- Which Strong 4″ travel Frame?
I am in the market for a new frame – 100-120mm travel.
I only ride what used to be called XC. Trails, bridleways, natural routes etc. I weigh 195lbs and would really like a Superlight, but am worried i might be too heavy for it. Any other suggestions for a frame only? I looked at the Orange ST4 but am unsure as i have not seen any reviews. I am just trying to get some feedback so i can arrange some tests.
ThanksPosted 9 years ago
harry – I just opted for an ST4. It was due today, but Wheelies screwed up the delivery 👿
The Dirt review is good, and the few Orange dealers that have had them in reckon they are teh shizzle. And finally, a mate I totally trust has had a few rides on them and reckoned it was fab.
Si also puts it nicely here: ST4 Review
I used to have a Sub5, and ‘5’s (my initial choice) always seemed a bit too much travel 90% of the time. The ST4 should be a tad lighter, a tad faster climbing, a tad nippier and more suited to that 90% of my riding (big hills n mountains n big views).
Mleh seem to be gaining a few, mine to be added….Posted 9 years ago
Does it have to be a niche bike or will you ride anything?
My recommendation would be a Giant Trance but I understand they are a bit low brow some folk. 😉
Just about one of the toughest 4″ travel XC bikes you’ll find. Their popularity on the NPS 4X circuit speaks volumes of their strength.
The only ‘problem’ with them is that the suspension action is so good that you feel like you are riding a bike with a lot more, which can lead to you getting into trouble if you forget you’re basically on an XC bike.Posted 9 years agopantsonfireMember
Mate has just bought a Commencal super 4 from Merlin its a beauty and he kicked my backside on our sunday ride. He reckons it climbs as well as any bike hes ever ridden and I can vouch for the fact that it flies down hill I couldnt keep up.Posted 9 years agobonesetterMember
Owned a Trance for over a year and have to say it was an excellent bike. The maestro suspension just works really well – as good as any out there. Low’ish BB for stability. Some say rear mud clearance an issue, but I found it to be fine
I’d say you could pick one up for a songPosted 9 years agochakapingSubscriber
I was looking for something similar and ended up with a secondhand 2008 Trance 3 (for a bargain £450).
Now almost completely upgraded with Roval wheels, Maxle Revelation and the kit off my Anthem; it’s light, strong and rides brilliantly (unlike me).
Here’s a pic…
Posted 9 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
And Si’s eloquent Mleh one…Posted 9 years ago
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