- show me your alpines or sovereigns
My old Sovereign, since retired.
I flipping loved that bike – mega versatile and the most engaging ride ever. It taught me pretty much everything I know about bike control. Steeper head angle than an Alpine, so a bit less stable at speed, but much more lively everywhere.Posted 4 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
With the Sov, the main thing is to understand that it feels hyperactive, against the prevailing philosophy of long-low-slack slow handling bikes.
I think it really suits twitchy singletrack and probably Dirt Jumps and 4x (I don’t do that), and just gets by on fast, choppy trails. It makes BMXy-feeling trails like Ashton Court a lot of fun. The big stay clearances make it good in winter filth too.
It’s a perfect foil to my bulldozing FS. Getting back on the Sov after riding the FS for a few weeks shows up how lazy and weak I’ve got. You get a lot of unexpected slides, lift offs and other scary moments that somehow work out. My riding mates enjoy watching the chaos unfold in front of them! As a previous poster said: not the best, stablest, easiest, fastest or most flattering bike, but maybe the most fun.Posted 4 years ago
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