New hardtail build in progress.. post yours!
I’m about 72kg now on the standard spring. I haven’t actually measured the sag so it may just be that I’m not used to such a plush fork rather than it actually being too soft. My intended use is general trail centre riding, local bridleways (when they’re dry), jumps and a bit of dh when I don’t feel like riding my bmx or dh bikes. It may be a bit small for pedalling actually, but I’m only short (29″ inside leg) and the frame was a bargain.
edit – nice steve 🙂 Is that a ti slackline?Posted 4 years ago
Just spent the morning putting together a new fun do it all/trail hardtail that should also be pretty fun down the jumps. The Sektors feel great, really smooth and plush and put the 2010 55 RC3s on my dh bike to shame! I may need a harder spring though, having to use a lot of compression for it to feel right.
Next things on the list are a Thomson post so I can pedal it around properly, new wheels (currently borrowing the front one from my DH bike, and the back hub is borderline nackered), then black bars and cranks because I’m a tart. Might need to sort out the braking at some point as well! Just had a quick ride on it and it feels really fun. 32-16 is far too easy though.
Also, red hubs or black? And white rims or black? This is important!
Post your work in progress 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Just wondering have you got 15 or 20mm sektors? I got told my 15’s wouldn’t really be strong enough for dh
They’re 20mm and they feel just as solid as my old Pikes did, plus a lot plusher. Took a link out the chain and sorted out the chainline last night. EBBs are a bit of a PITA to tension the chain with, still can’t beat horizontals. Depending how much I like this bike I’ll probably end up 1×10’ing it anyway at some point – really depends how much XC I end up doing on it. I’m liking the spds for singlespeed at the minute but currently I only associate road bikes with being clipped in so have already had a few ungraceful sideways dismounts 😆Posted 4 years ago
Looks good!Posted 4 years agoslackaliceMember
Oooh, go on then 🙂
The new addition to the Slack household, finished last night with the arrival of pedals. It’s for my wonderful Mrs Slack, who has been bike-less since last year due to some toe-rag making off with the P7. It’s used mainly for commuting duties, with occasional off-road forays en famille, hence the lots of 3M black reflective tape…
The replacement, a used Kinesis Decade Virtue (Virsa), Tange Prestige frame bought off e-bay and kitted out with the bits from my recently retired SC Superlight. A quick spin up the road and it pedals and the wheels go round and the brakes and gears work, result! 🙂
Mrs Slack is deeeelighted!
Posted 4 years ago
Here is my FF29, which I built up recently so that I could explore the pros and cons of hardtails and 29ers. The jury is still out on both to be honest, but for rides that aren’t too technical or include a fair amount of road (or smooth fire road) along with the singletrack it seems ideal.
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Yes, I guess I should have said “in my experience” and YMMV etc. It’s all just opinions at the end of the day and all bikes are a compromise. But when things get steep or if I know I’m going to be on rough trails for most of the ride then I’d rather be on the full suss.Posted 4 years ago
Yes, there is no such thing as the perfect bike. They are always a compromise. I love climbing on the FF29. The stiff rear end makes for a fantastically efficient power transfer. The big wheels just roll over rocks, roots etc and stay firmly planted on the ground no matter how steep things get. But point it down a steep technical descent and all those positives become negatives. That stiff rear end means that even standing up you are having to work a lot harder to absorb bumps through your knees and the reluctance of the wheels to leave the ground makes it harder to chuck about.Posted 4 years ago
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