- Pipedream Skookum 29er
£100 chepaer than a Solaris, made with 853, can be run singlespeed and with a belt, comes in green (admittedly not that green).
I’d say Cotic have some fairly serious competition here. It’s going on my Xmas list.Posted 5 years agorichen987Subscriber
i was looking at this last night, looks really nice, was primarliy interested because of the belt drive compatability,Posted 5 years ago
A quick goole search shows not many places selling the belt drives.
anyone know of anywhere with prices for all the parts you would need?
Assumming you would run singlespeed do you just need a chainring, sprocket and the belt?
Northwind – Member
Not being funny but is that not exactly what we said about the Sirius, before it turned out that everything they said pre-launch was basically wishful thinking?
Like what? (I don’t remember anything pre-launch about the Sirius, although the one person I know who has one seems pretty chuffed with it)Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
honourablegeorge – Member
They claimed 4.1lbs for a medium, which is lighter than a Soul- lots of folks got very excited about it, talk of it being a Cotic beater. Then that turned out to be absolute balls, the real weight was over 5lbs. Also, pre-order customers were kept waiting for much longer than promised.
Weight isn’t everything, it’s a nice frame to ride, well finished too. But they have history of optimism.Posted 5 years agoletmetalktomarkSubscriber
I have a Solaris and am considering one 😳
I had a Sirius R853. Apart from being a bit heavy (certainly heavier than the Soul I had) it was a great ride.
I think they are subtle in a good way. Stu is great to deal with if a little difficult to get hold of!
Now 10% off too …..
My Sirius in SS guise:
Posted 5 years agoPJayMember
I’m happy with my Sirius and would certainly consider buying Pipedream again. The final CEN tested Sirus was heavier than advertised (I think that the pre-order adverts were based on the non-CEN prototype) but it still turned out to be a great frame that won a fairly competitive What MTB shoot out.
Pipedream do seem to have turned out consistently good frames, but I would agree with others that they do sometimes make it hard work to buy from them.Posted 5 years agoIvanDobskiMember
I had a Scion which was essentially what they promised the Sirius would be and it was a really nice frame both to ride and in terms of finish. I’ve since tried to talk to them about the Skookum but as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve had no joy.
I’m not overly fussed now though as I’m not a fan of the dropouts or the belt drive setup.Posted 5 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
Stu at Pipedream quoted me £200 for the beltdrive setup.
Prices on Gates website come to about £170 for belt and 2 sprockets, + their exhorbitant delivry cost.
i bought my Centretrack setup from the states: bikeparts.com, came in much cheaper.
(I’ve also been offered trade price on a setup by someone at Gates, and the obvious markup is shockingly high!)
I am toying with belt-drive Rohloff Ti Skookum….Posted 5 years agorichen987Subscriber
Cheers for the info IR, may be worth a bit more research on the gates stuff but it does look good and i think that may be worth pursueing, i think a belt drive SS would look rather smart all in.Posted 5 years ago
A guy i ride with has a sirius and it is a really nice frame and rides well.ir_banditoSubscriber
how that may effect rigidity around the joint.
Less so than a suspension design. I had issues woth my Carbon-drive belt slipping off due to frame-flex, but the Center-track doesn’t suffer at all. Any issues are solved with a fat axle of some sort. I use a bolt-in Hope Pro2 Trials. Other options would be the 10mm thru-axle conversions, or nutted Rohloff or Alfine.Posted 5 years ago
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