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  • Premier Icon Speshpaul
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    Well it had to happen.
    Al and Kate at Plush Hills are Cotic dealers now and i walked it πŸ˜€

    P2221308 by paul.sal, on Flickr
    Its rather nice, proper excited about getting out for a spin tomorrow.
    Some mucky pics to follow.

    Premier Icon oxym0r0n
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    Looks nice – haven’t ridden minefor a few weeks cos of the flooding πŸ™

    bigh
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    Congrats. Love mine to bits, especially in mud

    Premier Icon Bregante
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    Some mucky pics to follow.

    Steady on mate, I know you’re excited but you don’t want to get a ban πŸ˜‰

    Great bikes. Been out on mine today πŸ™‚

    prawny
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    Mmmmm.

    That is all.

    Premier Icon DarrenH
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    Very nice! Needs some green grips though πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon Speshpaul
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    Oh I think i may be strangely drawn towards hope team green bits πŸ˜†

    Premier Icon ratherbeintobago
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    Oh I think i may be strangely drawn towards hope team green bits

    If you’re not sponsored, that’ll be expensive…

    Premier Icon Speshpaul
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    I’m sponsered, but by the NHS not Hope!

    Premier Icon ratherbeintobago
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    I’m sponsered, but by the NHS not Hope!

    Aye, me too πŸ˜€

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    Red hubs. All green bikes should have red hubs.
    And get rid of some of that vast chainring collection.

    slackalice
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    And get rid of some of that vast chainring collection

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    Is he not allowed to run a triple if it suits his preferred style of riding? πŸ™„

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    I see no DPC on that wall.
    (Want btw, really want)

    Premier Icon Davesport
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    Nice bike…Near identical spec to mine πŸ˜€

    Sack the tyre fitter. Front tyre/Rim logo’s are miles out πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon Speshpaul
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    “Sack the tyre fitter. Front tyre/Rim logo’s are miles out”
    Derrrrrrrr, its valve and logo.

    Anyways.
    4mile road climb was easily despatched (oh how he lies) dispite the wind and rain.
    Then over the top offroad, very nice. very stable and very fast.
    So far so good, pleased bunny πŸ˜†

    20140223_120050 by paul.sal, on Flickr

    woods were a little cut up in places.

    20140223_124003 by paul.sal, on Flickr

    the front mech is a little congested. its FM771 with dual pull so i’ve sawn the bottom pull lever off so that should free up a little more space.

    20140223_124745 by paul.sal, on Flickr

    Premier Icon langylad
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    Lovely looking trail Spesh, which part of the world? Bikes not bad either!

    Premier Icon Speshpaul
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    Stiperstones, sunny shropshire.

    grievoustim
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    Bah – posting photos = hassle

    Premier Icon oxym0r0n
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    Let me join the love-in!


    IMG_0452 by oxym0r0n, on Flickr

    Now with Hope BB, MT6s and 10 speed XT/SLX/Works

    grievoustim
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    Try again – here’s my new Solaris .

    jonba
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    Solaris, ff29, fireline or wait for on-one to release the parkwood.

    These do look nice, and I love steel bikes but then the weight weenie racer in me says get something light.

    Joe
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    Oxymoron…that is the most tastefully build bike i think i’ve ever seen.

    Premier Icon ratherbeintobago
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    Solaris, ff29, fireline or wait for on-one to release the parkwood.

    El Mar?

    slackalice
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    Actually, looking at the minuscule amount of mud clearance between the rear tyre, front mech and seatpost, I now find myself agreeing with takisawa, irrespective of whether a triple or double is required πŸ˜‰

    No doubt a lovely bike, but in claggy mud, that would wind me up.

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    Are you not supposed to use a top swing front mech with the Solaris?

    663sqd
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    Top pull front mech is right shortcut. .
    The green looks great!

    Just been to afan for a weekend of joy on mine. . My mate has the same. . Two solari out eating up the welsh trails!
    The solaris ate the trails up, fantastic. . I did all my climbs with fork at 100mm then wound out to 120mm for the descents. . The fox adjust fork was lovely and plush. . The solaris handled better and more grounded then a previous yeti asr5 I have owned, which says a lot about how good the steel framed hardnut is!

    Enjoy the bike!

    663sqd
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    Oh, further to that, I experienced some serious mud, and tyre clearance wasn’t an issue, neither did front mech become tight, all fine. .

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    Here’s mine.


    Worcester Beacon at Sunset by Alex Leigh, on Flickr

    Originally had a HD 2.35 in the back. Very tight. Ended up chopping the extra bit of the top swing mech off. Switched to a 2.2 tyre as well. Since then no issues at all. Swapped out that Reba for a Rev at 120mm which I was worried might affect the superb handling, but if anything it’s even more fun.

