Show me your Bfe
Just humour me please.
I have a brand new black grape Bfe sitting half built in the garage. It’s stuck this way due to chronic financial retardation.
Still not sure how I’m going to finish it off in terms of forks, bars and stem etc. so I’m open to inspiration.
I have a mate selling some Fox 36’s but they may be a little on the porky side. I’d like to see one with a nice fat fork if possible.
ThanksPosted 4 years agoracefaceec90Member
just out of interest how are they for normal (non x games type riding 😉
are they comfy for doing any distance on?
not that i can afford it at present (and haven’t ridden offroad for almost a year) but am thinking of upgrading my duster frame to either a soul/bfe/on one ti 456 (if funds allowed).
i would only use it for normal riding (as i’m rubbish/slow 😳Posted 4 years agoEuroMember
If you don’t mind me asking you BFe owners, why did you choose it over the Soul? My understanding is they are the same bike but made from different material ❓ . Do Souls tie themselves in knots over rough ground or are prone to breaking and that’s why Cotic introduced the BFe?
I’d like to own a Cotic sometime soon and the Soul is the one i’d go for but i’d be using it for all sorts of riding that would include jumps and DH stuff as well as the usual xc mincing. I’d imagine that the BFe would cope better with the jump/dh side of things but i’ve ridden some pretty rough ground and some fairly big jumps (including many crashes) on a cheapy Marin hardtail and the frame is still going strong which makes me believe the Soul should be up to the task. Thoughts?Posted 4 years agoamediasSubscriber
My understanding is they are the same bike but made from different material
not quite… the geometry is the same but the tubeset is different (cheaper and burlier) and the Bfe has a 44mm headtueb instead of tapered (used to be totally different back ends too but now more similar)
Do Souls tie themselves in knots over rough ground or are prone to breaking
and that’s why Cotic introduced the BFe
Different frames for different things, Bfe is certified for 160mm forks, doesn’t mean you have to run them, or that they ride best with them but you can if you want, Soul is 140mm max.
I would imagine **most** people who bought a Bfe did so because it was a fair bit cheaper than the Soul, and for those that bought because they want the extra strength, I doubt they would have ever actually take a Soul to breaking point anyway. There are of course exceptions but the Soul is a very tough frame, where as the Bfe is a very VERY tough frame.
where as the soul is xc
Not really, it seems to have this mis-conception, its a proper tough old trail frame, it’s just that it happens to be OK as an XC bike as wellPosted 4 years agoEuroMember
Ah! Didn’t realise the Soul that much more expensive than the BFe. I had a quick look at the Cotic site and they were selling some discounted Souls. Unfortunately the only colour they had was orange and i couldn’t ride an orange bike.
orena45 – Member
Euro – this might be a useful read – BFe or Soul
It was indeed, cheers.Posted 4 years ago
Yep, I went secondhand in order to get a blue one (was spotless, don’t think it had ever been built up)
Shame it’s about to go into storage for 6 months while I go travelling, at least it’s something to come back for
EDIT: I like the look of Black Grape, paired with new pikes with black stanchions would look nice 🙂Posted 4 years ago
2nd edit: just seen the pics of the pre builds, needs black cranks though
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