- Mountain mayhem
You will either have the mentality to flog yourself or you won’t. I doubt that the bike will come into it that much tbh. At 3 in the morning you will appreciate your bed, both bikes will look horrible. The lighter bike would be my choice as the event is not technical and you don’t have to be fast.Posted 10 months agoPaul jMember
So this will be my first solo event.
Trying to decide if a slightly heavier full suss 27.5″ which I know fits better, or a slightly shorter steel 29er hardtail?Posted 10 months ago
Just thinking at 3 in the morning will I appreciate a little
Bit of susspension other the hardtail?
Any advice welcome.alanlMember
One of the mags did side by side tests 10 or so years ago at Mayhem, riders used both HT and FS bikes. Pretty much all said the FS felt slower because of the extra weight, but the lap times showed the FS was faster on nearly all laps, as well as being more comfortable, or maybe becasue they are more comfortable the laps were faster.Posted 10 months agochum3Member
alanl – 10 years ago the test wouldn’t have been at Gatcombe, although your point on perceptive performance of full sus is relevant.
In recent years, in a team of 4, I’ve gone for the hardtail every time for this course, but as a solo I’d take both… It’s not rough, the climbs are steep but smooth, so sitting down a lot is not an issue, but I think having the option to swap to a full sus would be nice…Posted 10 months agomolgripsSubscriber
Trying to decide if a slightly heavier full suss 27.5″ which I know fits better, or a slightly shorter steel 29er hardtail?
Good grief. Fit is the most important thing by far. If a bike is anything less than perfectly comfortable on a 4hr ride it’s going to be agony after 12 never mind 24.
But as above – if you have two bikes take two. If it might rain, put mud tyres on one. If it’s definitely going to be wet, take a helper to clean one when it stops working whilst you ride the other.Posted 10 months ago
Again, take both, go with what ever is more comfortable on the day.Posted 10 months ago
I’ve done it 6 times solo and have ridden both.
Interestingly enough whatever I start on wether it’s a full suss or hardtail, after 1 lap of swopping to the other I wasn’t happy and went back to what I started on, so bear that in mind.
Sad it’s the last too, and like you above, I might make it my last 24hour race too.
Was 12th last year, desperate for top 10 this year to finish of my attemptsteamslugSubscriber
This will be my third solo attempt. I was 18th last year…seems like a lot of folks are having a go this year so i’m not that optimistic of improving on that. Take the comfiest bike you can, everything will hurt after 12 hours so anything that helps is a god send. Set one up as a mud bike in case it rains. I was talking to Pat at Singletrack 7 and he fed me a few nuggets of information but nothing concrete.Posted 10 months ago
Ride a bit slower than you normally do, try not to stop for too long, limit it to 5-10 mins every lap, take two bikes if possible, make sure there in tip top order, take all the cycling gear you own and as much variety of real food that you can think of.Posted 10 months ago
Get there early, get a track side spot, have an early night, then go for it.
It’s only 24 hours….
Oh and pray for sun!
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