- New Space Chicken – Freeranger
https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBOOFRFOR1700/on-one-free-ranger-sram-force1-gravel-bikePosted 1 month ago
Looks to have just gone live for pre-orders. Massive tyre clearance over tge original SC by looks of it. Typical, given I’d just ordered a new gravel bike as reckon I may well have gone for this, but had thought they were still several months out. Not sure of the red/blue colourway, but the framesets look to be available in a brown/orange, though no pics as yet…MarkieMember
I love the look of the brown and orange one – and the idea of chonky clearance. I’d seen the Open Up and like the idea but not the price. Think the FR is perfect.
However, only one new bike is coming into our house, and Mrs M liked the look of the space chicken and decided she didn’t want or need the clearance, so that’s the way we’ve rolled!Posted 1 month ago
So (on the XL size anyway) 0.5 slacker HA, 10mm longer ETT, 0.5 steeper seat tube, 20mm longer seat tube, 5mm shorter reach, and 20mm longer wheelbase.
Free ranger on the left, Space chicken on the right.
As a space chicken owner, the biggest change for me would be the tyre clearance, with 650b 47mm there’s not much room for mud. I’ll be fittings some 650b 47mm WTB Sendero tyres at the weekend so might be even closer.Posted 1 month ago
I paid £1400 not that long ago for a 650b space chicken with Force 1, so the current prices aren’t great.
Posted 1 month agofaustusMember
OOh, looks interesting that. Love the tyre clearance to make it an XC 29er, just what I want! I’d be after a frameset if they do one. BRANT – are framesets going to be available seperately? I am intrigued by the brown and orange colour, will it look like a 70s school hall curtain?
The new Sonder Camino Al isn’t far off this though, with 700c x 50mm clearance. and a nice grey colour, and reasonably slack.Posted 1 month agofaustusMember
Ah yes, thanks! Ready for shipping…when they arrive on the 10th! I do think £800 is a bit steep, considering the prices the space chicken has gone for, even when it’s not for sale.
It’s an interesting bike, but I compared the geo numbers of my old Arkose, new Camino, and the Freeranger (all XL) and it is shorter and more upright than both. Not necessarily a bad thing, but depends what you want, and i’m figuring out whether more tyre clearance is better off-road than a slightly slacker and longer bike with slightly less tyre clearance. I suspect the latter…Posted 1 month ago
I’d thought about a new Sonder Camino, but ended up buying an Arkose X (nabbed for £966 in an Evans sale / work rewards scheme combo). Full Rival 1x hydro, 47mm tubeless Byeways, lots of mounting points and lots of tyre clearance…collecting tomorrow. Bought to replace a 2015 Arkose which struggled with tight fork clearances using 40mm tubeless 700c Nano’s (came up at 43mm). Would have loved a Space Chicken but decided i didnt want to skimp on clearance this time around. Plus, struggle to get past using a carbon frame for a rough’n’ tumble an adventure bike (i know, luddite!)Posted 1 month ago
Looks a smidgen slacker and more upright.
Geometry is a funny thing, I have 2 cross bikes, ones a degree steeper than the other but with a 10mm longer stem/shorter TT, barley notice it. Its possibly slightly more stable, but neither is really that different.
New one is taller, but thats as much about fit than anything, plenty of people would have had 30mm of headset top cap, spacers etc.Posted 1 month ago
https://www.planetx.co.uk/c/q/bikes/gravel-adventure-bikes/on-one-free-ranger?utm_source=The+Planet+X+and+On-One+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=fbdd0ac485-Free-Ranger&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_561486488b-fbdd0ac485-271438025&mc_cid=fbdd0ac485&mc_eid=5ec45fd970Posted 1 month ago
£1299 for Rival 1x and 700x50mm tyres. Expected they’d have been priced higher than the Space Chicken, but apparently not…
This is apparently the clearance with a 700x40mm tyre:
What’s the chainstay like though, most (road) bikes have masses of seat stay clearance but struggle to squeeze a stay between the chainset and the tyre as the chainline is narrower than an MTB. I think GRX is wider but not mby much, I’m surprised there hasn’t been a move to a ‘boost’ spacing, most cranks these days could comfortably move the chainring 5mm outboard with a bit of a design tweek.
My other thought would be, what’s the clearance like width and height wise?
A 650bx2.1 is the same size as a 700×38 (or thereabouts), which is what the 3T exploro will take, the limitation is the chainstay length/seatube, obviously needs 2.1″ width clearance at the full diameter.
Saying 650bx47 and 700×40 doesn’t really mean much, you wouldn’t fit 650×25 into a 700×23 frame?
I’m sort of tempted by the knock-off 3T’s from China. But for some reason gravel bikes make me nervous despite having Chinese forks on another bike. I think it’s because I kinda expect to take a gravel/CX bike past it’s design limits, whereas an MTB I’d expect the designer to assume it’ll get ridden into stuff.
I’m tempted as a replacement for my CAADX (which in turn could be retired to winter clubrun duty), but I think it’s probably only incrementally better, whereas I sort of know what i want to improve (I want a 650bx2.1 CX bike)Posted 1 month agow00dsterSubscriber
was looking at the Arkose X in Evans last week, does look nice.
I’m a bit of a weight weenie, liking the look and weight of the Free Ranger. I could use the Free Ranger for winter club rides (with different wheels/tyres).
I don’t think I could use the Arkose for fast club rides, even putting slicks on I think it would be a struggle.Posted 1 month agoRustychainMember
I was really interested in the Space Chicken, especially with today’s discount code, but prefer a Shimano drive train. I’ve also had bad experiences with Planet X’s customer care.
I’ve just checked and the Arkose range is discounted at the moment. I’m now very tempted with a D3 or the X….Posted 1 month ago
EDIT: I stand corrected, or maybe it was a typo on the site when I read it, 700*50 clearance is seriously tempting. Presumably that means a 650b XC tyre is infact viable? I like my 700*38/40 CX tyres but want something bouncier for bikepacking. So this is definitely going on the list as a new frame for next winter.
@luv2ride is that the Carbomania frames…? Thought long and hard about one of those, then bought a NS Bikes RAG+, most likely for the same reasons…
Are you talking to me or luv2ride? (I don’t think they’ve mentioned them). I was looking at the Tideace ones as they’re on ebay, and share the exact geometry. Only difference is I think the aero seatpost? There’s another one (miracle?) that’s visually similar but different.Posted 1 month ago
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