What bike is fun to ride?
I have been off the bike recently and now fancy getting back into riding. I think part of the problem is that I have never felt that inspired by my current bike (Cannondale hardtail), so have been less inclined to go riding. I think part of the problem is it is quite a harsh bike to ride and I’ve never felt that confidence in the level of front wheel grip. I used to love my old Rockhopper before the ‘dale.
I’m now thinking that getting a new bike could help – what ‘fun’ bikes can everybody recommend? I had thought about a full suss, but I’m not sure just because I’m thinking it could be expensive to get a good one. Budget – maybe £1k (including resale of my current bike)
Any suggestions gratefully received 🙂Posted 9 years agonukeproofMember
Its a bit tricky as there is so many bikes out there and most are fun to ride but I understand your point regarding the Cannondale. I know these choices sound predictable but just to start the ball rolling as it were, I’d say if it was FS, a Spez Pitch and if it was hardtail, a 0-0 456.Posted 9 years ago
Excuse my ignorance – what is a 0-0 456?
I would look at full sussers, I guess I’m just aware that I could get more value for money with a hardtail.
Maybe I need to take more test rides – I didn’t really try many bikes before getting the Cannondale. I’m guessing most decent bike shops these days offer decent test rides?
Cheers 🙂Posted 9 years agonukeproofMember
what is a 0-0 456?
Sorry…I meant On-One 456 😳Posted 9 years agomtbtomoMember
It does depend on what you want to do on it but I’ve found the original Giant Trance, Mongoose Teocali fun to ride. Both in rather budget guises, but decent suspension and a lot less than £1000 on places like Pauls Cycles.
Also, the old style quad link Marin Riftzone is available for £899 at some places and I sometimes wish I’d never sold the one I had.
One thing I would say is don’t necessarily get taken in by the hype of “all mountain” bikes.Posted 9 years ago
Thanks for all the replies.
Just like xc riding really, nothing too hardcore. Cannock chase isn’t far away – I really enjoy the follow the dog route. I would like to try out some of the mtb centres up in North Wales, see what they have to offer as it is only a couple of hours up to North WalesPosted 9 years ago
Looks like the point is that its good geometry and good selection of certain components – wheels and forks being the main thing. I’m not sure if the headshock on my cannondale is what doesn’t inspire me with confidence.
Can anybody recommend decent bike shops in West Midlands that offer decent test rides?Posted 9 years agoRRDSubscriber
I don’t know the specifics of gemetry but I have dscovered that a “slack” head angle seems to make a bike “fun”. (Not too sure about Bottom bracket height or seat angle and Top tube length)
In the past 5 years I went from an Orange Evo 2 then to a Santa Cruz Blur LT and then to replace the Evo2 a Stiffee. presently running both the Blur LT and the stiffee.
I love the stiffee. It’s head angle encourages madness and general mucking about. However the full suss is better for all day riding and is quicker as I can pedal through things.
I would consider the Marin Rocky Ridge at your price budget (seems to get good reviews).Posted 9 years ago
I’ll have to try a few bikes out to see what I get on with, but I’ll be a bit nervous about going for one of the more aggressive xc bikes if it means they compromise the ability to ride all day. On the other hand I don’t want an out and out xc racer so maybe there is a fine line somewhere inbetween the two styles
RudeBoy – what if I am Dave’s mum?! 😀Posted 9 years agoel_boufadorSubscriber
If you’re happy with the components on the cannondale, why not just try swapping the frame and fork? Would probably work out a lot cheaper, especially if you hunt out some second-hand stuff.
The big bonus with second hand stuff is that if you decide you don’t like something you can always sell it on and buy another for very little financial outlay.
Top tip here is to get a versatile travel-adjustable fork that will work with many different frames. Something like a rock shox pike.Posted 9 years ago
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