Orange ST4 Pics and view
As promised, some better pics of my ST4. Seems the sun today on white paint = ‘halo’ effect though….
Impressions after a few short rides and one longer one = WHOOOOOOOSH!
This bike climbs very well, and (i know its a cliche) but a gear or two faster than others. On wide landrover tracks its just sit n pedal – on rougher bits (like Houndkirk tonight) it just flies up stuff.Posted 8 years ago
Downhill is great as well – speed, speed, speed – again on easy but rough tracks like Houndkirk it just seems to have more than 110mm of travel – it feels like a short travel bike, until you jump or hit something really hard and it seems to have a reserve of travel somewhere. On the Plantation it was great – certainly didn’t feel short of travel on the bigger bumps and steps. It sits up high in its travel – not much sag – reacts to small bumps well but you can tell its not dropping into bumps like a longer travel bike.
On steeper stuff DH you can feel the low BB – it turns brilliantly, and feels low. Not clipped a pedal yet. I preferred my 29er on really steep rocky / stepped bits – I think the big wheels are ace on steep steps/rocks!
The rear is a bit flexy when really pushed I think – especially shown up by the brilliantly directional F-120 QR15’s – steering compared to my Reba 29’s is staggeringly good – a couple of time I waited for the bike to twist onto a line, and it just carried on where the bars were pointing…
The mountain kins I am not sure of – they seem to slide/wash out a bit and seem bouncy on rocks. 😐
The juicy 3’s have a really bad ‘grabby’ spot on the front disc – I tried some cleaner today and it didn’t do anything. Its so bad at slow speed you can feel the bike pitch back and forth as it grabs – and slides you around off-road…the rear is low on power as well 😐
I reckon with some new tyres, and the brakes sorted it will be fabulous. To be ‘perfect’ a maxle rear would be great 8)
Summary – did I say WHOOOOSH? Great on wide open, rocky stuff – I think it will be fabulous on somewhere like Corrieyairack / big hill stuff / big days out – without being wallowy.
Ridden 5, and owned a Sub5 for 7 years….
Compared to both it climbs better, feels faster and lighter – and I don’t notice the 20mm less travel. Also a bit nippier. I bet on really big rocky stuff I may notice the 20mm – but thats only a few percent of most of my rides…Climbing is way different in granny – that ‘pull the wheel under’ feel that I liked on the Sub5, but stalled you at times on step ups etc is gone – its much more active on techy climbs.Posted 8 years agostumpy01Member
Oh man….that looks well nice…..
When I finally (if ever) get round to replacing my bike, my list of possibles is getting even longer….
Stumjumper FSR (because mine has been so good, I have to consider a new one)
Trek (can’t remember the name – white, gold and black, now brown & white, I think)
I think a road bike of some description will have to come first – possible a Spesh CX – Tricross or whatever they are called.Posted 8 years ago
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