- 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 1 week agokeithyrMember
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 1 week agoedge85Subscriber
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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week ago
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