- Recomendations for new 5" travel bike please
think I will go with an orange or the Helius in the end for next bike guysPosted 8 years ago
thanks for the help 😛
did a google search and not so sure about the reliability of the Chumbas?
Orange Five, Orange ST4, Marin Mount Vision. I own a Five and spent a fair amount of time on the ST4 and MV (I've got the 2010 ST4 this W/E actually, can't wait to try it with the new backend)
The Five is the most versatile and hardest hitting (and quite light for what it is). The ST4 is the outright fastest, total singletrack missile, the only bike that's ever frightened me actually (in a good way). The MV is less nimble and fast as the ST4, not as much of a mentalist as the Five. But it's lighter than a Five (only a pound though) and pretty much as stiff.Posted 8 years agosi-wilsonMember
The XCL in that image was a 2004 frame. The XCL frames (like the one in that image) have a very low failure rate, (i think only a handfull have ever broken) and if you dig hard enough you will find broken 5's http://brightonmtb.org/2009/05/13/bad-luck-or/
Good shout on the Nicolai though, they are really nice frames.Posted 8 years agoRocketdog36Member
Yes I suppose you can find pictures of most models of broken bikesPosted 8 years ago
at least it was just the rear end
just a little weary of the carbon strengths with point impacts like rocks etc..
many thanks again guys 😛PeteG55Subscriber
Surely for Jedi the Orange Blood makes most sense? Designed to take a bit of a beating.Posted 8 years ago
Not sure what to suggest to the OP, most of the obvious ones are already up. I will +1 for the Santa Cruz Heckler though. I've got an '06 and its a very underated bike. Strong enough to put up some proper abuse and can be built light enough for all day riding.Big ChrisMember
The truth of the matter is that all the bikes recommended here are high end bits of kit which will all perform well. If you're spending that much money, you have to fall in love with it for the way it looks and/or the engineering excellence. Whether or not it's a long term relationship only time will tell. I used to love the look of my Meta, but got fed up with her bad habit of chucking me off! My Ventana's handling is very noticably better for me, but I'd need a year on it to give a definitive report.
I posted a similar question to yours about 3 months ago & got similar responses. It gave me a focus for researching names I might not have read about in the mags (like Chumba, Ventana & Nicolai). I ended up buying a Ventana el Ciclon partly because a nearly new one came up on STW at the right price. I can highly recommend one. It's beautifully built, looks just how I want a bike to look (ie. straight tubes & classy without being flash), weighs 2.5 lb less than my old Meta & it rides like a dream.Posted 8 years ago
All I can say is that as a 16 stone rider, I've never ridden a stiffer, more responsive bike, but I've not ridden any of the others to compare to.
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