- Megavalanche on a hardtail – how stupid?
Ok, so I've been entered for the Mega and I'm all excited and stuff, but the only bike I have is an Evil Sovereign with 140mm forks and Deore brakes.
I'm an enthusiastic but not especially talented rider – how much will I regret my decision to ride on a hardtail and what can I do to it to make it a bit more Mega-able?
Cheers.Posted 9 years agogrummMember
Perfectly doable but unless you are very good you will be extremely slow and get very battered/knackered very quickly. It's knackering enough on a 6" travel full suss so I reckon it will be pretty tough on a hardtail. If you like beating yourself up then go for it – otherwise you will have a lot more fun on a full suss imo. 😉Posted 9 years agosolamandaMember
Unless you already have good experience of riding DH or very rough tracks at speed on a hardtail you will suffer. I would recommend you pick a used full susser before you go, can sell it after for little loss.
I've done the qualifier track on a hardtail in practise. It was fun and not that bad, but come race day you will be forced down lines you might not want to take on a hardtail.
Full suspension also gives you the extra margin for error when you are tired/wrecked.Posted 9 years agocrocodilianMember
I'm considering doing a similar thing on a BFe with some Lyriks or Fox 36s up front. I think doing the Mega on a hardtail requires not just better technique but also an incredible amount of fitness. I'll be doing a lot more running/cycling in preparation for it, just for the amount of leg strength you'll need for all that time out of the saddle compared to a full-suss rider.Posted 9 years agomwleedsSubscriber
LOL, It's also worth remembering that you'll get stuck behind lots and lots of mincers,
onpushing big FS bikes 😀
If you're on a hardtail is going to really hurt!
You might be ok on the mega but there's a reason why lot's of people take two bikes and use their DH bike for the qualifier! The first 20mins are brutal!Posted 9 years agoflamejobMember
solamanda speaks the truth.
Just get a 6" bike for the race and flog it afterwards.
I'm a 4 time vet and would never consider doing it on a HT
Here's my bike list… you can see a pattern..
Orange 223 (Boxxer)Posted 9 years ago
Orange Patriot 7+ (RS Domain 180)
Patriot 6" (RS Domain Uturn)
SBC BigHit3 [quali] + Pitch Pro (Fox 36 TALAS RC2) [Main Race]
You're a better rider than you give yourself credit for. Maybe borrow graham's 36s for the trip.
Other than that, take a big dose of man up and get it done.
Also, tomorrow- can you be at mine for 10am? Doris is getting MOT'd and I'll need a lift in order to get some Team Evil Sov Peak Gnar done.Posted 9 years agohoraMember
You wont enjoy it. It'll end up being an endurance.
Secondly people will assume you are bloody good turning up on a hardcore hardtail to the Mega…expecting you to be gifted.
Then they'll say 'ah'.
I take it your not just going out there to ride one track? So why not ride a full susser and not beat yourself up plus you'll be able to ride more and enjoy your time over there. Rather than spending your week worn out?!
BTW- well done for entering the Mega. 😀 You are more man than me 😀
PS. OP- these would be good in the AlpsPosted 9 years ago
Josh did everything in't alps last year on his 24-7 with 24" wheels and 100mm forks. And he rode everything, so I still reckon you'll be fine with your 140mm of squish and man wheels.
I'd lend you the Norco, but after buying those wheels and chain device to mega it I want to get the most out of them! You could buy the 55 forks off it from me if you want more bounce up front, I want 36s now.Posted 9 years agopastcaringMember
frame, post, qr, hs. £500Posted 9 years agoJonEdwardsMember
I took my Bfe last year and pre-rode the qualifier on it.
It's perfectly doable, and I *really* enjoyed the lower section below ADH – the new singletrack through the trees had only just been opened and was mint. Drifty, loamy hairpins. Perfect. They were cut to f'ck 3 days later mind…
That said, I was absolfookinlutely knackered by the bottom. Arms were killing me. Thats a 20-30 min run depending on how quick you are. The main race is double+ that. I'd happily ride a hardtail for it, but I absolutely would not want to *race* on it. Whatever your best intentions to "just go along for the craik", once you're on the startline, the goggles are on, the music is blaring and the helicopters are circling overhead, it'll get very serious, very quickly, and you'll probably attempt to ride out of your depth.
In conclusion, if you want to do it, then do it. But get very, very fit, and very, very strong, or be prepared to smoke a fag on the startline after the tapes have lifted, then ride down at your own pace.Posted 9 years agodavidtaylforthMember
I rode the track on a hardtail last year and its fine, less hardwork than some of the other dh tracks in the alps. Didnt race though, so I cant comment on that. If you want to do well in the race maybe get a full sus, if you dont mind taking your time then im sure you'll be ok.Posted 9 years agoflowmtbguyMember
Guy from Flowmtb did the Mega on a Blue pig last year and said it was fine
not quite – I rode the courses on my Prince albert (the blue pig hadn't arrived in time), but raced on my Nomad. The HT thing is fine so long as you have big forks, big tyres and big brakes. I had some fox 36's on my PA but that fecked up the geometry too much – and the 160 rotor on the back didn't help either…
However, it's perfectly doable if you're prepared to take a beating!
I'm (hopefully) taking an 'Alpine Pig' this year so long as the drawings materialise into a frame in time…
My aim is to make it into the first 400 on it. I can comfortably do that on my Nomad so fancy the challenge of the HT. It's not like I'm going to win it, so may as well have a bit of fun / pain instead!Posted 9 years ago
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