Longshot SolarisMAX – when?
in my discussions with Cy he told me to convert my non-boost slx double to a single as ‘it would be in the right line anyway’. Now, as previously admitted, I didn’t exactly radge it up on Sunday but I didn’t drop the chain (and the clutch was off 😞).
but I think you probably would, why not drop Cotic an email, I’m sure they’ll be happy to advise. Or even give them a call, I’ve always found them helpful.Posted 3 months ago
Website says none boost for clearance up to 32t, but any bigger needs to be boost to clear.
‘ Chainline: 50mm (regular cranks) for up to 32t chainring, 53mm Boost chainline for up to 36t chainring’
On another note, ‘mid-June delivery’. Is that to get to customers doors by mid-June or is that the containing arriving at Cotic?Posted 3 months ago
Do you get to have one of each bike, kelvin? For “research”?
Far from it! How many bikes can you ride at once? Anyway, the demo fleet means I can have a good ride on any size of any current/new model… and so can you! As it happens, I’m replacing an old old 26″ Soul prototype with one of these new Solari(s). Only need one hardtail, and I’ve been waiting for this updated big wheeler for aaaaages… just like lots of other people. It has everything I want in a modern steel hardtail. Everything.Posted 3 months agoStuFMember
I’ve previously tried the new Soul at Easter – I went there with the idea to prove that it wasn’t that much better than my Cove HandJ from 10 years ago and I didn’t need a new bike.
Oops, it was loads better, rolled over stuff and held a line better – then the new SolarisMAX was released which got me thinking that it might do those even better than the Soul.
So we’ll see next week. 🙂Posted 3 months ago
The wheels are 650b DT Swiss XM551 (40mm inner); 3″ Purgatory on front and 3″ WTB Ranger on back. Just moved dropper post across this week – the frame is a Medium.
Mostly Bridleway bimbling and general XC stuff for now. Still getting it set up…. Really liking the ride
Posted 3 months ago
Pics look great metalheart but more importantly how does it ride? Predominantly from a comfortable standpoint, I’ve bad knees and my last hardtail was a Sherpa a few years back and then went to a Salsa Horsthief but that SolarisMax is absolutely lovely and rekindling my desire for a hardtail.Posted 3 months ago
Kelvin, I like the idea of that. 29er front with sus forks and then a + tyre rear to add a bit of give. Will be interested to hear how you get on with that setup.
The tyre going on the front is huge! It’ll have plenty of give as well. And the rim is an i29. It’s more about the different grip you get from these two options. A suspect it’ll be an ideal all year combo. If I’m wrong, the rear wheel can go on my Rocket anyway (I still have an old 26″ rear on that) and I’ll sort a 29er rear, so it’s a risk free experiment.Posted 3 months ago
Pics look great metalheart but more importantly how does it ride? Predominantly from a comfortable standpoint, I’ve bad knees and my last hardtail was a Sherpa a few years back and then went to a Salsa Horsthief but that SolarisMax is absolutely lovely and rekindling my desire for a hardtail.
The parts on my Solaris frame I transferred across from a Salsa Pony Rustler, prior to that I was riding a Mondraker Foxy (built up from a frame). The long front end on the Foxy felt very comfortable and confident going downhill, but the long travel (150-140) was a bit trail deadening for my majority of riding. Also want to have a go at backpacking – hence the PR. But the PR did not do it for me – felt a bit cramped and sluggish. A while back I had a Blue Pig and the frame characterstics were great. So I figured the Solaris Max would kind of combine all the benefits of my previous rides. Early days – but I would say spot on! One interesting aspect is the ST angle – I think Cy has pretty much got it spot-on. It positions you nicely over the BB and is very comfortable – I would think this should be a good angle to avoid knee issues @fudge.
Have got some 29er Hunt wheels on order – looking forward to experimenting; 29 front 27+ at the back was something I was also looking to try.Posted 3 months agoPolisherManSubscriber
Can I just check weight again? 4.9lbs? Ok, I know I’m splitting hairs, just humour me!
Is that 4lbs 9oz or 4.9lbs (some sort of decimalization of an imperial weight? 😉
The only reason I’m asking is that I’m thinking of changing frames, I have a Genesis Tarn which weighs and absolute tonne, well 2.8 (and a bit) kgs.Posted 3 months ago
@nearabighill cheers for the info , funny I’m torn between the new Salsa Horsethief ( for my knees) , I had one a while back bought from clink and I loved it But leaning towards the SolarisMax , I’ve a boost crankset and a 29” wheelset ( hope orange pro 4 hubs on wtb st i25 rims) just sitting waiting on a frame just need to make my mind upPosted 3 months agoboxelderSubscriber
“It sounds like less grip and harder to turn?”
I used to run my Solaris mk1 with 29×2.4 front and 27.5×2.8 rear (as clearance on the forks was tight). Why would it be harder to turn out of interest? Grip on front aided by lower tyre pressure and suspension, grip on rear aided by wider tyre and lower pressure. No?Posted 3 months ago
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