which is the best steel hardtail at mo??
Having had a Steel 456 Summer Season and now a Whyte 19 Steel, i would say my fave bike would be the Whyte it just feels very right, its very light on its feet if you know what i mean , has the adjustable rear dropouts to alter wheelbase/geometry and can run singlespeed if thats your bag too. I really do like it.
Any excuse here is mine….
Posted 6 years agoPapa_LazarouMember
where does Brant work this week?
Anything designed by brant at previous firms will have issues with oval head tubes, mud clearance or be reworked (can’t remember the name of 1990’s steel frame like an inbred) in very cheap steal, all coming on just as he resigned.
Where it does get confusing is a situation where he returns to a previous firm, in which case all the issues go away and they are once again the best thing since sliced bread.
So one of those.Posted 6 years agodukeduvetSubscriber
What kind of riding do you do? Budget? Is it just a frame or complete bike you need?
I was in a similar situation and went from an alloy GT Zaskar to a Cotic Soul. My riding is a mix of local singletrack and trail centres nothing overly hardcore. I really noticed the flex in the back end which makes life so much more comfy. Spot on geometry too.
Other options i looked at were Genesis Latitude, On One 456 and Cove Handjob. The Genesis was a close second.
If you ride bigger stuff bfe or stanton look good choices.
Sure all the options listed are good but decide what you are using it for, test ride a few and make your choice.
bigbloke thats a tidy bike you have therePosted 6 years agojonah tontoMember
i put together an ns surge recently to see what all the fuss was about, and i havent ridden my ally frame since. that little bit of flex is noticeable and its now really uncomfortable to ride my other hardtail. do it you wont regret it, as for which one ? as above ‘get the same as me, mine is lush’ 😉Posted 6 years agoEuroMember
Don’t think there is a ‘best’*. Get one that fits and comes in a colour you like.
I’ve two steel hardtails – a 456SS and a DMR drone. They’re very different from each other and although neither is the best, they do what hey are designed for pretty well.
Maybe think about what you actually want it for and come back with a ‘reccommend me a xxxx for xxxx riding’?
* the best steel hardtail is a BMX btw 😀Posted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Soul is a good place to start… It’s not the best- there’s no such thing- but it’s quite a stereotypical steel frame, lots of spring in it, and a great allrounder. And well made, light for 140mm capability, flexible, well finished. Expensive though.
Course, I sold mine, and my BFe. So, I’m going to recommend the 456 Carbon. Well OK, I’ll admit to the technicality that it’s not a steel hardtail, but it thinks it is- reminds me a lot of my Soul (doesn’t make me think of steel 456s at all though)
highclimber – Member
Depends really on what year you’re posting from. But we’re receiving your posts in 2011, where it’s become overweight and overpriced.Posted 6 years ago
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