- Which way to go hardcore hardtail or bouncy plaything……………
After looking in the shed we have eough pieces to build another bike, the parts are
2009 Fox 36 talas
Hope pro 2 front hub 20mm and hope xc qr on mavic 521
magura louise fr brakes,
so all nice and not wanting to sell have been talked into looking at a build so what do we go for,
cotic bfe (£300)
or a second hand big bouncy frame
140mm plus travel capable of carrying a front mech
so Marin Quake 7.3 (seem cheap why?) or alternatives?
Purpose well to be used in trail centres (not necessary but an alternative) improving skills on local areas (slack enough to feel confident) something that can still be winched uphill something to make you smile ( 😀 ) something when I ride it will still allow me to walk next day ( 😉 age and injuries)
or keep it and get soemthing really different later when we have soem more cash
Views and recommendations sought please, 😀Posted 7 years agolumberjackMember
I spent most of last year on a hardcore hardtail, and loved the urgency and accuracy. Went out on my Lapierre Spicy for the first time in ages yesterday and came home with a massive grin.
Could be that the HT has made me a better rider, I think that certainly contributed, but ripping downhill, spotting lines and just going for it on the bouncy bike certainly was fun.
Sorry – you need both.Posted 7 years agogeetee1972Member
I’d second Lumberjack’s comments about needing/having both a HC HT and a full suss in the shed. I love both of mine for very different reasons and wouldn’t want to be without either.
I’d keep the full suss though if pressed.
But having said that, if you already have a full suss, then definitely go the HC HT route.
In answer to your question, how harsh is the BFe? It’s harsher than a Soul but nothing like as harsh as say an oversize aluminium equivalent.
The BFe has more stomp and go and you may feel more tired at the end of a longer ride than on a Soul or other equivalent. But if you’ve got 36 Talas forks, while you could conveivable put them on a Soul-esque frame and wind them down to comply with warranty requirements, really they would be more at home on the BFe-esque frame.
Opting for the HC HT would really tick your boxes for improving skill, still being winchable to the top, be perfect for our increasingly groomed trail centres (Scotland excluded) and be a lot of fun.
Dialled Alpine, Cotic BFe, Evil Soverign, Ragley Blue Pig etc all fine choices.Posted 7 years agoRickosMember
What’s your current bike and usual riding? If you’ve got a HT I’d go FS and vice versa.
Personally I’d build up a fun full sus bike for razzing round the woods and doing uplift days and ting. My riding is mostly 2 to 3 hours in the FoD or the Welsh trail centres, so I’ve got a Chameleon and a 5 with big forks and a spare set of burly wheels.Posted 7 years ago
backhander no was looking to get a ventana for a friend, who instead bought a commencal super 4, which looks very swish but not ventana quality, no this is just to put all the bits on in the shed for something that a couple of us can ride with just a change of stem and when i am back riding i can use/relearn my skills with out killing myself 😀Posted 7 years agochakapingSubscriber
I had same sort of spares and bought a Bfe frame off the classifieds.
Only ridden it a couple of times but it works really well with the 36 Talas – 130mm is good for normal riding and 160mm is great for descending. Does feel a bit like a mini-DH bike (orange blood springs to mind).
I’m not keeping it though as I have a 6in FS bike for trips away and my new carbon 456 is much more my cup of tea for my local riding.
I don’t think you said what you already ride though, did you?
PS. My 6in bike is a Fritzz and it is wicked awesome – save for one of them!Posted 7 years agoBigBoyXCMember
I went from full suss Stumpy FSR to this…………..
On-One carbon 456 carbon in one off green and black gloss. 150mm dual air revs, hope hoops with 5.1’s, etc. 23.9lbs but hard as hell.
Thanks to foot injury still not ridden it. Was between a 20″ and 18. tried a 20″ and too big so went back to 18…Posted 7 years ago
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