- So which bike was better than you thought ?
So…..Posted 6 months ago
I’ve been on here a while buying and selling looking for the perfect bike I’ve bought new,old,swapped and split all sorts convinced the next bike would change it all well I’ve finally found it.
I’d been hanging my nose over an Evil Uprising for a bit read good and bad reviews but took a punt on one and woohooo it exceeded my expectations ten fold. I’m grinning like a prize tool every time I get on it the Mrs hates it when I take the Evil out she knows it’s gonna be a while before I’m back.
Anyone else expect something from a new bike just to realise it’s actually better than you dreamed it would be ??raybanwombleMember
Giant Reign when I demoed one, after coming off a 2010 Nukeproof Mega – I remembered what traction felt like.
My current bike is a Supreme SX – I bought it because it looked cool and I didn’t think I’d be capable of breaking a frame that’s basically a DH bike with the travel cut down and the seat tube steepened. I was unsure of just how awesome the suspension would be, kind of didn’t think it would make a difference – most of my bikes have been ok – Reign was great for grip and I didn’t think it could get any better than that really.
However, the stability that the SX grants you – and lack of harsh feedback is really quite good. It was a pleasant surprise for me – and it pedals well for such a silly contraption.Posted 6 months agoavdave2Member
I bought a Pinnacle Ramin 3+ last year, it was like going back to my 1986 Rockhopper but with all the improvements that have occured since (that would make a difference to my riding) built into a bike that is still as simple and easy to live with as the Rockhopper was. And it cost around £600 as they had loads of discounts on at the time so only £200 more than the Rockhopper did 32 years before it. I wasn’t entirely sure about it but it’s been a great buy, really pleased with it.Posted 6 months agoslackaliceSubscriber
My PYGA 120 650B, bought it new in 2013 when 27.5 wheels were a relatively new thing in the world of off-road biking and Patrick Morewood had just left Morewood bikes to start up PYGA.
On paper, cos that’s all I had, no real bike to throw a leg over, it just looked right for what I was looking for at the time, so took a not insignificant financial punt and have been delighted with it ever since.
It pisses on the Passporte du Soleil, it goes up and down very well, it’s playful, hoppy yet also has a feeling of solidity and stability. It makes me smile each and every time I ride it and the flame orange colour is sparklingly fab too.Posted 6 months agoFat-boy-fatSubscriber
My 2005 SC Blur. My first full suspension bike and it was a massive change from an alu hardtail. Climbed quicker than the hardtail it replaced, descended way better and made riding for hours on end a pleasure. Wow, it was amazing. So much so that I’ve been a brand tart ever since.Posted 6 months ago
Good question! I’m on the 3.0” High Rollers which seem pretty tough for a plus tyre. You need to ride nice and light and have a decent pressure but yes they hold up for me. I normally don’t recommend them to guests because if you find they don’t hold up for you on your trip… it’s a pain! If you’re a smooth rider and aren’t pushing 110% all the time then I think no issues.Posted 6 months agohonourablegeorgeMember
Cool. Have a plus hardtail, but will be on a full susser for the trip – I have Maxxis DHF/DHR in the shed in both EXO and Double Down – was kind of assuming I’d need Double Down, although there’s plenty climbing scheduled, so lighter might be nice. ANy recommendations?Posted 6 months agohardtailonlySubscriber
On One Pickenflick. Had really enjoyed my Saracen Hack, same kind of bike for the same kind of riding. It fits me much better, is lovely as a road bike, and very capable and lots of fun off road. I was hoping it to be good, but I really really enjoy riding it.Posted 6 months agohodgyndMember
SC 5010..amazing bike.Posted 6 months ago
I don’t own one as the Whyte t130 is/ was almost identical in terms of geometry and I couldnt get a good enough deal at the time of buying ..( my Whyte )
The Bike that really blew my socks off though was a Haibike fat six from a couple of years back ..that thing could climb a wall ..fantastic fun ..theotherjonvSubscriber
a Merlin cycles Rock Lobster 853. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it already….. but it had got tatty and so i stripped it down and sent it for powdercoating. Then when i got it back and was looking at its naked frame and a box of parts, I had this dumb idea to get a spacer and tensioner from Brant and try it as a singlespeed.
I expected to hate it – I thought they were only for riders with quads of steel and dustbin liner sized lungs – and I fully expected that within a couple of rides I’d be selling the kit on here and converting back to gears.
That was about 12 years ago and while the RL is long gone, and I’ve had a Tinbred, an Inbred, a Swift, a Pace and now a cheap Voodoo (after the Pace cracked) in its place, that shit idea turns out to have been the best Trigger’s broom of a bike I’ve ever had.Posted 6 months agolawman91Subscriber
Two surprises stand out, both bikes I rode on Demo days. First was a Trek Fuel EX in 2012ish? Just felt really fun and lively, only rode it because thats all Trek had left at the time but actually really enjoyed. Other is a Yeti SB4.5. Did not expect it to feel as fast as it did, eye-wateringly fast everywhere, up, down, along the lot. If it wasn’t so expensive and I had fewer concerns with durability of the Switch link I’d have bought one over my T130.Posted 6 months ago
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