- Riding HARDTAILS down STAIRS!
Hi everyone. A noob question from me: If i ride a hardtail down steep flights of stairs of about 10 to 20 steps frequently, will it cause damage to the frame, fork and wheelset or other parts?
Lets say the frame is NS Surge 2012, fork being Rockshox Sektor RL Solo air and wheelset being Trans Rev 32.
Thanks!Posted 7 years agocampfreddieMember
it used to be part of the interview process for my student house that anyone wishing to move in must be able to ride down the stairs and hop over the front door threshold without knackering the bannisters, wall or door threshold.
this was back in 1998 though… we have matured a little since then.Posted 7 years ago
ahgaot – That’s Plumber, of this parish. His front wheel folded in half about 2 steps from the bottom of these beauties. Teh impressive thing was that as it did so, he simply stepped off the bike, like it was the most normal thing in the world
They’re the steps of Doom in Rammy and are deceptively fiendish, as you have no run out at the bottom of themPosted 7 years ago
Those steps are covered in green slime and are always wet.
What you can’t see is that at the bottom there is a narrow bridge that goes off to the right at about 45 degrees. So you’ve no run out, which means the point-it-down-and-stay-off-the-brakes approach is a non starter. Directly in front of you as you go down the steps are a set of iron railings to stove your teeth in on, then a quite large drop straight into a river. Its very distracting
EDIT: Quite a few people have looked at that video and made dismissive “Pah! They’re a piece of piss! I can ride those!” comments. Its worth noting that not one of them has actually subsequently managed it.
Jus’ sayin, likePosted 7 years ago
Thanks guys for your inputs! Wow the steps of doom seem.. very hardcore. Yeah, after seeing binners explanation, i can figga it actually seems very difficult. Haha. I tried riding down once on a budget hardtail, and the rims were bent to the point that the bike would wobble violently when riding.. which explains my interest in the question abv..Posted 7 years agoEcky-ThumpMember
Steps of DOOOOM
I’m the first
ridermincer in Binners’ vid.
…and yep, that’s a fail! It cost me a new pushlock lever 🙁
First and only time I’ve been that way and they didn’t look all that difficult to me either… but just look again at how the tyres fail to get any purchase at all and skitter off sideways at the slightest attempt to steer…
Are those steps covered in grease??
Yep! I reckon they are.
To the OP, you’ll note that the only ones who were up for riding those steps were on XC hardtails. 😛Posted 7 years ago
You’ll be fine. Your RS Sektor has much more travel… enjoy your steps.
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