Other side of the coin, what bike was instantly right.
All of jeff jones frames I’ve ridden..steel, ti, diamond, truss..all just feel right straight away. Elsworth epiphany, felt virtue and my black sheep have also just clicked straight away. Some of this could also be down to the fact that I’m super precise and anal with my bike builds and set ups, so I know that the first ride on something I’ve put together should feel spot on.Posted 4 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
Not a chance I’d get on a bike and it would be just right – ok, maybe, but it would be a fluke.
Always something to change from stock.
’97 Lava Dome – great bike, but never been ‘right’
’06 Enduro – felt almost right straight away, but became less so with time
’08 S-Works Enduro – feels almost there now, 4yrs after I built it and have changed it lots along the way.
I started a similar thread a few weeks back.Posted 4 years agoon and onSubscriber
2004 litespeed obed – friking awesome frame.
Love getting out of the saddle and hammering it up hills
Cannondale scalpel 2012 – just fits and rides like a super comfy hard tail.
One special bike i’ll never sell.
Beone carbon team frame 2012 – very light 1000 grams and just the most responsive geometry.
Strange but true, 2010 dahon mu XL sport – mental fun for a commuter. Rides far better than you’d think it should for a folder.Posted 4 years agosamuriMember
Mk1 Inbred. Wonderful, it was like I’d found an old friendPosted 4 years ago
The very first pompino.It felt pretty good from the start but then we just fell in love. On paper it was too big, too heavy and ugly as hell.
In reality it was perfect. More smiles per mile per pound than any other bike I’ve ever owned.LionheartMember
Not many straight off, but ones that feel / felt right:Posted 4 years ago
Inbred SS, bought 2nd frame years ago, built with all the scrap bits, which I have never changed/had to service or replace – don’t think it would suit many but always feels, within metres, to be just right.
My Cotic Soul Mk 1: again bought very used and built up with ‘grunge’ parts, loved it, it was always great everywhere
Years later, trying to get that feel again, bought a new Soul, has never been the same : ( did I change or is that different
My Merlin ti so different when new to any thing else up to then and still feels great until you point it down steep stuff
Blur 4x, needed to shorten stem twice, increase width of bars twice but now ‘bloody’ fantastic on any thing with a downwards slopewreckerMember
I had a knolly endorphin which is the best descending 140-160mm bike I’ve ridden before or since. Bit of a pig on the climbs. Then I had a DW 5 spot which climbed like a monkey but I just couldn’t push it pointing down.Posted 4 years ago
I now have a LTc which as an all rounder I’d utterly fantastic. It really shines in the corners and likes to get off the ground. Bonded with it as soon as I got on it. Can’t see me ever selling it.
I don’t miss the spot, just a bit too mild mannered although I do miss that batshit crazy lunatic knolly sometimes.muddydwarfSubscriber
Marin Wolf Ridge 6.8 2009 model.Posted 4 years ago
Its heavy at 33lb, but its the only bike ive ever sat on on & thought “yes”.
Fit me perfectly, bars/stem/saddle all original although it now has a dropper post. It goes uphill well enough for such a big bike and downhill is a complete blast!
Its the first bike i reach for even when the route calls for the XC bike, its just so nice to ride.seanthesheapMember
Niner air 9 scandium, amazing from the start and felt great even with heavy wheels and tyres on, was gutted when it broke, and when my girlfriends broke in the same place i decided not to have another niner, i replaced it with a solaris which despite being steel manages to feel loads harsher than the air9 but still more flexy and less responsive.Posted 4 years agochakapingSubscriber
1997 Team Marin – Couldn’t believe how light and fast MTBs had got when I first rode it, or how powerful V-brakes were. Love at first ride and the relationship lasted a decade.
2007 Giant Anthem Zero – Ditto, but with disc brakes and (3.5inches of) suspension.
2010 Zesty – Demoed one out of curiosity, had to buy one. Loved how it pedalled and handled so nimbly for a 140mm bike.
2011 Foxy – Bowled me over staright away with its cornering ability and stability. If it hadn’t turned out to be a tad long I’d have kept it.Posted 4 years agoneninjaMember
My 2010 Giant Anthem X – felt super fast and I loved it on XC trails.
Nicolai Helius CC 2009 – built it up new in 2010 and instantly knew it suited my riding. Fitted a new shock to replace the DT Swiss on but it was basically right from the start. Still riding it now and no intention of changing it for the foreseable future especially since fitting a Revelation Ti fork which works so well with it. It feels so plush and like it has much more travel than the 5 inches on offer.Posted 4 years agoandehMember
Ahhhh, my BFe!
You know when you just jump on something, and it’s light and responsive and that little bit springy and accelerates well and is easy to handle in the air and stable at speed and just a complete barrel of monkeys to ride. That. I have been known to quote that I could never love a human child as much as I love that bike…..might be a bit strong, but it’s definitely a keeper 😉
My previous bike was an Intense Tazer VP, I think the contrast between the 2 really cemented the BFe as “right” for me. It was mushy, awkward, and short.Posted 4 years agoKryton57Subscriber
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Intense Tracer 275. About 50 pedal strokes in, I knew I had to have it.
After testing about 6 120mm bikes on consecutive weekends, I jumped on an ASR5. I got exactly the same feeling. That was a Sunday morning, there was one in the post 24hrs later.Posted 4 years agocrankbreakerMember
Cotic BFe. After getting rid of my Chameleon and getting a Kona Coiler to do the Mega a few years ago I got to missing having a hack bike I could just pick up and go ride anywhere. Built it up for about £500 with Pikes and a load of bits I had lying about and it just seems to fit the bill perfectly for me.Posted 4 years ago
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