- What do-it-all steel frame?
I just got a BFe as i wanted a fun chuckable bike but one I could ride on big XC days. I was a little apprehensive due to posts about it being a harsh ride (I am coming from an armchair FS) and “too much”.
I am delighted with it, done a 50k day out (a record for me) inc XC, technical climbs and steepish DH and 3 days in the Peaks. In my view it’s a very nice ride, not at all harsh. Recently discounted to £300 (a Soul is £480). I did start looking at Pig/Piglet but really liked the Cotic’s. I would also suggest you look at a Dialed Prince Albert, I did so and pre-ordered one of their “Classics” in case the BFe didn’t turn out to be what I was looking for, now I have a dilemma as there is no way I will stop riding the BFe so It looks I’ll have two HT’s !Posted 5 years ago
I know there is truly no such thing as a ‘do-it-all’ frame, but I want something that covers several bases as well as possible. I would like an 26″ xc steel hardtail with pannier mounts plus tonnes of clearance at the back so I can run 700c touring wheels as well (I’ve done this before on an old alu frame, and it worked for me). In addition I’d like to have some of the comfort afforded by a decent steel frame. I would need at least a 20″ frame, preferably a 21″. So far I’ve thought of the Ragley Piglet (no pannier mounts?), the Cotic Bfe (too small and not xc enough?) and the Rock Lobster Tig Team. Any other suggestions? Are On-One Inbred’s really stiff and uncomfortable?
Thanks, TomPosted 5 years ago
Thanks for the input so far. I don’t think I could afford a made-to-measure frame, should have said before my budget is £300. I like the Prince Albert, but it only goes up to a 19″ frame, and has no rack mounts (neither does a Bfe). Does anyone ride a Tig Team? Although the shape of the seat-stays suggests there might not be enough clearance to get the 700c wheels in.Posted 5 years agoSprocketJockeyMember
EDIT: Also don’t let the lack of pannier mounts put you off some of your other choices – there are other options out there.
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speaker2animals – Member
Surely you want a 29er? Singular Swift/Cotic Solaris. If you need a 20/21″ frame and want to run 700c wheels for road touring I really don’t think a 26er is where you should be looking.
??? 700c wheels and slicks fit fine in pretty much any 26″ fork or frame and with clearance to spare, the outside diameter being a knat’s lunchbox away from a 26″ wheel and MTB tyre. I run a set with 23c tyres in my 20″ Kona with no problem whatsoever, they also fitted equally well in the 18″ Kona I had before. A colleague does the same (with 25c tyres) on a 17″ S-Works hardtail.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
My money would be on a 26″ inbred, because it has rack mounts and it’s cheep.
TBH steel frames aren’t that much more comfortable, they do flex more though (most noticeably to me in the BB deflecting sideways while cornering and the headtube twists*). I’ve given up on the idea of any real comfort coming from them, they feel different, but I’d not interpret it as comfort, just different. They do look much nicer though!
*the same effect, either the headtube has stayed still and the BB’s deflected, or the BB’s still and th headtubes twisted.Posted 5 years agoalexpalacefanSubscriber
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