- Which 3k 27.5 trail bike
Well this has opened a real can of worms 😯
I was in a similar position a few weeks back but rather than go for an off the peg bike I’ve went full self build again. Much better value for money IMO as you get every component you want without having to compromise on something like a lot of full builds do.
If you can test ride as many as you can before setting your heart on one particular bike. Look for demo days too as they’re a great way to try lots of bikes.
Also ask yourself what exactly will you be riding and try to match the bike up that way as you could end up with a big fat heavy full susser you hate riding if it’s got more travel than you need.
Oh and in case your wondering I’ve went for a Banshee Spitfire 🙂Posted 4 years agoyorkycslMember
650B Stumpy looks good & they always produce a good bike, a mate has a Spesh Enduro 29er expert & it’s amazing.
you could import (there are ways..) a bronson directly from the US & save a fortune, XX1 spec up grade forks & shock carbon frame for just over 3k, i’ve brought two in now to replace cracking lapierres, had enough of warranty claims though the new 2014’s look ok the rear end on them is as wider as a tanker seen a few with all the paint worn of chain stays.
Cheers markPosted 4 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
I’ve never been hung up on geometry and all that magic, as long as it looks like it’ll handle the type of riding i’m buying it for and fits reasonably well i’m happy.
I thought the same and have never test-ridden a bike, then bought my dream bike, a SC Nomad (Mk1). Rode like a dog, hated it, sold it on quickly.
I didnt test ride its replacement (Alpine 160) either; I love the Alpine and its a keeper.
Had far more hits than misses, but full sussers behave too differently for all bikes to be liked by all people.Posted 4 years agojairajSubscriber
I don’t think there are many bad bike these days. So buying blind isn’t the end of the world. From my experience there was only one bike I wouldn’t have wanted, I would have been more than happy with any of the others.
But I think you can really maximise your enjoyment by demoing a few bikes first to see which (if any) really stands out.Posted 4 years agowillharropMember
Only just saw your message mikeywxm otherwise I would of had a look at your Saracen, was up at Llandegla today testing the five. I`ve tested a stumpy fsr 29er, a mega am pro and the five so far, the mega is way out front at the moment, I loved it, liked the others as well but the Nukeproof was a lot of fun!Posted 4 years agomikeywxmMember
No worries. I’m from Wrexham so if you are ever in the area and want a go give me a shout. Have you checked if you LBS can get one in? I did hear that all mediums are sold out already. Also I’ve never heard anything bad about the Nukeproofs. It was on my list but I just didn’t feel it. If you like it then there’s a fair few suppliers so just be cheeky and try your luck on a good price.Posted 4 years agoyorkycslMember
Imagine what wold of happend to a alloy frame then kimbers… if you’ve seen the Santa Cruz web site factory strength test where the Carbon Nomad frame takes nearly double the loading of a alloy one before it fails….
I personally put a old tyre cut to shape held on with a few cable ties on the down tube when i’m heading to the lakes to play on big rocks.Posted 4 years ago
Rock gaurdgz as advertised on ebay look okm more form than function, but one good hit one i bought shatterd
Could of been any bike that took the rock strike not just a bronson.
God knows what would of happend if it had been a lapierre, i’ve cracked 3 then said enough, no more.
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