- What 2nd bike to complement Full suspension
Never felt the need for 160mm full sus ;0)
I’d recommend a boost framed 29er preferably steel that allows for 27.5+ tyres, I had planned to get a cotic, but got a silly deal on a chameleon and I love it especially in 29er 2.3 format, 130mm Fox 34 rhythm,
I’ll happily ride it anywhere, was a blast in wharncliffe the other week, taken it to lakes and cutgate and at times it’s just faster than my full sus trail bike
my mates got a Ti kingdom vendetta again its rapid, someone recommended a pace bike and that looks a beauty tooPosted 3 weeks agojoebristolSubscriber
A playful hardtail. I’ve got a 160mm travel bike that’s LLS and I fancied something s bit shorter /
Steeper (but still modern geo) that wants to manual and pop off trail features for fun.
So that’s what I got – loads of hardtails would fit that description – although a lot are now getting longer and slackerer.
Vitus Sentier 27.5 was what I went for as the frame was going cheap and that’s the wheel size I had. Don’t rule out 29ers though if they have the right geo.
For me as well as a shorter reach I was looking for a lot of standover room and short chainstays (425mm). It’s exactly what I wanted it to be too – it’s capable with 140mm Pikes but it also doesn’t monster everything – it’s hilarious fun.Posted 3 weeks agota11pau1Member
Steel/titanium hardtail, 150mm forks, 27.5 semi plus tyres, stupid short chainstays, medium-long reach, sub-27lbs. FUN! 😀
Something like this 😉
Posted 3 weeks agosirromjSubscriber
BMX, trials or some other kind of play bike would make sense.
Took me quite a long time until I opened my eyes to trials riding. A couple of people on here had recommended a trials bike to me after I mentioned about the type of riding I do due to lack of proper trails nearby. I still went ahead and got a long low (fairly) slack hardtail before I got a street trials bike though. Trials can be play or fun, but even learning just the basic skills is hard work and frustrating and takes perseverance, but worth it.
Also, it’s nice to go out on the street trials bike and not sit down on a saddle, it’s just not physically possible to sit and peddle on it. Go out on it for an hour and your bum doesn’t get sweaty and no saddle sores. It’s also the closest thing you’ll get to a full body workout on a bike.Posted 3 weeks agophiljuniorMember
HT can be quite versatile for bike packing etc, but an XC FS would be a better ride (if you choose carefully and put a dropper on).
Edit – Oh yeah and road bike, tourer, gravel bike, trials bike, bmx, dirt jump/street bike, track bike, CX bike are all valid options too. It depends what other riding you’d like to do – do you go to trails locally and wish you could get around them faster? XC FS would do that (and be fun if you choose well). Do you just want to play? Get a jump bike or something. Do you want to go further afield on less severe trails or road? Well, you get the picture.
Don’t buy a bike, buy a means of doing whatever riding you think you’re missing out on with your current bike.
Edit 2 – for me the second bike would be a commuter, racks, mudguards and tyres capable of a bit of rough stuff, dynamo lighting and built for reliability not out and out speed. It’s the bike I ride the most/enjoy the least, but it’s very useful.Posted 3 weeks ago
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