New LT 29er Hardtail, where do I start?
Hi, been away for a couple of years and out of the loop.
Decided to get back into the sludge and would like something similar to my old 2Souls Quarterhorse but a bit more up to date.
Ideally in steel, 150mm travel.
DavidPosted 9 months ago
Budget for frame? Complete bike?Posted 9 months ago
Cotic Solaris is only 140mm, but I’d start there. Stanton Switch 29er is lovely also. Pipedream Moxie more hardcore. Nordest Bardino, Productuon Privee Shan GT also.
IIRC the QH was quite short, so most of the above will be pretty different geo-wise.Posted 9 months ago
£2.5k all upPosted 9 months ago
Orange P7 @ 140mm?Posted 9 months ago
Starts and ends with a Chromag Rootdown 😂
Been looking at that one, its on the listPosted 9 months ago
How about a Large Ti Quarterhorse in lovely condition which you could put a 2 degree slack headset in ? 😉Posted 9 months ago
Pipedream Moxie I’d say 👍Posted 9 months ago
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 9 months ago
Or perhaps treat yourself to A CURTIS 👍😉👍Posted 9 months ago
Another week fighting the urge to build a killer Pipedream Moxie with 160mm 36s and ditch the FS, another thread making things harder for mePosted 9 months ago
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:
Zezasker, know exactly how you feel!Posted 9 months ago
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 9 months ago
Nordest Bardino.Posted 9 months ago
Nice to see you back David. 👍
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 9 months ago
Climbs like a beast, descends like a beast.
Posted 9 months ago
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
Because?Posted 9 months ago
Chainstays too short vs wheelbase.Posted 9 months ago
Why limit yourself to 29″ wheels? I find 27.5+ offers more grip.Posted 9 months ago
And more pinch flats.Posted 9 months ago
I totally agree with Pigyn.I have a 2019 Cromag Rootdown and it is awesome! I have also owned a Nordest Bardino which was a great bike that I would totally recommend (the only reason that I replaced mine is that it wasn’t a Chromag!)Posted 9 months ago
I can’t get another Curtis, had 2 alreadyPosted 9 months ago
hmmmm Chromag Doctahawk, I really shouldn’t have looked at thatPosted 9 months ago
They do look good. It’ll be a bit hard to come in on budget though unless you are using loads of components that you already own.Posted 9 months ago
F*** the budgetPosted 9 months ago
Is the correct answer!Posted 9 months ago
Hello DavePosted 9 months ago
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 9 months ago
And more pinch flats.
Yeh, if you fit the wrong tyres.Posted 9 months 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 9 months ago
If you click that there is a Doctahawk link 🤣 it doesn’t show properlyPosted 9 months ago
Pigyn – I think I will be buying some Daggas off you in the new year.Posted 9 months ago
They look great, I think we have two sets in black left. Just used a set on our Guerrilla Gravity demo but it will be a few months before I am allowed to test them.
Much smaller feeling in the flesh, don’t look or feel out of place on trail bikes. Very nice bit of kitPosted 9 months ago
The Moxie is amazing. I’ve had loads of steel hardtails and the Moxie is by far the best. It’s great on all trails and can handle some serious terrain.Posted 9 months ago
Marino is good if you want something custom and don’t mind waiting a bit.Posted 9 months ago
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.
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.
Yep me to Dave… Been away for a few years and everything has gone tits up…. Not a clue what to get now.. May just stick with the good old Yelli scream for a bit… Til I get my head around it 😂Posted 9 months ago
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 9 months 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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