What LT steel hardtail…
How long is long travel? Soul if under 140mm. If any longer, Davidtaylforth will be along in a minute to call you a knob.
(I’m a total cotic fanboi but I didn’t rate my BFe that much, same great handling but the whole ride feel/quality was a bit deadened, lots of metal in it. Very competent mind but there’s lots of competent hardtails, the Soul’s one of the few great ones)Posted 4 years agoHerman ShakeMember
I really like my Blue Pig X and it feels nicer than the 2 PAs I had (more stable in the front, slacker, more give in the back, headtube/seattube size, mud clearance etc). Being able to fit a tapered fork, 30.9 dropper and route the cable/hose to do so is handy.
If you can grab a 2nd hand BPX then do, the newer non-X frames are £315 here: http://www.justmountainbikes.co.uk/delivery_pricing and at CRC.
Be aware that the mk1 frames had slimmer tubes for the head and seat tube.
It’s hard to describe but the BPX feels stiffer than the PAs, 456 and Latitude I’ve tried but yet with more compliance in the rear end in a good way. I think it’s something to do with the mumbo jumbo that’s been done to the stays as well as the odd butting in the front triangle.Posted 4 years agodeviantMember
Comes in at £200 which leaves you £100 to spend on one of those far eastern Gravity Dropper clones (Tmars, Ice-Lift etc etc)….
It’s what i did, couldnt be happier….its bum basic but takes long forks and wont break, the heavy stiff frame comes alive when going fast downhill, stunning in raw finish too.Posted 4 years agoBillOddieSubscriber
I have a Blue Pig (Mk1) and I really like it but I’m tempted to replace it with the new On One 456 Evo2.
The only reason for me is the lower bottom bracket form betterer cornering. The BB height on BP is just a bit too high.
However it’s not got a 44mm HT so you’re stuck with “normal” steerer forks. This may or may not matter to you.Posted 4 years agoalpinMember
a friend of mine recently broke his Bfe at the chainstay… about one year old.
and why do people say that a 140/150 fork on a frame designed for 120 is the best LT-HT? if the Bfe has the same geometry as the Soul, but beefier tubes, isn’t it just a soul for biffers…?
my 2p, DB Alpine. but then i’m biased. 🙂Posted 4 years agojohnnydrzMember
The 2 bikes I ride this year: Soul with a 140mm Velvet, 1X10, and Evil Sovereign with a 140mm Fox, singlespeed. Everytime I ride with my Soul I tell myself: “man, I’ll never get rid of this one”. Everytime I pick up my Sovereign to go ride the same trails I tell myself: “man I’ll never get rid of this one”… Soul feels lighter, “livelier” and more stable, Evil feels more heavy and front wheel -in-the-air happy… They both sit at 25lbs…Posted 4 years ago
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