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  • 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.

    paulo6624
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    Nice looking bike mate,Love the colour

    coogan
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    Love my Alpine. Fantastic bike. It looked like this when first built. New bars, brakes, cranks etc since then. Had it over 5 years and no plan to replace it. It’s too much of a larf.

    paulo6624
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    Is it a 16″ frame coogan?

    kudos100
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    Had both, Sov is the best by a mile.

    coogan
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    That’s a good question, yes, I think it is. I can’t remember. Did there used to be a choice of top tube length in the MK1’s?

    Had both, Alpine is a great bike but the Sovereign is more fun.

    paulo6624
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    Planning on building a new ht over the next couple of weeks, thinking of one of the above.
    Let’s see yours for some inspiration

    paulo6624
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    Unfortunately I’ve just been having a Google and SOv frames don’t seem to be available anymore 😥

    Get a Mk1 off the wanted here – you will not regret it

    koolaid
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    Considering selling my medium frame if it is of interest.

    paulo6624
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    Hi koolaid it would be pics and price please mate

    munrobiker
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    Had this for 6 years and it’s flippin’ well good.

    warpcow
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    Untitled by warpcow, on Flickr

    Got mine when CRC were dumping them last year. Best bike ever? Possibly not. Most fun bike ever? Definitly! As above: it’s just so ridiculously versatile.

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    (PixUp) by Chris_Read_3, on Flickr

    Here’s my Alpine – love it!

    Seems that those who have ridden both agree that both bikes are great but that the Sov has a little more to it. What are the key differences? geometry?

    Been through some changes since this:

    Going to try 650b wheels in a couple of weekend’s time.

    paulo6624
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    Definatley leaning towards a sov although they are all great looking bikes

    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.

    paulo6624
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    is anyone selling a sov frame, cant seem to find one anywhere

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