- On the other hand, The best bike you ever owned?
[/url]Orange ST4 by matt_outandabout, on Flickr[/img]Posted 4 years ago
A fabulous thing.
Just enough cush on the seated, smaller stuff. Not so much that it was like a marshmallow to get the power down on.
Felt like it had a secret auto-switch to open up more travel at the back, just when you needed it.
By ‘eck it were fast downhill on your average trail / rocky landrover track / red route / forest leckin’ about singletrack.
I miss it.NorthwindSubscriber
I love all my bikes, wouldn’t keep them if I didn’t. But this one’s the keeper, had it for most of my riding life
[url=https://flic.kr/p/nQisSu]IMG_2742[/url] by Northwindlowlander, on Flickr
Very different from how it started out- more travels, more slacks, more carbons, less paint. Er, technically not the same bike at all because of all the replacement parts, I think maybe there’s 100 grams or so of the first build left, and that includes the frame. Basically, some of the pivot hardware 😆Posted 4 years agoWildHunter2009Subscriber
2003 Marin Wildcat Trail hardtail. Bought at university, ignited my love of mountain biking. Its had 3 sets of forks, been singlespeed, survived a million crashes. Not built up as its at my parents but will be again. I remember reading a guy on bikemagic had a custom Ti frame built to the exact geometry of the same frame. I would be very tempted to do something similar if it ever breaks.
I’m also developing some serious love for my old but new too me charge duster frame. SS and rigid and way more fun than it has any right to be.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithMember
[url=https://flic.kr/p/oUrSzQ]Sunshine[/url] by Mike Smith 79, on FlickrPosted 4 years ago
the current one, light enough, strong enough, tough enough, great design just does everything I ask of it. Before that all my bikes felt too much of a compromise with longer forks than recommended or built burly or too light etc.bolMember
I really miss the Sanderson Life which was nicked a few years ago, and which really got me into the whole thing. I agree with Northwind in that if I don’t love a bike I don’t keep it. That said, I’ve loved the numerous Cotics I’ve owned, but haven’t got one now. So, the best bike I’ve ever owned must be my Kinesis Sync.Posted 4 years agoweeksySubscriber
Mine has to be without doubt my Commencal Meta AM29. Despite the fact I’ve thought about selling it more than once. It’s immensely capable, fast, agile and brilliant at battering through stuff I couldn’t ride on 90% of bikes. I’m not the greatest rider ever and as a skills compensator it’s exceptional.Posted 4 years agorhidSubscriber
I have 2 – A Trek Remedy and Ragley Blue Pig. Both are brilliant to ride and so very fast!. Sold the Blue Pig to fund a Banshee Paradox 29er which i am now selling to fund a new Blue Pig. It was an experiment I felt I had to try and am happy to go back. I still have the trek, at first I didn’t think I would like it as it was a from a big manufacturer and I was always into Santa Cruzes or Oranges but I am glad to be proved very wrong!Posted 4 years ago1981mikedMember
Through rose tinted glasses it would be my Trek Y22.. Just because I loved the way it looked. In reality it was probably my Orange ST4, went uphill very well and came down hill quicker than a dose of the tex ritters! Was immensely quick through flat singletrack aswell.
I did however learn and push it more than I have ever done before on the Orange 5 I had.. Bit of a slog going uphill but really nice to fling down the other side.
I have had 3 Cotic Souls though and the current frame is in it’s 3rd stint under my ownership. So I guess the Soul must be up there aswell. Just feels right for the riding I do and love the way it looks and handles.
Ideally I’d have an ST4 and the Soul.. But I can’t justify both.
So to sum up…. I have no idea which one I like(d) the most… Sorry!Posted 4 years agosouldrummerMember
I’ve still got my mid 90s Kona Explosif, which must say something about it. I’ve made it into a single speed and it remains a lot of fun. Other than that it has to be my Dialled Alpine. If ever I am going somewhere I haven’t ridden before it is the bike of choice, as it is so confidence inspiring.Posted 4 years agorobgclarksonMember
it’s this for me, my Yeti Bigtop… it’s fast, light and is more capable than i think a hardtail should be. it’s the only 29er i’ve ridden, the only thing i’d change is possibly a fork upgrade, but i love this bike, make no mistake, it’ll be mine for a very, very long time…
Posted 4 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
My current Five is probably on paper and in reality the best bike I’ve ever owned. Its got a load of nice stuff on it and its as good as the hype suggested it would be but it feels a bit like its ‘just a bike’. Doesn’t stop me having fun on it etc and its a giggle to ride.
So that means its down to my mk1 Chameleon really. Bought when my GT Zaskar was nicked when I was about 18 from Stif who did a completely custom build on it complete with the first set of 5″ Z1 BAMs in the country. It was so different to anything else out there at the time and it rode absolutely brilliantly. Hope C2 up front, XT V out back, XT/LX gears, Bonty finishing kit and D521 CD rims. Was an ace all rounder and I was devasted when that was nicked too less than a year later.
Oddly I built up pretty much the same bike again a few years back and it was crap. Guess I’ve got used to better suspension, better gears, brakes and bloody massive bars.Posted 4 years agoska-49Member
Close call between the Kona Explosif 650b and the Stooge in SS guise.Posted 4 years ago
They are very different but both incredibly fun. This time of year I think the Stooge gets it. Simple build, rigid & ss, means I can ride silently and trouble free and put it away until the next ride.Kryton57Subscriber
Similarly my ASR5 is the best bike I’ve had, and all round I love it.
However, my Enigma Ego 26 is such a well, “enigma” in the way it can swoop through summer singletrack, race XC courses and somehow also handle off big rocks in a 100mm XC guide that despite an emotional attachment, its the one bike I’d keep.Posted 4 years agolungeSubscriber
Planet-X Jack Flash, bought from £28. When built properly with rigid or light ish forks, 1x drive chain and reasonable wheels is was the most fun bike I have ever owned, like a bog BMX. Sadly, I decided to spoil it by adding biker forks and heavier wheels in the hope of building a mini-DH bike. Then I hated it and sold it.
That or my Orbea roadie. Faster than I ever will be and fits me like a glove.Posted 4 years agofinbarMember
My mk1 Chameleon. 14.5″, v-brake, singlespeed, plush 80mm Marzocchi oil forks on the front.
The phrase “hooligan hardtail” never made sense to me until I rode that bike. It just begged to be hopped and launched off every single curb, wall, bump, hillock and speedbump in site.Posted 4 years agothe wandererSubscriber
My 2003 Turner 5 spot – I rode that thing for 8 years all across UK, Europe, Oz, NZ, US & Canada. It took everything in its stride. Built with Marzocchi Z1s, XT, Chris King and Magura Louise brakes I hardly changed anything in those 8 years – just consumables.
My 2011 5 spot is a real improvement, I love it but I still haven’t got the same affection for it as the old one.Posted 4 years ago
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