- New Bike Day – gravel AND On-One/Planet-X content!
Whilst I was out demoing a 150mm travel 29er Jeffsy at FoD yesterday, something else, quite the other end of the spectrum, was delivered.
Planet X had a sale on, which meant I got one of the 650b 2 XL models they had in stock, with full Force 1 HRD groupset, for £1400. It’s got flared bars, FSA afterburner wheels (which are bloody loud!), 160mm rotors front and rear.
Set up the wheels tubeless with a set of WTB byways today, and just been out for a quick shakedown ride around the block. It weighs 9.6kg, tubeless and with pedals :O
And in other news, it was delivered by Yodel bikes – was dispatched on Friday, delivered yesterday around 1:30pm. Yodel in efficient delivery shocker!!
I’m looking forward to riding this on some local gravel and exploring places, there’s loads of riding which is just complete overkill on my other bike, a 14.5kg 140mm travel FS bike. Need to work out how much pressure to run in the byways, around 30psi rear, 28psi front seems to be good?Posted 8 months ago
For me it was too tempting to say no, it was £100 more than the Rival 1 version which I was already planning on buying, so Force 1 for an extra £100 was a no brainer.
Now I need to start planning some big rides around local byways and gravel roads. I live a mile or 2 from Pilgrims way so that’s one for starters.Posted 8 months ago
@plus-one – a pic of your bike was one thing that persuaded me to buy one!
When I had both wheels off earlier, I picked up the frame to push the brake pistons out a little, nearly threw it in the air!! I did think about putting some slightly more knobblier tyres on but it won’t see anything too extreme around here.Posted 8 months agomedlowMember
Nice ride.! I do like those Space Chicken things….
My On One BishBashBosh is an excellent bike, very light, handles well and has covered many 100+ sessions with ease.. It did the lot, CX racing, road, extra long bridleway rides. But it was time for a change and the Space Chicken was at the top of my list for my next build. But chose something else in the end. Mason Bokeh.
I had a faultless service from PX/On One too. Dealt with James for a bike fit and fed me with good coffee, they also sorted out an iffy front hub issue with no concerns.Posted 8 months agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
it just needs a few more mounting points e.g. fork one for anything cage style racks.
I like anything cages but I don’t miss them.
There comes a point (somewhere between bar + saddle bag and adding a frame bag) where the extra luggage space just starts to add weight and wind resistance. I could take more, but it would just be more stuff I didn’t need/use.
On the Iditarod they make sense when you have a huge sleeping bag. In the Uk they make less sense, even the incremental cost of buying anything cages for the fork legs would be offset by spending that money on an expensive sleeping mat that saves the same volume vs alpkit self inflating ones.Posted 8 months ago
It’s got enough cage and rack mounts for me, I would like to find a decent small frame bag to take a tube, multitool, and an energy bar/banana – with the 2x (3x actually!) bottle mounts I’d be able to go packless for long rides.
Oh and a timber bell will be being ordered soon!Posted 8 months agowinstonSubscriber
Its a shame more manufacturers don’t put 2 mounts on the top tube for a fuel cell. My Arkose has two pointless mounts for a crudcatcher which I reckon most people will never use – those same two mounts on the top tube would really secure a fuel pod and stop frame scratches – something even more important on a nice carbon frame like the OPPosted 8 months ago
I’ll let you know when I’ve taken it out for a proper ride!
Bear in mind that’s a size XL so it’s a big frame, but comparing the Geo to a nukeproof digger it’s not too far off, slightly steeper head angle, shorter reach but more stack, and a slightly shorter wheelbase.
It’s got dropper post routing so I can always go down that route if I need too 😁Posted 8 months ago
First ‘proper’ ride done – 14 miles in just over an hour, an after work blast down some local gravel/river towpath.
PB’s everywhere, 35mph down a road descent, over drains and potholes. Quickest time ever on 2 local climbs.
On the ‘rough’ stuff (nothing too taxing, wanted to make sure everything was properly bolted down, the rear wheel has a little play so I’ll adjust that out this evening) it was excellent, I can get over the back of the saddle enough to make it down a 6″ step with no issues, and it’s very comfy over cobbles/small roots, speed humps etc. It really gets a move on when putting in a few pedal strokes, even on rough gravel it’s happy sitting at a decent pace. I’m running the tyres at about 32/28psi I think, might up it slightly if I’m doing more road stuff but it seemed good, I was surprised just how comfy it was. The saddle might have to go though, was sliding around on it no-end, and even after an hour I could feel it hurting a little. I’m thinking a Fabric scoop, shallow with titanium rails. Oh and I’ll need some crank boots.
