- The Buzzard has landed…
So it’s had it’s maiden flight and I’m impressed. It does what I hoped it would – combines the fast, smooth rolling of big wheels with the playfulness and agility of a 26in hardtail a la 456/Soul.
It was super-confident on a couple of technical drops that I sometimes think twice about on my C456 and happy over jumps and being muscled through tight woodsy switchbacks.
I got used to the 800mm bars very quickly but they may yet get trimmed as I had a couple of close encounters with trees.
It’s not light but it’s not Cyril Smith either. My shonky scales read 28lbs or so but I can’t say I noticed the heft over a fairly rapid 2-hour ride.
Think I’m in love.Posted 4 years ago
I rode Cheez’s Buzzard today, back to back with my Yelli Screamy.
There are fair differences in the build (Mine is more XC – lighter wheels and singlespeed) but in terms of the frame ride itself, I didn’t see much in it.
Compared to a Yelli Screamy, the Buzzard frame is a tiny bit heavier, a tiny bit shorter ETT and half the price but rides very similarly.Posted 4 years agoSamMember
Glad to hear those who’ve got them are liking them!
Clobber’s bike (joining the dots…)
Any more pics?
If anyone wants to demo one there is one at Kinetic Cycles in Welwyn GC, and shortly will be one at UBYK in Oxford. Not sure but I think Plush Hill in Shropshire also are getting one built.
Kinetic’s demo (size L)
Posted 4 years ago
FWIW I was initially put off by the burly look of the Buzzard images on the Singular site, and some of the photos. I don’t need a burly bike, I’m more into flowing fun. Ahem. (I remember thinking “that’s a 29er BFe, not the bike for me”).
Anyway in the flesh, it doesn’t look that way, it’s more proportional in my opinion. Cheez’ has big tyres on his at the top of the page, that makes a difference, and a little extra travel. I’d probably buy a Buzzard if I was buying today instead of, errr, 4 weeks ago! VFM is certainly a factor there, my second hand Yelli frame cost more than a new Buzzard, and isn’t warrantied of course.
But I like the look of my Yelli too – this is a medium, de-decalled with 2.25 tyres and 800mm bars, forks at 120mm ->
Posted 4 years ago
Yeah, to be honest i go through phases of thinking it looks good so i should probably just mark down to new bike-itis. I do like my swift hence why i’m also drawn to this, also like thin steel tubing rather than alu purely from an aesthetic point of view. Taking the kiddy style stickers off does improve the yelli, I’ve taken the top tube one off mine.
Off topic how do you get on with the nobby nic on the front? Can’t stand the hans dampf so looking for something else and i’m currently using a mud x which is great until a point. Dampf is great when its dry, fine when its wet but in that claggy damp in between i find it nigh on useless. Squirms everywhere when pushed and doesn’t clear well at all. Wish maxxis would bring out the minion in something other than a 2.5 inch 1kg monster.Posted 4 years ago
That’s a ’13 Snakeskin ‘Nic. I’m no tyre guru, I don’t claim to push them close to their limits, but I do wonder if the knob coverage could go a bit wider – the sidewalls look quite bare and vertical to me and I do think I’ve had it squirm once or twice. I’m tempted to put a ’13 Ron on the front, which looks a bit beeffier than the previous versions.
But Schwalbe make millions of tyres, it’s likely they know more than me!
I don’t think I need bigger than 2.25 tyres for my riding but Cheez’ Buzzard has big OnOnes (smorgasbord? monkey?) on Flows and I flippin’ well noticed on the bermy run in of Evian. That bike just rolled over it like it was carpet. More effort to drag it back up though, of course. Overall my Yelli setup is more XC than his Buzz.
(I am thinking a may take a 10mm spacer out of my forks and put it back to 130mm).Posted 4 years ago
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