- What bikes have you ridden and couldn't stand?
I bought a medium SC Heckler, having tested one a coupel of years earlier and decided I needed a large.
I did need a large, but the Heckler was oodles of fun. Gone to a good home now 😉
And a Cotic Simple (that actually replaced the Heckler). Didn’t like that at all.
Borrowed a couple of Orange P7s and didn’t like those either. 😉
Although I did like the Orange Five I once had a go on 🙂
Edit: apologies for excessive smileys…Posted 6 years agotitusriderMember
Mentioned it on the other thread but my 2002 Stumpy FSR was too light, had v brakes, radial laced front wheel, and a really flexy back end. I also took the saddle out to do a run in once and had an unfortunate frame – balls interface. stupid FSR interupted seat tubes 🙁Posted 6 years agonickfMember
Bought a Specialized Enduro S-Works, the monocoque one. Suspension at each end was rubbish (Manitou Minutes and a Brain shock) and never really liked it all that much. Quite glad when it was stolen, to be honest.
Tried a couple of Giants which were dull and were handed back after 30 minutes, and a Cannondale Scalpel (I think) which I really couldn’t get on with. Tried it out at Mayhem and turned round on my demo lap and gave it straight back. Hated everything about it.Posted 6 years agotimcMember
Pimpmaster Jazz – Member
I suppose my biggest mistake was a Cove Hustler. Bought on the back of a Cove HJ, the angles looked fine on paper, but in the flesh was too short (and on paper the next size up looked like a bit of a gate). A shame, as when it worked it was a great bike, but because of the length it just didn’t work enough for me.
This reads like you bought on asthetics instead of actual size!!Posted 6 years agoneninjaMember
Mongoose Teocali Comp 08 – bought brand new last year as it was so cheap and seemed worth a punt for £900 – kitted with Fox 32 140RL, RP23, XT/SLX group, is950 remote seatpost, Stans Flow rims, etc.
It turned out that I hated riding it completely – the geometry, the riding position, the suspension action, everything.
The only good thing was that it was so well spec’d that I made a decent profit on selling the parts when I broke it to sell.Posted 6 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
Sat on a Trek Remedy, the other day, felt awful. Just felt wrong – although a huge amount of the “feel” of a bike is a function of the stem and bars, there was still something about the Remedy that felt off – sat on a Spicy and a Covert and they both felt good from the first moment.Posted 6 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
johnners – Member
Cotic Roadrat. Horrible thing, neither fish nor fowl. Bought it, built it and sold it on within about a month, luckily they were in short supply at the time so I didn’t take a hit on the money. Got back on my Cross-Check and rode off into the sunset. a wiser man.
I quite like mine. You’re right though, it’s hard to know what it is, exactly.Posted 6 years agomrblobbyMember
I brought a ragley mmmbop when they were going cheap and built it up burly with 160 lyriks. Took it for a ride around the W2 at Afan and hated it. Admittedly wrong bike for the job but that had put me off enough to not bother with it again.
Anyway it got boxed away in the shed for ages and I swapped the parts to another bike. Recently started to collect bits for a Soul build and while procrastinating over the frame I thought I might as well put the lighter traily bits on the mmmbop… and it’s now a great fun bike for local woods rides.Posted 6 years agoStopadoodledooSubscriber
On One 456; bought the frame off a mate, thought it would be fine as you hear such good things about them. Was okay I suppose, but felt a bit too long in the top tube. Okay for XC but that’s not really my thing so I sold it and bought a second hand Chameleon frame, which suits me much better.
Had a Dialled PA for a while too. Never really got on with it at all.
As for full suspension bikes, there have been a few I’ve ridden which I didn’t expect to like but did; original Big Hit, Giant AC and Giant Trance.Posted 6 years agoPimpmaster JazzMember
This reads like you bought on asthetics instead of actual size!!
It was the same size as my Handjob, which was great!
But then I bought a mk.2 Handjob and found I sat ‘on’ it rather than ‘in’ it – that didn’t last either.
I think I just don’t fit the Cove sizing blueprint…Posted 6 years agoStopadoodledooSubscriber
Now you mention it, I had a Cove Stiffee for a while. I sold an Azonic DS1 frame and used the parts on the Stiffee. In the end, I bought the DS1 frame back and sold the Stiffee on. Couldn’t tell you what was up with it but it was just not as nice as the DS1 – maybe it was the slacker head angle?Posted 6 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
I slowly grew to hate a Giant Reign for its seamless netrality of suspension response, excessive weight and utter blandness. It had nothing resembling a soul even though it was capable and efficient. Fortunately it was just borrowed.
Owned a Klein Palomino briefly that was just wrong for me and disintegrated regularly to spite me further, though it had nice, spangly paint.
And hated my Giant OCR2 road bike for its ability to actually amplify the smallest road irregularity into something that felt like a three-foot step down.
None of them were objectively awful, but I came to really dislike them all for different reasons. 🙄Posted 6 years agochakapingSubscriber
Not really. I used to tend to buy bikes, ride them for ages convinced that they were perfectly fine for me and then eventually realise they were way too short or blew through their travel or something.
Although I never really clicked with my old Yeti 575 at all tbh. Just assumed I hadn’t got it set-up right for ages though.Posted 6 years agoracefaceec90Member
have never hated any bike that i bought,but just didn’t gel with my 2006 stumpy fsr comp (the last of the pierced seat tube bikes).i did ride a gt rts blue/yellow back in the mid 90’s (only a few 100 feet on the road) and thought if that’s full sus,you’re welcome to it 😉Posted 6 years agogrimeyMember
456 Summer Season. I struggled to find any terrain that was remotely fun to ride on it. Just not my cup of tea. Sold within 2 months.
Marin Bolinas Ridge goes down as the worst bike I’ve ever ridden. We’re going back a few years here but it was a lurching horrible steep frame that was probably a bit big for me and it struck the fear of god into me every time I sat on it… even if I was just riding down the road.Posted 6 years agoPimpmaster JazzMember
Just reading this thread and it got me thinking: if so many people don’t actually demo bikes (myself included), has anyone bought a real clanger? Or something totally unsuitable?
I suppose my biggest mistake was a Cove Hustler. Bought on the back of a Cove HJ, the angles looked fine on paper, but in the flesh was too short (and on paper the next size up looked like a bit of a gate). A shame, as when it worked it was a great bike, but because of the length it just didn’t work enough for me.Posted 6 years agoangryratioMember
One of the chaps in our riding bunch has a really nice stumpjmper with a brain shock, but, he’s got the queerest setup in the world with his stem/bars.
just feels wrong.
Would be such an easy fix.
So as a result you spend the whole time cursing the setup when you ride it.Posted 6 years agosupersessions9-2Member
I had a GT something-cheap frame built as a single speed. it was a dog.
I also had a fixie built from an old frame rescued from a skip. That was like riding a barge. Still commuted almost 3000 miles before the back wheel bearings collapsed and I decided it needed ebaying.Posted 6 years agolynchmobMember
had a kona coiler. never really got in to it the chain always bounced off & it weighed alot. tried chain tensioners etc but as soon as the rear suspension kicked in off the chain came. it never felt right either. 2007 model. never tried the later ones maybe they improvedPosted 6 years ago
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