    Premier Icon Speshpaul
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    “Solaris, ff29, fireline or wait for on-one to release the parkwood.”
    i can’t comment on the others, but i’ve just come from a FF29 to the solaris. on my dodgy scales 200gm difference.
    Now that is either not much or quite alot depending on where you start from. but I’m happy with that.
    i liked the FF29 but i never loved it. At 6ft i’m right on the change between a med and a large. All advice was towards the large (no demo bikes at the time.) But they are a tall frame, maybe a medium would have been the way to go.

    front mech.
    Low band will foul the rear wheel, has to be a high band. Cutting the bootom pull arm off has opened up the gap.

    sorry not really getting the single ring thing. i’ve got a double on the FSR, but that can run out of gears on the top end, but the increased chain ring clearence is good on a FS.
    the 29er will be used for big days out and multi days, the FF29 spent a lot of time in the big ring, more than my 26in hardtail. Also if i’m at the end of a big day or are carrying kit for a over night then 22t is might be nice to visit.
    I’ve tried 32/22, and missed 42.

    Premier Icon roverpig
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    Does the Solaris feel any slacker than the FF29 (with the same fork)? I’m also in the situation of liking, but not loving, my FF29. Actually I do love it on the way up, but coming down it just feels a bit steep; like I’m perched right on top of that front wheel. Obviously I can shift my weight back, but it still feels as though my hands are just too far forward relative to the front axle. On paper the Solaris geometry looks pretty similar though.

    Nice build speshpaul…here’s mine (for the love-in):

    Photo is 18 months old and just after it was built. XT 2×10 drivetrain, SLX brakes, F29 100mm forks. Considering treating the bike to a new SLX clutch mech and I may go with a 1×10 setup now that I’ve got a e13 top guide and works components 32T ring.

    Very tempted with 120mm forks too. Very tempted. Dropper also. Might swap out the front ardent for a high roller too.

    At present though very happy with the bike. A great all rounder and the go-to-bike.

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    Andy
    Climbing, very pleased with it so fair- thats one proper tarmac slog and a some off road techy stuff.
    On the downs feels good, i’ve not had the same over the front feeling on either, what size stem are you running, 80mm here with a setback post.
    if you are anyway near shropshire you are welcome to have a feel πŸ˜€

    On paper the Solaris geometry looks pretty similar though.

    The FF29 is 71 deg with a 100mm fork static, the Solaris is 71 deg with an 80mm fork sagged – so about 2 deg slacker with the same fork.

    Premier Icon roverpig
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    Thanks folks. I couldn’t tell from the Kiness site whether it was measured sagged or static (and hadn’t spotted the different fork lengths either). It’s tempting to try something properly slack with shorter chainstays (like a Singular Buzzard), but I do like the tight handling of the FF29 most of the time and 2 degrees off the head angle is already going to be pretty noticeable I guess. Certainly food for thought.

    I’m currently running a 75mm stem with 720 bars, so there is scope to go shorter and wider there too. Nowhere near Shropshire though and currently off the bike with a broken arm anyway πŸ™ But that just gives more time to plan new builds πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon Speshpaul
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    Singular Buzzard- get a test ride. some people love them, i wasn’t impressed, had it for 2 weeks stopped riding in the end. it did have some terrible mazza forks on it thou.

    messiah
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    This is slack up front and unfashionably long out back.

    I think it looks quite good.

    Early testing is positive.

    Premier Icon roverpig
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    Thanks. A test ride might be tricky to organize though. What was it (apart from the fork) that you didn’t like?

    Staring at the geometry charts I guess the head angles are not so different. The Solaris is 71 degrees at 470mm A-C and the Buzzard is 69 degrees at 500mm. So what’s that? About 0.5 degrees difference with the same fork? The biggest difference (I guess) would be the shorter chainstays (425mm vs 440mm) and the shorter ETT (595mm vs 625mm for the 19/L size) on the Buzzard.

    Premier Icon Speshpaul
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    i really wanted to like the Buzzard, but we didn’t get on. i’d have another go with decent forks, but it seemed heavy and unresponsive. i really struggled to make it climb. it just didn’t have that POW! factor. seemed heavy/dead. It was the same bike that chips reviewed in the mag about 14 months ago and he liked it.
    i was given it to demo for a couple of weeks, and i was almost sold as i pushed it out of the shop. but we didn’t get on.

    Is it wrong I’m selling mine?

    On a front mech note – you’ve done the right thing, OP. πŸ˜‰

    4130s0ul
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    Pimpmaster, if you’re thinking of selling yours can you PM me some details?
    thanks

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