- New Soul..
Very nice. Well I would say that, it looks like mine Only real tip is to ride it and get more used to it, your legs need to work a bit smarter on a hardtail, since they're your suspension but I don't know of any clever tips for that. i've been riding the big bike a lot lately so I've been putting time in on the soul to get back used to it and it does take a bit to get the smoothness back…Posted 7 years ago
Pics are a bit crap, but here's my new pride and joy.
Big thanks to the chaps at Samways Cycles who hat to put up with my constant change of spec and sorted out a mistake with the tyres.
Still a few things to sort.. pedals, cutting down steerer.
First rides were a bit humbling after riding a long travel full sus for many years. Anyone else got similar experience who want to share any top tips ??Posted 7 years ago
Mines the 16", I'm 5'8 and feels good.
It's got Fox Float 140mm. I couldn't make my mind up on the fork length so went for these and currently running them at 120mm with the internal spacers.
I'm still playing with different sag & rebound settings, but it's good to know I can up the travel if needed. I suspect it would be good at 130 but trying to get used to 120 first.
Cheers all for the advice, it's a great new challenge.Posted 7 years ago
I bought my Soul at the beginning of the year. Not as fast or carefree as my FS bikes, but still the one I turn to first, particularly if I'm riding on my tod. Having tried Vanillas 140s and F120s, I've settled on TALASs, mainly run at 120. I've got a large frame and am running a 70mm stem. Great bike on all but the biggest rocky descents, when the laws of physics are always going to make a long travel FS bike better, at least for this technically deficient rider.Posted 7 years ago
ChunkyMTB, I don't think the Mrs would countenance bike No 8! Having said that, the saddle is higher than the handlebars on all my bikes, even the AM Intense 66 – I thought the reverse was an old wive’s tale! Fortunately no back problems, despite 9 hours a week in the saddle. And Cotic don’t make a bigger frame. However, given the advice from wwaswas I’ve lowered the saddle an inch. I’ll see if my knees start hurting!Posted 7 years agocySubscriber
Blimey you have long legs there! I'm 6ft 3in and I run my saddle 81.5cm from the BB centre (36.5" inseam), and there's enough seatpost in my frame. Might be worth looking at a deeper rail saddle to get that extra few mm of insertion. The seatpost needs to be 10mm below the bottom of the top tube (which is around 100-110mm depending on the frame size). However, in terms of the length of lever, assuming you've got that minimum insertion you'll not have a problem as the only frame I've ever broke due to seatpost leverage was a 953 sample which was way too thin at the top of the seat tube, but was the thickest tube Reynolds did. Never, ever done a Soul, and one part of the CEN regs covers this with a 50,000 cycle fatigue test.
Onto other stuff – nice bike Deano. Glad Samways saw you right.
The guy looking to replace his Inbred – 100mm works great, particularly for singletrack and more rolling terrain. Don't worry about the forks you have; get a Soul and use them. It'll be good.
Sizing Advice – The guy's who's 5ft 10in? You need a medium. No doubt. Our medium/large crossover happens around the 6ft mark.Posted 7 years agoletmetalktomarkSubscriber
Well chuffed with mine.
I'm 6'3'' or there about and the seatpost in the pic below is just dandy for my riding.
Pic shows tyres that have long gone. Currently set up with 115mm travel and a 100mm stem but will be experimenting with a 130mm fixed travel fork, 80mm stem and layback post.
Am interested now as to how my 2010 Sirius will ride by comparrison.
Posted 7 years ago
The bike got it's first proper outing at Cwmcarn yesterday. I was a tad nervous about some of the fast rocky descents and expecting the back to be jumping around like a box of frogs compared to my full sus.
Here's the thing… the backend was properly planted and on the second lap I wasn't breaking any more than I would on the full sus.
These Souls are way WAY more capable on the downs than they should be. I've no idea how it can be so good, who cares ! Top bike, well happy 🙂Posted 7 years ago
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