The brakes are excellent, enough power to slow me down from 35mph to 5mph on the road, and yet enough modulation for braking on a 15mph gravel descent.
Gates where before I’d have to struggle with the MTB on the back wheel to get through, are now dispatched with the bike hoisted with a single arm shoulder-press high about the head! 😀
I can see myself getting very fit on this, it’s more of a constant effort than on the MTB, lower average HR but not as many spikes.
Overall, me very, very, very likey. 😀Posted 8 months ago
Did a 25 mile ride yesterday evening, a mixture of gravel, byways and some road. Something I would never have done on my full suss mtb, I felt quite fresh afterwards. It turned into a night gravel ride by the end which was pretty fun!
Beat my pb on the 600ft climb near me by 3.5 minutes, it’s gone from 19.5 minutes to 16 minutes! 😲
It handled some rooty descents really well, but my neck was starting to ache at the bottom of the hill due to being so low on the drops!Posted 8 months agoluv2rideMember
Loving the pictures and very tempted to get one of these myself (currently between this and a 2019 Pinnacle Arkose X). Main thing stopping me puling the trigger on the ‘Chicken is reading differing specs re:tyre clearance on the PX website. In the real world, what are the biggest 700c and 650b tyres folks are running on this bike? CheersPosted 8 months agobrantSubscriber
New version went live yesterday.
Loads of adventure add ons for a ridiculous price like bags for £5 and stove for £10.Posted 8 months ago
Loving the pictures and very tempted to get one of these myself (currently between this and a 2019 Pinnacle Arkose X). Main thing stopping me puling the trigger on the ‘Chicken is reading differing specs re:tyre clearance on the PX website. In the real world, what are the biggest 700c and 650b tyres folks are running on this bike? Cheers
This is with 650b 47mm wtb byways, the chainstay on the drive side is the closest area, you might get away with some 50mm 650b tyres but it would be damn tight.Posted 8 months agoluv2rideMember
Thanks for tbe quick reply! Looks like 47mm is the max then really. I see yours has the FSA afterburner wheels, how do you rate them? Unsure whether to go for their 700c build and get some alu Hunt 650b Adventure wheels, as would really want 2 wheelsets. Only “spare” set of 12mm TA disc wheels i have are only 18mm internal, but might be ok with some 38mm Hyper Voyagers i have as a ‘road set’…in which case I could go for for the 650b build with the Afterburners. My current 2015 Arkose lives with 700x38mm tubeless Gravel Kings, but I was after a slightly softer ride.Posted 8 months ago
Yeah mine has the 650b afterburner wheels, they seem very good and they’re pretty light, they’ve got bearing adjusters on the hubs, and the freewheel is nice and loud. I think the freehub has a narrower engagement than my novatec mtb wheels.
They came pre-taped but I had to add another 3-4 layers of tape so that the byways seated properly.Posted 8 months ago
Still liking it, no niggles or regrets? I’m sorely tempted to get one of these or a Ragley Trig as an all rounder until I can get back in to MTB riding. Trig takes bigger tyres, has good warranty and I’m a sucker for steel. Space Chicken seems really good for the money, but On One horror stories are making me cautious 🧐Posted 7 months ago
Yeah all good still – the only issue I’ve had is one of the WTB byways has some tiny holes in the sidewall! Nothing to do with the bike! 😀
I’ve swapped the saddle for a Fabric Scoop shallow, as the original was lacking some padding and wasn’t very comfy.
I used it to commute the 10 miles to work last week for 3 days, 45 minutes doo to door, including a 16 minute, 600ft climb.
I adjusted the rear brake caliper the other day, and apart from checking the wheel bearing pre-load every so often until then settle down, that’s all I’ve done.
I’m glad I went for hydro brakes, there’s some proper fast road descents round here, on wet greasy roads, at 30mph I’m glad for both the modulation and power of the force hydros.Posted 7 months agoMarkieMember
From the Planet X Facebook – I only saw it because I was googling Space Chickens / Open WI.DEs / big clearance gravel bikes on my wife’s (Favebook logged in!) ipad just cause, and there it was! Instagram too. Maybe I should make some accounts :/
NEW ON-ONE FREE RANGER (probably though not fixed yet ) GRAPHICS (probably) REVEALED
We have a new frame in the offing , in a nutshell its an evolution of a space chicken a bit more off roady and bigger clearance , probably 6 months away but getting closer .
Finalising graphics and we are going for a subtle and typically understated look that we are so well known for , no fancy Dan flash Harry paint finishes round here . Just class and quality .
You saw it here first .
Then it can be added to this list!
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