STW Advice – Dialled Alpine MK3 or Stanton Slackline 631
I’ve narrowed my hardtail choice down to one of these two frames.
Both have geometry that i like and the only real difference is the 631 tubing and the seatpost size. Price is simillar but the Alpine i have to wait two weeks for and i’m not, as daft as it is, happy with the colour choices really.
Anyone have any preferences or advice at which one to go for?
Oh i will be running 140 forks and a 2×10 drivetrain.
This will be my only bike and it is mostly for larking about in the woods.
ThanksPosted 4 years agoalpinMember
Alpine better steel and a proven design with great back up (and they produce a t-shirt stating “steel is real”)…
Stanton, cheaper steel. not been around so long.
Bfe, overpriced and beefed up gas pipes with geometry optimised for 120mm fork. (and a mate recently snapped his chain stay after two years).Posted 4 years agoMrFannayMember
Slackline for 15 months now, rode both plus BFe and a Genesis before deciding none of them cornered like the Slackline also it’s the first hardtail I’ve been able to ride all day with no lower back pain (old git) the FS Yeti that cost twice as much hardly see’s the light of day.
150mm Revs, 2×10 & chaindevice, 50mm stem 760 bars….. an absolute hoot 😀
Edit: PS, once airbourne it feels absolutely neutral 50/50 balance if you like that sort of thing, very confidence inspiringPosted 4 years agolungmanSubscriber
I’ve ridden/own both ok original alpine that was a great bike downhill but sluggish otherwise. I thought the bfe was overrated but must be honest I love the slackline a great hard tail lively and surprisingly comfortable for a hard tail. Ok I have the ti version but the geo is the same.Posted 4 years agoBrownMember
Yet cheaper than either a Slackline or an Alpine. Or pretty much anything else bar an On One
and beefed up gas pipes
Yet an 853 down tube…
with geometry optimised for 120mm fork,
You want more? On a hardtail? And they ride very well with 140…
(and a mate recently snapped his chain stay after two years).
So did mine. And Cy replaced it for him.
You don’t really know what you’re talking about, do you?
I’d not mention it if you weren’t talking such complete bobbines, but I’ve won Gravity Enduro rounds (hardtail cat) and podiumed at 24 hr races on them. So yeah, rubbish bikes. Souls/Bfes are great fun.
On the other hand, I’ve just bought a Slackline. It’s not as well finished, but it’s longer, lower and stiffer. Better at playing in the woods and going fast downhill, but also heavier and possibly a little less lively for XC stuff. Depends what you’re after. I now have the Slackline built up for ‘fun’ and my battered Soul for XC.
I’ve not ridden an Alpine.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve nothing against Cotic, in fact if Souls were in stock in small I’d be posting pictures of my build now. My budget is £500 max but the less the better.
The BFe, again, comes down to colour choice. I had a gritstone and i’d like something different, I just don’t like the green.
That slackline is beautiful.
Does anyone happen to know the standover on the 16.5 Slackline?Posted 4 years ago
I can help there ->
Both since moved on as I got into 29ers, FWIW I preferred the ride of the Love/Hate to the Soul. I’m thinking I should have kept it actually. They’re both size small, I thought the L/H was a medium and sold it that way then the buyer had to correct me!Posted 4 years ago
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