Niche – it needs defining
Hmm, ok, suggestions then …
HS33's +2 at each end, being as they are frankly, a bit odd, and a PITA to set up/keep on top of (ask me how I know). 😕
Maybe a bonus point or two for stuff like:Posted 7 years ago
Oddly mixed parts (ie 26" wheel on 29er forks kinda thing), or having a wheel built on a SS hub vs. converting a freehub, (using those lovely anodised spacers from VeloSolo (no connection, et cetera), plus other spacers are available).
We often see accusations of bikes being "niche " here.
I reckon we need a points system. The more points the greater the nichedom.
Just add to the highly arbitrary list:
Single speed +5
Hub gear +1
Bought as is -10
Big brand name -5
Jones bars +4
Frame material alloy 0
Frame material Ti +1
Frame material 4130 0 (or similar)
Frame material 6-853 +1 (or similar)
Frame material 953 +3
Frame material Bamboo +10
Frame material Flax +5
Frame modifications +2 eg grinding off bits
Frame modifications +10 cut or welded
Homemade frame +20
26" wheels 0
29er wheels +2 per wheel
Other size wheels +5 per wheel
Handbuilt wheel +2 per wheel if by someone personally known
Handbuilt wheel +5 per wheel if by owner
Brakes disk 0
Brakes V 0
Brakes canti +1 per end
Brakes drum + 3 per end
Brakes roller +3 per end
Brakes coaster +2
No Brake fixie -20
Fork telescopic 0
Fork linkage +5
Fork rigid +2
Nichebike owner with beard +1
Female nichebike owner with beard +40
Let's run this for a week with people adding bits, and we'll see what we have at the end.Posted 7 years ago
(Please don't delete bits – if you disagree, just add a disagreement)singlespeedstuSubscriber
ade ward = winner in the niche stakes just for the sheer audasity for riding "preston".
How about posting up pics of bikes and letting STW forumites* judge and give niche points?
*STW forumites= people that think anything that's not a Specialneeds/Giant/some 8"+ freemincebike for riding a southerntrailcentre. 😉Posted 7 years agojulianwilsonMember
Oh, also suggest heavy penalties for carbon parts (say -2 per component and -5 for frame).Posted 7 years ago
And -1 per shimano component fitted?
Oh and hows about plus 5 for ss only if on proper ss hub: converted freehub scores less, as does use of singulator? (ummm, this drops my ss back down to about 6…)freegan bikefascistSubscriber
No Brake fixie -20
assume you meant +20 for that or are you suggesting giving no brake fixie riders credit for keeping it pure (dude) … and being bonkers ofc
Frame Material; Carbon +1Posted 7 years ago
bike frame or major parts with no UK/european distributor +5
Custom finish +5
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