- Trials Bike: Am I past it?
Okay, please tell me if I’m kidding myself but I really fancy getting a trials bike. Problem is I’m 32, 6ft 1″ and have no idea about sizing, and if this is maybe a really dumb idea?
My “reasoning” behind this is that I’ve started trying to attempt jumps and tricks on the mountain bike, which I’m really enjoying but also struggling a little bit with. Having never owned a bmx as a kid I just feel there may be some core techniques/skills that I could learn.
I also think I could have a lot of fun in the process. Thoughts? Is this maybe just some sort of mid-life crisis?Posted 5 years agoSwirlyMember
I got a 20in trials bike at a similar sort of age.
Wished I’d done it sooner as I leart pedal hops….one of my life long riding ambitions!
I found pedal hops much easier to learn than on an MTB.
Am at present collecting pallets for a trials course round the garden hoping… my wife won’t notice.
Do it!!Posted 5 years agoolaf_hansenMember
I got a second hand 20 inch trials bike when I was 40 6 months ago, so I don’t think you’re past it yet! I absolutely love it. I got mine because I wanted to try something different, and have a workout in an hour or so. But having been at it for 6 months, I’d say it was virtually a different sport. I’ve tried to rear wheel hop a 26 inch mtb and it feels like a spongy mess compared to the trials bike. They feel very unstable when you first get on one – which also translates as agile and precise later on.
Do you have plenty of time and are happy to spend it by yourself in a car park? It takes a lot of patience and perseverance but you get something you’ve never known how to do before, it’s magic.
I’m going to stick my neck out here – I’m well aware of my skill level. My attempt at pedal kicks below took about 5 months to learn (car park, Camden Town London, a couple of weeks ago)Posted 5 years agoSuperficialMember
By all means get one. Although definitely helps with overall skill and being confident on a bike, but I wouldn’t say it helps lots with jumps. I rode trials for a number of years and I find it helps for balance and putting my bike in the right place, but I notice it mostly when trying to nail tricky techy uphill sections.
I wouldn’t say a 20″ bike is definitely too small – old 20″ Montys are notoriously short but some of the newer 20″ bikes are much longer and don’t feel THAT different to 26″ bikes. Plus you can get a decent-ish 20″ bike for a modest sum. If you just want to play at hopping around the back garden on pallets, then you could do a lot worse than something like this: http://www.tartybikes.co.uk/20_inch_trials_bikes/onza_bird_2012/c10p11578.html
If you get more into it then you can look at spending more money on something a bit better.Posted 5 years agoskaifanMember
Im 32. I have ridden trials since I was 17. Im also 5ft 8. I ride 26″ wheel. I still compete on occasion.Posted 5 years ago
It helps a lot with slow speed control. I am a very slow climber on my xc bike, but on technical climbs, I find myself cleaning things most people couldnt.
Town centre trials wont do much for your riding, but proper pure trials, rocks root, logs banks etc will teach you loads. Itll teach you how to pick a line at any speed and how to use your body to correct your bike.
trials bikes are twitchy nervous little things and if youre not used to them, they have a habit of biting back, but once you have them figured out, they are so pin point precise and agile.
At 6ft 1, I would look out for a 26″ wheel bike. Something long and low. If you can find a bike with a low bottom bracket it will help. Trials bike geo is based on wheelbase chainstay and bb height. Anything 1080-1100 wheelbase will be fine. They all have chainstays around 375-390mm. You wont notice much difference. BB height can be anything from 0 to + 80mm. + 80mm will work brilliantly for pro riders who spend all day on one wheel and do nothing with more than a 1/4 pedal turn but it wont favour a novice. Anything from 0mm to +30mm would be fine. An old echo control or echo pure would suit you well as would an onza limey. If you can find one, a coustellier st blaise would be perfect. 1080 wheelbase. +0 bb and 385mm chainstay. Can probably pick a frame up for less than 100 quid.OCBMember
I’m 6ft (tho’ a bit older …) and ride a long’ish 26″ trials bike.
I did a couple of seasons of competition on it back along, and although I was only ever in the bottom quarter of the results table (at best 😉 ) I really enjoyed those afternoons in an assortment of fields and woods, whilst trying to get a bicycle up a pile of rubble / logs / tyres …
I don’t think I really took anything from it that I could use for just-riding-along, but it was good for balance, strength and tolerance (and proving the value of shin guards 😛 ).
Still goes out every so often now, but that’s a time thing as much as anything else …Posted 5 years ago
Okay, there is possibly a second option here that I’d like an opinion on.
I have a Boardman MTB Comp 2009 hardtail that I used to ride on the trails until I progressed onto my Lapierre Zesty 314 full susser. For most the riding we do, the full susser is great – where as I hardly use the boardman anymore, as I find the riding position simply feels too high and too far forward, to the point I’m over the front wheel.
The components aren’t half bad, so I guess I could potentially look for a more smaller hardtail frame and transfer them across? Would this be more suitable for learning some jump skills on do you think?
Just feel I need something lighter/more nimble for this element of my riding, at least until I have refined the techniques.Posted 5 years agosupertwistedMember
From what you’ve said I think the second option is better for you. By all means get a trials bike if you want to learn trials, but if all you want to do is tackle some jumps and learn to manual or do some pivots, then get a dj or play bike frame.
DMR Trailstar or Giant STP for instance are nice and cheap, good for jumping but can also be ridden with the seat up.Posted 5 years agodmw536Member
I’ve got a DMR trailstar frame up for grabs if you decide to go down that route. (email in profile)
I’ve had a go at all kinds of riding, 20 inch trials, dirt jumping, xc, downhill and it all helps, not sure riding trials will help with jumping more than getting a small hardtail and having a crack at jumps and general messing around on but its still a very fun way of getting confident on a bike!
I also have an onza T Pro for sale at the moment…Posted 5 years ago
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