- Prince Albert Classic (853) – worth it over the 725 version??
I must admit, last night it was the ‘oooh, nice shiny new frame’ taking hold of me, but I’ve bought plenty of near mint second hand stuff in the past, and whatever I save will go towards any other bits that I want to upgrade (forks, brakes, etc).
On a side note, I’m hoping that I’ve made the right choice.
I’m coming from an ’05 Trailstar LT that I have had for a three years or so, and I loved it, but lately haven’t been riding as much, and when I did I was lazy and just took my NRS. I want to get out to more decent trail centres again this year, so building a new bike seems like a good incentive!!
Only thing I would fault the Trailstar LT on, is that at times it felt a little cramped/short for me, fine when ‘on it’, but any amount of long grdual climbs, or long rides, and it would become more obvious. Looking at the specs, it seems that a 17″ PA will give me that little bit more comfort, but still be a hoot to ride. Hopefully!Posted 4 years ago
Yesterday I was ready to make an impulse buy on one a Prince Albert Classic. I’ve been thinking about replacing my Trailstar LT for a little while and now feels like the right time, lol!
Thing is, I went home, had a little read around, etc and tbh, I’m now left wondering whether the 853 version is worth the extra over a second hand 725 frame.
From reading some reviews, it sounds like the frame didn’t really get much lighter for using the 853, so basically became stronger, yet the original frame is already strong enough (four broken frames since 2004??) – so now I’m wondering if I should get over wanting a brand new frame (I’ve always had used in the past), and just save a few quid and look out for a lightly used 725 version.
Has anyone ridden both, who could maybe pass judgement??Posted 4 years ago
Hallsy, the review you will have read is for the first 853 version of the Prince Albert, not the new Prince Albert Classic. There haven’t been any reviews of the Classic, which is the current 853 version of the Prince Albert.
I thought I had sold all of the Reynolds 725 Prince Alberts, but unearthed 1 x 17″ one, and a few 15.5″ ones in the warehouse move, so if you don’t want to stretch to £250 for an 853 frame, these last few 725 frames are cheaper.Posted 4 years agoLoCoMember
They’re both ace, the 853 classic just feels a bit more lively/springy in a non flexy way if that makes sence.
It give more confidence on faster rougher stuff and also jumps more confidently.
I’ve had a Mk1, Mk2 and currently have a Classic (large) that’s built up with xt revelation (120mm reduced) and pro3/crests and weighs 26.2 with heavy pedals. Lovely bike 😀
In heavier spec. with forks at 130mm and with pro2/819 wheels, big brakes etcPosted 4 years ago
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