- New bike… looks like an opportune moment to post this
…as the forum is having such a tranquil time exploring the joys of the different wheel sizes…
So I bought me-self a winter hack, a 29er as in my limited experience of them, they roll/cope better in the mud & considering the state of the trails this last year, it may become my main bike….
..929 with adjustable rear chainstay length.
Still early days of ownership, and I’ve still a lot to learn about the bike (only had it 9 days) but so far I am thoroughly pleased & happy with my 29er. It’s been ridden in the slop/grinding paste of the local area, then frozen rough/lumpy track last tuesday & wednesday and snow yesterday. I did a lot of soul searching, irrational & rational decision making to decide on this, yes others where cheaper, more hardcore, more expensive & generally unavailable but this was the one I wanted.
Big thanks must go to Mboy whose enthusiasm towards all bikes is inexhaustible & has seemingly gone up a level since starting working part time at the The Green Bike Company in Worcester. He got a demo sorted on the closest available model, a Whyte 729 (a superb bike) but I took my wallet in my hands and asked for a bike I’d never ridden, in a format I was unfamiliar with, in a size smaller than I would normally buy & it may have just paid off. The owner of the bike shop was very flexible and understanding, which made the whole experience much smoother and less nervous than it could well have been, many thanks!
A small shout of thanks, must go to Adam @ Noah’s arc, who pulled out all the stops to help some-one on the phone (after trying 6 previous shops with the same question), unfortunately for Adam, Mark came back into work the next day and did exactly the same thing… and he’s local to me.
PS: This will not be replacing my 26er full suss’s but will/has replaced my 26er HT.Posted 5 years ago
Wobben, Mark reckoned it was currently in the mid setting, looks like the long to me, but I’ve yet to take it to pieces and check
Undo bolts. Push wheel forward. Tighten bolts. Manual all the way down Kinver high street. 😉
Oh and remove that plastic guard behind the cassette or I’m going to break into your house and do it for you. 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Looks like you have to run only two bolts in the bottom when right forward, it was late Friday afternoon & Mark had come in on his own time, so I didn’t want to ‘faff’ to much.. I also thought it might be worth leaving it back might help with stability & clearance in these conditions. Pity we didnt faff longer, as if we had, the guy who drove in to my car later, might have missed me…
Do you know I hadn’t even noticed that shield, surprised the front reflector got by your radar!
Mini review.. Lots & lots of fun!Posted 5 years ago
Glad you’re still enjoying it mate!
Looked to me when I took it apart that the dropouts are in the mid setting. On them was printed “-10, -5, 0, +5, +10” iirc and it was set on 0, so I’m assuming that’s the mid position. Still huge mud clearance in that setting though (and about a 435mm chainstay), so doubt you’d need to run it longer.
Anyway… As for this winter hack nonsense. Honestly, bet you end up riding if more than the others, even in the summer! Proper nice bike that, so make sure you get the use out of it! 😉Posted 5 years ago
Houns, My m8’s jockey wheels had frozen lumps attached, pinging the chain constantly. Luckily there was no need to expose our srunken acorns to the elements, ala your suggestion. 😯
Size: Medium, recommended by Whyte for riders up to 5’10, I’m 6’2″! Seat post up to the max, for my 32″ legs, but don’t need more. Buying this size was a major worry, as I’d tested the large 729, & was happy on that. Due to demand for the 929, there were no large available (& 8 local dealers had none in stock or expected to) when I came to order, but I’d been pouring over different frame stats for weeks & noticed the large 929 was larger than the 729 in TT, & the medium 929 not to far from that figure (does that make sense). So the shop took a chance that I’d buy it & got one of the last mediums in for me
Mark, ‘still’ having fun, I’ve only just started. It so good in all conditions, it’s like cheating! I love it, though these stupidly thin grips needed to go, troubled is when I goto the garage I end up just jumping on & getting out, instead of changing them. As for summer, you know I love my Prophet…Posted 5 years ago
Your legs are longer than 32″ mate!
Measured mine the other day at 32.5″ on the nose, and had to drop the saddle at least an inch from your position to ride that the other day when you picked it up. Just as well cos it means you’re fine on the TT length (smidge over 24.5″ for anyone interested… On a “medium”).
Not been tempted on a 420mm Reverb yet then? 😉Posted 5 years ago
s’ok, don’t worry about it, but just meant I’m not a serial bike swapper, and tend to keep & use those I do get..
I had a trial of a time trying to decide, Genesis High Latitude was in contention for ages, but I couldn’t get a demo & a m8’s sale fell through (so definitely no demo). The Yelli was an option, but so damned expensive & longer travel than I really needed, I decided against even test riding one (cheers stu) & the next production run in ‘spring’! Didn’t like the geo on the SC Tallboy & the rest tended to be quite heavy & expensive. Not that 2K is a drop in the ocean to me.. & I could have gone Whyte 729, as there are a suberb bike but the 929 was calling to me…
[edit: just notice the moss alluded to above, that’s the local wildlife emptying out guttering.. they do a good job, I went & inspected it after ignoring it for 5 years & it was perfectly clean!]Posted 5 years ago
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