels spot on. Im equally surprised to how comfy it is with a carbon post.Posted 8 years agomountainman123Member
Ibis Tranny, super lightweight frame and will take a nice light 120mm fork. Thats going to be my next build.Posted 8 years ago
I got shut of my Ragley bluepig last year, best thing i ever did!! Bought a 456C really light but burly 160mm build.Rdes really really well, even uphill.
Brant – YHM
Cheers for suggestions:
The XL lynsky prob won’t have enough standover – I’m 6’2 but have relatively short legs so prefer a dropped top-tube.
The Tranny is very nice- tempted.
I’ve had a Handjob so not keen on another (fnarr fnarr etc).
Still onsidering a Soul.
Forgotten about Kinesis but I’ve always quite liked them.
The Chameleon is essentially a HX1 so I’d rather have a 2nd one of those.
Not a massive Whyte fan but the 19 does look good.
The Moda is nice but doesn’t grab me.
Genesis Latitude – I know nobody mentioned it but I like them!
Looks like it’s time to fire up excel and get my geek on…Posted 8 years ago
It appears I might have been a bit hasty with the Ragley slating tbh – looks like a couple of my emails didn’t even reach them so apologies for that.
The Blue Pig is too big a frame for what I’m after – I’ve got a bike for big rocky riding, I’m now just after a lighter, faster alternative for more xc stuff.Posted 8 years ago
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