Other side of the coin, what bike was instantly right.
07 sx trailPosted 4 years ago
Ti slackline – decided its first ride would be an uplift day at gawton, a baptism of fire that it luckily sailed through!
And weirdly the scrappy jump bike I’ve recently built up based around an 09 specialized p2 frame and a set of u turn pikes wound down – was expecting it to feel awful having not touched a jump bike in many years but I was instantly at home on it, love it.toppers3933Member
My old Santa Cruz super8. Awesome bike.Posted 4 years ago
The giant team dh that replaced it. Also awesome.
The trek fuel ex8 that I brought in 2009. I hope the scumbag that stole it was hideously maimed in an awful collision with something large and heavy.
The ragley TD:1 that I sold earlier this year. Knew from the first pedal strike that it was a brilliant bike. The only bike I’ve ever sold that I really regret selling. Would buy another today.zero coolMember
Orange Alpine 160. Just felt stable in the air or at speed. Capable of going up as well.
Before that Transition TR450, GT Moto, Specialized Langster, GT Ruckus iDrive and Mongoose Black Diamond Triple. All felt right from the start, but over years my riding style and needs have changed. Only one I wish I still had was the Moto as miss hardtails.
Tom KPPosted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Soul… took one out for a test ride, 20 minutes later I was riding stuff I hadn’t dared to. Just so instantly familiar and inspirational.
My Ragley Ti too, but then I’d had an Mmmbop so I knew pretty much how it would work. First proper ride was at innerleithen, slithering down the alistair lees in the snow as if I’d been riding the bike for years.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
My 98 Chameleon with Z1 BAMs was the most ‘right’ bike ever. 1×8, 60mm stem, big azonic bars, it was XC / 4x / F.A.B perfection. Loved it and ragged it till it broke (
My Jones is an amazing bike to ride, more right than I can really understand, but it took a bit of adjusting to. Mainly because once you get used to it, it makes other bikes feel odd, wrong even. Quite different and quite brilliant.Posted 4 years agothreeekMember
My old steel Kona Kilauea with Pace fork in the ’90s – I was immediately surprised at how capable a good steel hardtail could be (this was coming from a very squidgy Cannondale V900 FS).
Cotic Soul, didn’t even ride one to try first. I took a chance on it, hoping there might be a ring of truth to all of the fairly constant hype. My friendly LBS (right next door to my flat) put it together perfectly. As soon as I got it out of the shop onto my local trails I knew I’d (luckily) made the right choice. The bike is way more capable than it’s rider, but it has encouraged me to ride bigger and harder things (admittedly by my not particularly lofty standards 😉 ).Posted 4 years agoloughorMember
I have been lucky enough to have two. Both custom builds, my EX8 and ti 456 Evo.
Gah, failed againPosted 4 years ago
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