- New LT 29er Hardtail, where do I start?
Starts and ends with a Chromag Rootdown 😂
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Last custom build of the year and it's a good un! Really solid spec Chromag Rootdown – Pike Ultimates, full 1×12 XT, Hope//Chromag wheelset and Hope brakes. All tied together with lots of OneUp. Proper solid hardtail for a winter of Tweed Valley hooning 😀 We are open tomorrow (Sunday) 12-4 for last second gifts and bike collections, and sort of floating around cleaning down on Monday. Time for a full scrub of the workshop! #chromagbikes #lifebehindchromagbars #putabearonit #oneupcomponents #hopetech #hopetechnology
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I ran my Pace RC529 at 150mm and it was decent. I just don’t get along with long travel hard tails. I do often wonder if it was a setup issue though (it has been pointed out since I sold it).
Adjustable wheelbase via sliding dropouts worked quite well I thought too. Still the best climbing bike I’ve had (better than the Spark and DV9 which are/were a lot lighter).Posted 1 month agowalleaterMember
A bit of an outlier in the UK and when I change from Canadian to UK on their site it doesn’t show prices, but the new Norco Torrent is pretty rad:Posted 1 month agochiefgrooveguruMember
I haven’t ridden it but the current Solaris’s geometry appeals a lot based on my other bikes – even though I’d only be on a medium I prefer the balance from longer chainstays (they’re 420mm on my hardtail but 455mm on my full-sus, both bikes about 455mm reach). And I don’t like super steep seat tubes.
The Moxie looks cool – and is probably great if you’re always riding steep lines – but I don’t see it having the cornering balance in flat turns or as good a pedalling position on rolling trails.Posted 1 month agochakapingSubscriber
I think you are probably legally required to demo a SolarisMAX if you’re considering a steel hardtail 29er.
Mine has a 140mm fork and it’s a great bike, still can’t see anything I’d chop it in for (apart from the new purple one).
I know Chromag frames are very highly regarded and aesthetics are subjective, but that bent top tube – and the way it doesn’t meet the seat stays… not for me.Posted 1 month agolongmoverMember
hmmmm Chromag Doctahawk, I really shouldn’t have looked at that
I have a Doctahawk frame waiting for parts, it is a thing of beauty. By the time the frame was built and imported with a rubbish exchange rate to USD it was nearly 1800GBP. It is light green and I can’t decide which fork to put on it at the moment – Ohlins, 36 (has to be orange) or a Lyrik.Posted 1 month ago
We could have got you a doctahawk a LITTLE bit cheaper, but not much! No way around it they are lovely though. I think there may be an arcturian in my future, just love huge tyres.
We have M/L and XL Rootdowns at £640, clearance 2019 and will be starting the year with some 2020 Rootdowns, back at £750. Can special order anything else Chromag do. Taiwan frames £750, Whistler frames £1500.
Posted 1 month agobedmakerSubscriber
My tuppenceworth – I don’t think you’ll go far wrong with any of the bikes mentioned. Modern geo hardtails are simply ace.
Three years ago I was in the process of signing off my Chinese Ti frame. It was considered fairly outlandish by many on here at the time
Given the passage of a few years, it is pretty normal. It’s still great fun, rides great and hasn’t snapped 🙂
Doing it again today, I’d go 50mm longer reach, up to 500mm, and HT 65 degrees instead of 63.Posted 1 month ago
I’ve had super short chainstay bikes, and pretty long ones. Pros and cons with both. Somewhere in the middle, around 445 works really well imo.sheepdip71Subscriber
Cotic are super helpful & regularly do demo days or you can drop them an email & go ride from their HQ. There is a loop you can do from the offices.Posted 1 month ago
Quite nice talking face to face of what they can do for you.
Just built up a Solaris Max & changed from a 2013 Solaris & wow what a difference. So nice
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