- What Full Susser (AM end of XC) – Orange 5, Lappierre Zesty etc….
So I’ve been riding Hardtails all my life and never had the urge to get a full susser and tbh been quite happy ….and then the arms race started!(and I’m going to get a windfall from selling my car to re-join the company car scheme).
I’m actually thinling not just about the technical ability but also comfort for long XC rides too.
So I was offerred a Lappiere Spicy by a work colleague for £800 little used. This seems good but its a bit more bike than I was bargaining for. I want something that I can climb and decend on for long days.
Having never ridden a full suspension bike what am I looking for? Is the Spicy actually a good climber and decender or would the zesty be a better option.
I’m tempted by the orange 5.
Thoughts, opinions and downright biased plugging all welcome.
Ta, RichPosted 4 years agomaxtorqueMember
One good thing about the Spicy/Zesty is that they are (until 2014 models) the same frame for each, just in different colours and with different components. As such, i can run my zesty on light wheels/tyres, with a light 140mm fork and have a great climber, that sits at around 11kg. Or, i can fit a 160mm fork and shock, big up the wheels and tyres, stick on my dropper post and have a bike that still climbs ok, weighs around 13kg, but can hammer down an “ALP” at a decent lick.Posted 4 years agorazorrazooMember
If you’re OK with 26 wheels I’ve seen a few Turner 5 Spots around at cracking prices considering the original price as another consideration. Great bikes for AM/Trail use. Climb really well and good on the downs too (DW link), suit a 140/150 fork well but can be build up with bigger. This said the Lappy at £800 sounds tempting (depending on age – not sure myself but IIRC some of the older ones had cracking issues so may be best to do some research).Posted 4 years agofazandersMember
I took the plunge with a new Zesty 527 recently and not looked back since. Climbs, rolls & descends really nicely. Initially wasn’t sure about the feel of it all but after a couple of rides and getting my eye in with it I was suitably impressed. No faults with it thus far! (long may that last) 😆Posted 4 years agoFuzzyWuzzyMember
I’d look at a Canyon personally, model depends on what wheel size and travel you want, hard to do better for the money.Posted 4 years ago
As much as I love my Zesty I wouldn’t buy another now (apart from maybe the electronic suspension version if money was no object) and I certainly wouldn’t buy one second-handstilltortoiseSubscriber
Having never ridden a full suspension bike what am I looking for?
Demo days. Seriously.
Full suss bikes are all pretty good these days and if you’ve never ridden one before you will probably be impressed with whatever you get. They can also be very different though. Some people love the Yeti ASR5, whereas I didn’t. Lots of people love an Orange 5 yet lots don’t.
I don’t think you’ll go too far wrong with any of the modern 120 – 150mm travel machines, but some will suit your riding style more than others and the sure fire way of picking which is which is to demo some.
Personally I’m very happy with my Transition Bandit, but I tried a small handful before picking that and had a frame of reference from previous FS bikes I’d ridden.Posted 4 years agoduffriderMember
I would recommend riding getting as many test rides as you can under your belt. Demo days at trail centres are great if you can get to them and they usually offer a discount if you put a deposit on a bike on the day.
Test rides from bike shops are a next best. You can still get a feel for sizing, climbing ability ( if you throw in some hills) and even trail like performance if you can ride it down some steps…..Just don’t take it back to the bike shop muddy!
I plumped for my first full suss after years of riding HT only last year. Tried fives, Fuels, Remedy, trance and ended out going for a Norco Sight 650b.
Finding the right bike is all part of the fun…..enjoy!Posted 4 years agocbmotorsportMember
+1 for a Yeti 575 ( and yes, I do have one!)
I went from an XC hardtail to a long travel hardtail to a 575. My main criteria when I bought it was an XC all day capable bike with longer travel and all round ability. A lot of my riding is XC, but I’ll do the odd trail centre, and go to the Alps once a year, so I wanted something that would do it all. The 575 is an excellent choice.Posted 4 years ago
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