Recommend me a carbon 27.5/650B
Right it’s been some time now and I’ve still not got me a new bike! At the moment I own a marmite 5, which I love by the way! But I’m wanting 27.5/650B full suspension, its got to be carbon and fairly high endish. I’ve already tried a Santa Cruz bronson but it was not for me, has anyone tried the bronson and solo? If so is there much difference?Posted 4 years ago
All help appreciated.mikewsmithSubscriber
I’ve already tried a Santa Cruz bronson but it was not for me, has anyone tried the bronson and solo? If so is there much difference?
I will be in a couple of weeks 🙂Posted 4 years ago
what sort of bike are you trying to build, what are you going to be doing on it. I would own a solo and a bronson if I could and use them for completely different things
I mainly ride trail centres (dalby twice a week), a bit of moorland etc, I ride the downhill and technical sections as hard as I can which I really enjoy, I’m not after a big travel bike though.
As far as the bronson went, its the bike I wanted so much but I kept having pedal/crank strikes when pedalling, don’t get me wrong that can be easily done on any bike if you pedal on the wrong angles etc but from going on the bikes and style i ride it seemed to be a lot on the bronson, I found it faster on the flowing and flat stuff but a bit slower on the tight stuff.
Scott genius was recommended to me but as of yet ive not tried one.Posted 4 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
BearBack – Member
Scott genius hits a revision for 2014 MY.
My first gen 27.5 bike is killer but moving towards lighter 32 floats and fox’s nude rear shock and this will be a raceable yet solid descender.
32 Fox fork on a bike like that sounds like a terrible idea.Posted 4 years agokimbersSubscriber
dirk_pumpa – Member
What was wrong with the bronson
bikeradar reckoned the bronsons suspension was too harsh- so they swapped out the forks/shock and still gave it 4.5 starsPosted 4 years agob rMember
A pal has the Cube FS, likes it.
He’s a big lad and tbh we didn’t realise it was a 27.5 until he mentioned it.Posted 4 years agoGolfChickMember
Have to say I’m quite surprised about the pedal strikes you experienced. Been riding mine for atleast two months now with Pikes and a CTD Fox shock and havent experienced a single pedal strike and my OH has rode it who previously demoed a TRc and hated it because of the low BB height and he didnt have any problems with it either. Even though you’ve ruled it out my vote is for carbon Bronson because I ride one and love it.Posted 4 years agofatgitMember
HiPosted 4 years ago
A mate of mine demoed an alloy Bronson and a carbon Solo back to back.
Hated the Bronson but loved the Solo from the off and ordered one straight away.
I Did a car park test and it felt nice but way to soft and small for me.
It’s blinded up and apparently weighs 24.5lb if that matters to you
personally I think it’s dangerous as at one point it nearly threw me off the trail and a fast speed.
Which reinforces the fact it probably wasn’t set up right, as the internet isn’t rife with people suing SC for their horrific pedal strike injuries…
its got to be carbon and fairly high endish.
What a wonderfully pointless pair of criteria! I’d be looking at a Spark or Genius I reckons.Posted 4 years agoTeetosugarsSubscriber
Steve, What do you mean by
it felt nice but way to soft and small for me.
I’ve been looking at getting a SOLO, but did wonder how it would feel.. I had a Heckler which I hated as it was to “Cramped”, and now wondering if this may feel the same??
Guess I really need to do test ride.Posted 4 years agoneallymanMember
I’ve been riding my carbon bronson since july. Just not getting on with it as well as I’d hoped/expected. If I can ever nail down the reason why I’ll be able to report but for now im just guessing and going through a process of elimination on various factors.
Bb on a bronson is comparatively high btw. 1cm higher than other 650b bikes ive compared it too but it feels high and the numbers sometimes dont tell the whole story.Posted 4 years agoHob NobMember
I tried a Bronson, but couldn’t get on with it, just felt like a typical Santa Cruz (short & steep), which will obviously suit some people, but i’m not one of them.
I prefer something a lot longer in the TT & slacker in the head angle.
It’s a safe bike for them though, they might be quick to market with bikes, but they never really push the boat out with designs. There are a lot of better bikes out there IMO (26 & 27.5).Posted 4 years agostanyMember
I’m amazed there’s only one mention of an Ibis Mojo HDR. I’ve been riding mine for 4months or so and it’s awesome (brings the trail alive, blah,blah,blah). By far the best bike I’ve had the chance to ride.Posted 4 years ago
To be fair, there’s a lot of choice out there now. Just get testing…
Njee20 – I set the bike up my self and adjusted it either way whilst on the trail to try to get it perfect but never did. As far as the childish comments go, I want what I want for me and no one else,
carbon – for lightness.
High endish so I don’t mess about upgrading as I go.
I can see there are a lot of people out there with more show than go but I can tell you that aint me.
So I need to go try a solo or a couple of scotts then!Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
+1 sort of the the RM altitude above, my mate has that one and loves it. I tried the Alu and wasn’t 100% sold and much prefer my Blur LTc. Though the carbon one is meant to be better. They are also releasing the “Rally” versions for 2014 which are effectively the endro race bikes (1x etc)Posted 4 years agoBearBackMember
32 Fox fork on a bike like that sounds like a terrible idea
Then choose the enduro race LT version with 34mm forks.Posted 4 years ago
Nothing wrong with a 32mm fork though.. They’ve done me we’ll for all the technical xc that BC offers.. Granted not with the same reckless abandon my current genius 27.5 with 34 allows!crofts2007MembergavstorieMember
I have one of these ^.. Really good machine, climbs well, descends well.. All I could ask for really.Posted 4 years ago
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