Longshot SolarisMAX – when?
Why didn’t they put the extra bottle cage mount on seat tube like most other folks? I don’t really want to put a bottle down there unless I really need the extra capacity.
2 on the downtube inside the triangle seems odd
Also, if you wanted a rigid fork on there, can you get one long enough to make the geometry work?Posted 4 months ago
As a couple of us, at least, have been asking / shown interest in this. Would you be able to do an update on how this rides?
Like I say, I’m at 120mm on mine and although it slackened the seat angle too, that hasn’t been a major issue. But seeing as slacker seems the way, it might be an idea I’d try before getting a mk4.Posted 4 months ago
I’ve just compared the geometry to my current bike. It’s not as radically different as i was hoping.
I bought the Whyte to tie me over as a cheap winter HT, but it actually turns out to be superb. I’ve been waiting for ages for this to replace it. It looks fantastic and is a step in the right direction, but I do wish they pushed some of the numbers a bit more. Currently running a 50mm stem on the Whyte, so a 35mm on the Cotic gives the same reach and SA/HA are the same. Longer stays is a negative in my book. Suppose the only way to tell is to test ride and decide if it’s £400 better than my frame. Also not a fan of the cable routing.
Both charts based on 120mm travel fork, 531mm static length, with 25% sagPosted 4 months ago
The geo looks good. I had one of the Solaris Maxs from last year and it was great but too short. I’m on a SC Chameleon now which is awesome.
The Solaris chain stays are still too long on this update. I found a huge improvement in cornering when I switched to the Chameleon with 415mm chainstays.Posted 4 months ago
Whyte aren’t particularly clear on how their geometry is measured, but it appears you’re right and it’s measured unsagged! Why can’t they just make it clear… (Stack is straight off their site and BB height was a conversion).
If that’s really the case, then I think I’ll get one.Posted 4 months ago
Who has kidnapped cokie and replaced them? Imposter! 🤣 A quick look at the FlareMAX geo would tell you what was coming… numbers are only numbers, proof of the pudding and all that. I knew my Sherpa was too short as soon as I sat on it (but it looked bob on ‘paper’) and that’s why it’s getting changed now. Sat on my mates FlareMAX the other day so know the reach is within the adjustment rails of the saddle (and the further forward, so prob better). So glad I didn’t go down the custom frame route as I would have royally **** it up.if your Whyte is ‘superb’ why change?
415mm chainstays? Is that a 26” wheeled bike? 😉 I’d suggest stay length partly for tyre clearance (up 29er 2.5”) is going push you back. And that Cotic have reasons for lengthening it on this iteration.
id better go settle my bill (and order up the missing odds and ends) or else I’ll not be getting my frame/forks next week….Posted 4 months ago
The Bardino is quite a different beast though, isn’t it… not 853, about a pound heavier, longer travel… it is cheaper by a fair chunk, because of the use of cheaper tubing, but I don’t recall it being anywhere near £200 cheaper. They look like a riot though… and, personally, I love that colour scheme.Posted 4 months agopsycorpMember
Seems Nordest have 2 different prices for the Bardino frame on 2 different pages of their website:
Yes, some of the materials are different. Regardless of whether it’s 100 or 200 quid difference in price the difference between a 2 and 5 year warranty is considerable.
I don’t give frames a hard time, but still……………Posted 4 months agocySubscriber
Hey guys, glad you like the look of the new bike. Just to answer the question, the chainstays are that long because in my opinion it works between with the geometry in terms of balancing your weight out between the wheels. With a longer rear end the bike climbs better, and in my opinion, turns better. It naturally puts more weight on the front of the bike, which is what you need with the longer front end. If you prefer shorter stays, that’s cool, there are plenty of other brands offering that.
Regarding tyre clearance, we have some new 29 x 2.6″ tyres coming fairly soon and I am pretty sure they will fit. However given I know that 2.5’s fit I have gone with that for now.
On warranty we offer 2 year free followed by 2 years half price replacement for workmanship and materials defects. People generally have very little call on either of these, and even when they have if you give a bit of a search on here you’ll probably find we tend to over deliver. We’re 100% behind our product and our customers.
CyPosted 4 months ago
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