Oh one 456 evo review?
I’ve got one, its alright. I run it at 130mm otherwise it feels less than alright, will run it shorter still with a Works headset. It’s grand at speed and deals with the steep well. I’d like it to have a lower bb drop but that’s just me.
Boom, review done.Posted 4 years agodeviantMember
I have one.
I was going to buy a Summer Season a few years ago but went the full suspension route in the end….anyway that bike got nicked (Saracen Ariel) and i decided to itch the scratch and get my first steel hardtail.
I love it.
The 140mm coil sprung Sektors are great and the frame geometry is confidence inspiring when pointing downhill.
It doesnt climb as well as the previous full susser i had but i can live with that, i love the simplicity and lack of maintenance with a hardtail.
The bike is stunning, the raw finish looks great and it looks like it could survive a nuclear explosion.
Initially i wondered what all the fuss was about, yes it was more forgiving than an aluminium hardtail i’d owned recently but i seemed to be missing this ‘springy’ feel that everybody raves about with steel….it all came together on a recent ride when i let the brakes off on a downhill section and purposely left them off despite my brain screaming at me otherwise….the bike was superb, the forks did their thing and i just hung on….true enough it did seem to ‘come alive’ as described in many reviews and i was chuffed to bits at the bottom…basically the faster you go the better this frame seems to respond.
Now i wouldnt swap it for anything, its a keeper and so cheap that i can justify adding a full suspension bike if i go back to that kind of racing…i’m intrigued to try the Evo out on a mini-DH course so i might do that this winter before commiting to FS again.Posted 4 years ago
Hi, sorry to resurrect the thread, twas my ti 456 evo in thread one above. A few comments from an enthusiastic, and unashamed convert. I hate MTB cliche so i will try to be honest. I have 7 bikes, all MTB and ride daily (my commute is through country park).Posted 4 years ago
The 456 cost a bit, I appreciate, but it was a present to myself, the bike I promised myself ‘one day’ if you like. Mangatank above gives an accurate account, in terms I am not able to replicate, but I agree with him entirely.
The 456 evo is incredible. As an aging idiot, my times are being impossibly improved beyond anything I expected (I don’t race, only strava-ddiction). The bike seems to encourage out of saddle climbing, and downhill I risk more than ever, without ever being scared. The bike seems to disappear beneath me (I’m a literature graduate, no scientist!), and scary things previously have become like competetive friends. Love them, but can ignore their dangers, because I’ve found a partner that breezes me through the rocky stuff.
In all, without becoming starry eyed, for a ‘normal’ (I think) MTB rider with a love of MTB beyond the reason of my wife and friends, this bike would be the first thing I saved in a house fire. It IS that good. IMHO.
Luvnkisses, and thanks.thisisnotaspoonMember
i’d owned recently but i seemed to be missing this ‘springy’ feel that everybody raves about with steel….
Assuming it’s a similar construction to the original 456, it’s definately at the “steel for robustness” end fo the spectrum rather than the “steel is forgiving”. I crashed, banged, threw into uplift vans, abused, jumped and generaly neglected mine. Then sold it with “a few cosmetic marks” for £10 less than I paid!
If you want springy steel it does exist, but at the more XC end of the market. My criticism of the 456 would be it was almost a bit “dead” feeling, it was neither springy enough to be alive, or stiff/imediate/light enough to be zippy. It felt like a prototype they’d used to get the geometry spot on, but hadn’t got the tubing right yet. I reckoned it’d make a better bike from alumninium and built stiff. It wasn’t a deal breaker though and I’d have another one.Posted 4 years ago
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