- New bike regrets
The latest orange 5 (tapered head tube etc.); I bought one having owned an original sub-5 & a 2006 5, both of which were fantastic. It seemed to have lost the edge that I enjoyed; it was no longer the lively fun bike I loved but a sanitised boring sledge. I think my main issue was that for most riding it was too slack, coupled with a particularly crap shock (RP23) that cavitated twice and got replaced eventually.Posted 6 years agoGaryLakeMember
456 Summer Season, wooden and rode like it was drunk even with 100s on it. Not a fan of slack, long travel hardtails but thought I’d get one anyway. Still own it mind, keep thinking about replacing with a regular 456 or an inbred, but I really wanted a Lemon Meringue coloured one! 😳
Really wanted a BFe or a Soul but didn’t have the funds at the time.Posted 6 years agoreggiegasketMember
Lynskey Ridgeline LT
Lynskey got the published geometry wrong – tricky things to use, rulers. Medium was too small so got sent back. Big wait. Lots of emails and nonsense from yanks. Then large frame arrived and was a massive gate and didn’t handle. Sold on with a loss of £400. Thanks Lynskey, never again 8)Posted 6 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
Bit of dillema recently…Swift / Pace RC129 or a Niner SIR9…
The Niner won, & its lovely. Big outlay for me & (daft as it seems) a few restless moments weighing them all up. Still wonder if I did the right thing, but the Niner is really ticking every box I set out.
Bought a Giant NRS many years ago & it was truly, truly awful.Posted 6 years agojamesMember
Don’t know if I’ve regretted buying a bike or frame yet, but definetly have issues with most. (My own fault, shame of shames, haven’t test ridden anything bar one or two car park pedals .. )
assuming Id never progress to the point 3″ saddle drop would become an issue, brain shock limitations [spesh SJer FSR]
slack HA, long eff.TT [Pinnacle Camino]
too slack head/seat angles for what I had in mind [sanderson life]
long chainstays, too easy to bottom out shock (@ 20% sag) [titus el guapo]
“Pace 405 and it genuinely the worst bike I’ve ever ridden”Posted 6 years ago
really? sort of good to hear, I spent a while thinking what if after buying my SJer FSR not long before the rc405 came out/got rave reviewscannondalekingMember
got an inbred last year for a cheap ss build err shouldn’t have bothered last 2 weeks then got a charge duster frame swapped everything over last 3 weeks thought this it never gonna find a nice ss frame built up an old merlin steel frame (the one with ritchey drop outs) perfect! road really really well, light responsive everything the modern ss frames missed lasted til i needed funds 6 months later and regret selling it
Ow and the iron horse bootleg3 BAG OF F*(£ING BOLTS only way to describe it what a crap frame to build up roundPosted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Not really, mine haven’t all been good buys but I’ve always learned something from the bad ones. (or sold them on for more than I paid 😉 )
I’m slightly regretting not just parting out the cross bike, unridden, it was worth a heck of a lot more in parts than it cost me. But what the hell, it’s nice to have.Posted 6 years agomildredMember
Oh Lordy, I forgot the Devinci Hectic… Worst piece of crap I’ve ever had. None of the measurements matched up with their published numbers. About a 77 degree seat angle, 65 degree head angle & a bottom bracket that was in orbit. It was just wrong. I can’t actually believe they’re all this bad but mine was awful.Posted 6 years agomboySubscriber
Not really, mine haven’t all been good buys but I’ve always learned something from the bad ones. (or sold them on for more than I paid )
Maybe not been quite so lucky all in, but a similar story all told. I’ve had a number of bikes over the years that have not been particularly suitable for me, for one reason or another, and have learnt well from those experiences. The 2 Mountain Bikes I have now suit my needs perfectly, and there is pretty much nothing I’d change on them both (save giving them a full service, new bearings all round and a good clean). But many bikes from my past have dictated why the 2 I have now suit so well, and I have learnt a lot about my own quite specific requirements towards geometry and feel from a bike. And some of the bikes that didn’t suit me are particularly well loved models almost universally, so it just gos to show that there are indeed horses for courses.Posted 6 years agonick1962Member
Bikes are like partners some long term ,some one night stands.Posted 6 years ago
Some hot,racy and far too costly.
Some cheap and nasty leaving you sore in the most sensitive of places
Some too laid back and far too slack but fun in a naughty way
But with age and experience you eventually settle down with one that just feels right most of the time and it’s a bonus if they really enjoy having their **** ***** ****** **.
Do I get a ban now?crashtestmonkeyMember
Another Nomad disappointment. Lusted after them since first seeing one, managed to get a MK1 in fave colour (white). None of the reviews mentioned it climbed like a dog with a broken leg. In granny ring the lower link compressed with every pedal stroke, effectively shortening the chainstay 3/4inch. Most disappointing and possibly worst bike I’ve owned. Luckily bought used so no noticeable financial loss when I sold it on.
Replaced with an ugly recycled filing cabinet with an archaic single pivot, which is a joy to climb on by comparison and just as capable at covering up lack of skill on the descents.Posted 6 years agoBillOddieSubscriber
I bought a Marin once.
It was very efficient. That is the nicest thing i can say about it.
Basically it was dull as [insert expletive here].
Bought a Dialled PA which I loved.
Wasn’t sure about my Ragley Blue Pig when i got it initially but love it now!Posted 6 years ago
Sometimes you have to give things a few rides to click.Mrs ToastMember
I haven’t. Mr Toast, on the other hand….
Interesting that there have been a couple of Mojo regrets, as that was one of Mr Toast’s unsuitable bikes. Lovely thing, just far too short for him, even in extra large. A real shame, I loved having that bike in the house. It was pretty. 🙁Posted 6 years agoLeeWSubscriber
I bought in to the “Titanium magic carpet ride” hype and bought a Merlin XLM. Coming from a full suspension SC SL I probably couldn’t fully appreciate the trail dampening qualities, maybe if I’d have come from another HT I would’ve – who knows.
I stuck with it for two years then moved it on. I bought an Ibis Tranny and have never regretted getting rid of the Merlin, yes it was pretty and well made but it was a real wheels on the ground bike (boring imo)Posted 6 years agonickfMember
Endorfin VP-4R SL – seemed like a full-suspension frame and a Rohloff hub would be a great combination. And it is. But after spending £3k on the bike I pretty much stopped riding full-suspension bikes in the UK, and have pretty much exclusively ridden a £200 singlespeed On-One, just because I like it.
So the Endorfin sits in the garage, unloved. A genuinely great bike, I just don’t need it. And it’s bright yellow. I keep meaning to break it and sell it, but to do so would mean admitting I got it wrong in buying it in the first place.Posted 6 years ago
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