- Longshot SolarisMAX – when?
Too early to say for me just yet. 29 feels more precise and I think it rolls a little better too, but that could just be tyre choice and lighter wheels. Need to see how it performs in The Lakes on rock as that’s where I quite like the fatter tyres so far.
EDIT: Will probably try larger rear 29 tyre with less pressure too to get a little extra comfort that the fat tyres can provide.Posted 5 months ago
ordering mine in the next few weeks, what are folks thoughts on fork travel?
im going with the xfusion mcqueen HLR, speaking with Cy he reckons 120mm with a 38mm riser bar for us tall folk on an XL. Was going to go with that or 130mm and a 30mm riser.
also anyone got any pics of the cosmic black with orange hope bits? – im looking to use my 29er wheels to swap in with which have orange hope rotors so trying to colour match obviously.Posted 5 months ago
Thanks. This is my first 29er and love how the wheels roll when they get going. Being in the south east we don’t have rocks, just mud and roots!
I’m on a L in dark metal with orange Hope bits running a 140mm McQueen and a flat bar. The forks came set at 140mm so thought I’d try them as they are first. Still deciding on how many spacers but normally like a small saddle to bar drop. Might try a small rise bar and lowering the travel once I’ve had a few rides to settle in.Posted 5 months ago
@keithyr- I ran mine first with 130 and now 140 x-fusion’s. Absolutely brilliant with the longer fork. Mine is a M if that makes a difference.
My Mk1 had some orange parts (fork decals, seat clamp, pedals) against the black/orange paint. It looked great.
Still not sure I’ll go 29. Maybe one day. The MM is such a brilliant tyre, not sure what I’d gain. Might roll a bit better but I don’t really care. Do quite a lot of 60km+ rides (including road) on chubby tyres, so not really bothered about efficiency.Posted 5 months ago
Hi Kryton – Cy and I have had MANY conversations re: sizing. He always wants to put me on a large and I’ve demo’d both sizes repeatedly (original 26 rocket, original solaris, FlareMax etc). Because I have short legs and I like smaller bikes, I’ve generally gone Medium.
‘My’ MK1 Max was a bit small but I bought it for my daughter who (was) 5ft9 and it was perfect for her. She’s grown a bit more and prefers ‘mine’ now.
I’ve not ridden a L MK2. It probably is the ‘right’ size for me, but I don’t feel cramped on the M, I’m running a 170mm post and a 50mm stem. I absolutely love the bike as I keep saying and had many all day rides on it, including taking it to Wales and the Quantocks.
When I get back on my RipMo (L but very short seat tube), it feels enormous for a few mins. Shame you’re not a bit closer as you’d be welcome to borrow it. If you find yourself up near the FoD, let me know. I’m unlikely to come and ride round the SE tho!Posted 5 months agoKryton57Subscriber
Thanks Alex – and thanks for the offer! I’m probably not looking until late summer as I need to discover falling in love with MTBing again before I invest, but am often travelling so may give you a shout.
The more I look at it though the more a 140mm Solaris feels “right” for everyday, likely leaving me with my Spark for racing.Posted 5 months ago
I bought a 2nd hand Bird Aeris 120 for winter as I didn’t want to ride the RipMo in the slop. I’ve hardly ridden it. Not because it’s a bad bike, but because I can never find a reason not to ride the Solaris.
I’m sure if I lived somewhere really full on and rocky, I’d need something more of a skills compensator, but for FoD/Malverns/Black Mountains etc, its been brilliant. I might not be going as fast as on the full suss, but I an having at least as much fun.Posted 5 months agotimcMember
I have an XL Soda Max currently running 120mm Yari & Nukeproof Horizon Bars with 38mm Rise, x1 10mm spacer under the 35mm Cotic Stem, Travel has been plenty, but I’m about to change to 140mm to get that little extra height at front end., Can report back in a couple of weeks!Posted 5 months ago
So after 8 months and 1200km, I tried mine on 29s.
These were borrowed off my RipMo. American Classic 32mm internal, MM 2.35 front, HD 2.35 rear. Rimpact in both. And… I didn’t like it. Well not as much.
I was – in no particular order – still full of cold and cough and that’s definitely making me grumpy even riding. I was also still very aware of the crash I had two weeks ago and that’s slowing me down. Expected conditions to be horrible, but actually pretty good in the FoD.
I’m trying to work out what I don’t like – as opposed to just not having a great day riding. It definitely rolls faster, accelerates faster and carries speed on flow-y trails. But it feels really harsh after chubbies, just getting bounced about. Didn’t feel I had as much grip but that’s probably post-crash caution.
I tried dropping the pressures which helped a bit, but never really gelled. As I have spare rotors, it’s just a cassette swop to switch between. Think I’m going back to ’summer’ chubbies with Rekons F&R. Might try 29 experiment again when I’m better, but not for a while.
TLDR; it’s still a great bike, but it’s not the bike I absolutely love on the 27.5 2.8s.Posted 4 months agoKingofBiscuitsMember
I’ve placed an order today for a large cosmic black frame. This is to replace the original Solaris I purchased in 2012. To a certain extent its also to replace my FS bike which will donate the parts for the build.
I intend to run it as a 29er with 2.5 Maxxis rubber on 30mm internal rims.
The forks are Fox 34 Factory FIT4s with 140mm of travel. Whats the consensus on the sweet spot? I was intending to run these at 120 or 130mm with a replacement air shaft.Posted 4 months agometalheartSubscriber
The forks are Fox 34 Factory FIT4s with 140mm of travel. Whats the consensus on the sweet spot? I was intending to run these at 120 or 130mm with a replacement air shaft.
I’ve only run at 130mm but if I could work out how to step up to 140mm (easily) on my HELMs I would.
Why not try it at 140mm first. You can always drop the travel later if you don’t get on with it…Posted 4 months ago
So after taking a battering on the rocks at Afan this weekend, I’m thinking of trying a 650B plus wheelset. Does anyone find that they provide more cushioning than standard 29 tyres?
The bike felt really good with 140mm forks though and even beat some PR’s that had been set on an old Orange five.Posted 3 months agoswanny853Subscriber
the new colour will be green, I think dark green
If that’s the same colour as the new Flare, I am really going to have to fight not to reach for the credit card. If it’s the BRG from a few years back, less of a fan and I think the old Mk1 will keep going for a bit longer!Posted 3 months agochakapingSubscriber
The forks are Fox 34 Factory FIT4s with 140mm of travel
I have the black stanchion-ed version of those on mine, set at 140mm.
It’s fine in both 29in and B-plus. doesn’t feel too high or raked out. I’d be nervous to go shorter travel in B-plus, though I don’t think the BB is as low as my old Solaris mk2 with a 120nn fork and B-plus.
HTH.Posted 3 months ago
How’s everyone finding their Solaris’ (Solari?)
Still loving them or has the initial new bike novelty worn off?
I’m still really tempted to get a frame and build it up with the parts off my Giant so 120mm Reba forks, 1×11 NX groupset, Hunt wide XC wheels, nothing too bling.
From everyone’s experience, would it work ok with 120mm forks as a do-it-all bike? Enough for long days out in the Downs, the odd Lake District trip then possibly a 12 hour XC race here and there.
Am I looking at the wrong bike to do all of this?Posted 1 week agochakapingSubscriber
My love is undiminished, or even increasing.
Can’t comment from experience on running one with a 120mm Reba, however it may feel a bit under-forked (in burliness not travel) for the speed the bike wants to go. Or it might be totally fine, especially if you’re light.Posted 1 week ago
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