- What XC bike?
2012 spark 10 frame
Fox float 120
DT Swiss tricon 1550
FSA afterburner 386 27/39
Xt 11-36 drive train
Magura 180/160 MT8
2.4 MK2 with 2.4 XK rear for race day
Gravity light CSI flat bars
Amazing bike but sidelined by my new 27.5 genius for now 😉Posted 4 years ago
Shock is good. works as its supposed to for all intents and purposes.Posted 4 years ago
Old Nude (1) was pretty pop. I blew 3 in the BC Bike Race. Newest generation of nude (2) is far far better.
Even the nude on the Genius gets mediocre mag reviews, but to be honest I don’t find it bad or a hindrance at all.
I’ll be interested to see just how much better the Fox Nude will be on the Scott platform. The Spark/Genius is very good, and now Fox have the nod as oem supply.. its can only get better.Kryton57Subscriber
I know Toxicsoks well enough to know its been looked after too…..Posted 4 years ago
Spark, Anthem, Epic, Superfly 100.
I personally don’t really like the Sparks, you have to use the Tracloc to get the most out of it IMO, and I can’t be bothered with that!
Anthem would eat any xc-fs any day ask liam killen or adam craig…
Except they don’t. Good bikes they are, but as with anything there’s no single best. Anthem’s never won a World Cup race, so the example’s a little flawed 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Ok then suggest the s-works to the OP to have that world cup badge
You said the Anthem “eats any FS bike” because it’s ridden in WCs. Well… virtually all XC FS bikes are ridden in WCs, but quite a few have actually won them, unlike the Anthem, so it’s a flawed analogy. Where in that did I tell the OP to get the S-Works Epic?
I know it sound silly but not a fan of the cable routing under the down tube, cant put a full length outer on, or can you?
My 2009 one had full length outer under the downtube, there’s never anything stopping you, they used to use clamped on guides, so it would be fine. Not studied the newest ones.Posted 4 years agoandrewhMember
Test ride is a must. FWIW I tried a Spark, best climbing bike I have ever ridden by a long way but could not get on with it in the twisty stuff.
Warranty is also a factor I consider on new purchases. From my experiance Trek and Marin have been excellent, Yeti (since they changed inporters) and Pace much less so.
Just looking at the Epic and they look pretty nice too. I know it sound silly but not a fan of the cable routing under the down tube, cant put a full length outer on, or can you?
If you are happy to zip tie the frame you can route a full-length anywhere really.Posted 4 years ago
For XC hard to beat epic – rides like it has a hidden engine – but IMO pricing is silly so Anthem is a good second choice and much better value. Unless there are good epic 2013 bargains around.
Not that bad are they? £3200 for a Comp Carbon, Anthem X Advanced 1 is £3500, Spark 910 is £3700.Posted 4 years agomunrobikerMember
Anthems are spiffing, but none of these bikes will ride like a Five downhill, nowhere near close. I own a Five and an Anthem and they are very different beasts. You’d be better looking at 120mm bikes.
For my part, I chose the Anthem because it was better down than the Trek or Specialized equivalent. It is good fun. As with njee, I don’t like Sparks- inefficient suspension design masked by a remote lockout.Posted 4 years agorp16vMember
for a do it all i recomend a giant trance 26er iv had mine for a year and its all the bike il ever need the setup is superb i run with a 130 fork to slacken it a little but still climbs well and decends even better iv done a couple of 4-8h races and some allday welsh rides with no complaints atall if your near bristol i have a 16″ to swing your leg overPosted 4 years agowompMember
Simple… If you want light then a Ghost AMR 29 carbon, awesome XC/trail bike that goes up and down ohhhhh and they trounce the competition on VFM so if light is a criteria you can not lose!
If your not bothered about carbon and wanting to save some pounds (£) and add some pounds (lbs) then the canyon nerve 29 is is king
Posted 4 years ago
Thanks for the offer rp16v but not in the bristol area. I did have a 2006 reign in 2007 and really enjoyed that until I got a Patriot. Been on the down sizing ride for a few years now ( kids, injuries and and age coming in to play ). Can’t help but think the trance is not much lighter than what I have now. Keeping an eye on some carbon epics on the bay just to see what they’re going for.Posted 4 years agoxcstuMember
Nice bike xcstu What year/spec?
Frames a 2010 slo advanced with fox rp23… I picked it up secondhand with SRAM xx on but changed to my preferred xtr groupset / brakes… Fox f series rlc forks. Thomson stem / seatpost.. Gobi carbon railed saddle.. Mavic crossmax slr wheel set.. Chris king headset & bottom bracket… Ergon grips/barends…. Schmolke carbon handlebars… Xt pedals… Racing Ralph tyres 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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