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  • who’s running just the one bike then?
  • coconut
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    I’m currently running just the one bike, my Giant Trance X 29. The Trance is a trail bike at 150mm (F) and 120mm (R), but so competent as an all rounder. I keep trying to convince myself I need a short travel down country bike to compliment it as a second bike (like the Epic Evo – 120mm). I find it quite nice in a way only having the one bike and just not overthinking things, just use it for anything (XC, trail, commuting etc). Who else is in the “one bike just ride it” camp?

    steamtb
    Full Member

    Propain Tyee as my one bike; coil shock, inserts etc, so definitely not set up as a down country bike :) I do everything on it including family pootles and going to the shops. It’s just brilliant and I don’t need anything else.

    I used to also run hardtails, but I can’t be trusted not to do stupid stuff so I kept breaking them. And I didn’t enjoy them like a FS anyway.

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    scotroutes
    Full Member

    One bike.

    At a time…

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    spooky_b329
    Full Member

    Not since I was about 3 years old, and if I pop my clogs with less than 3 in the garage it’ll be a sad day!

    A full sus trail bike is one gap in my collection though!

    ogden
    Free Member

    lol….

    6 if you include curly bars as well. I’d consider condensing that down to 4 if used prices weren’t so bad.

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    bikesandboots
    Full Member

    Propain Tyee as my one bike; coil shock, inserts etc, so definitely not set up as a down country bike :) I do everything on it including family pootles and going to the shops.

    How do you keep that secure outside the hop?

    matt_outandabout
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    Mountain bike? I’ve only ever had one at a time. Currently a 7 year old Marin Nail Trail.
    (And then I’ve got the ‘do it all’ Genesis Vagabond gravel/road/commute/tour/shopping thing.

    ossify
    Full Member

    Does one mountain and one road count?

    Very different usages but I only ever have one of each, not different types of mountain, no gravel as well etc.

    (Production Privée Shan GT and Boardman Sport)

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    steamtb
    Full Member

    @bikesandboots just use a hip lock at the shops or the pub. If I lived in some of the places I used to live in, thinking about it, I probably would have a “shop” bike too  ;-)

    Kenevo 180mm full fat ebike

    Ragley Big Al HT

    PP Shan 26 shop/gym/bikepacking

    ’97 Kona Lava Dome pub bike

    Boardman ADV 9.0 gravel

    All get ridden to some degree

    Considering building up a Transition Spire Carbon FS, or maybe another ebike :yes:

    So no…

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    prettygreenparrot
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    Does one mountain and one road count?

    ?

    I think it does. One is fun. The other suffering.

    If you don’t ride around ‘town’ then I think one bike is possible. But IRL I think 2 or 3 are needed.

    1. Awesome trail bike suited to the trickiest trails and longest rides you do

    2. Alternative MTB for lesser trails or ‘gravel’ rides

    3. Urban bike that is cheaper than either of the others and less upsetting when it is stolen or damaged

    Saying that as I bought a gravel bike a few years back on a whim. It’s fast. it’s neat. But I was reminded that I don’t like drop bars. When I ride rough stuff I wish I had suspension and fatter tyres. When I ride road I wish for a road bike. I think I would be happier without the gravel and with a hardtail and an FS. And if I had to choose just one I’d go for FS.

    Backstory

    I’m thinking of upping my FS game (skill compensation rather than radder ability). Currently running a very satisfactory Canyon Spectral AL 650B 140/150. But feeling the fear in Madeira earlier in the year made me think I ‘need’ something more forgiving. Like a 150/160 29er.

    To make this happen I plan to get rid of my Tempest gravel bike and the old FS. I’m thinking of keeping my Orange Crush as an alternative to the FS. But from experience I typically have taken my FS out for rides. I could get rid of the Orange but it does do service as an ‘urban’ bike. Of sorts. And an obvious choice for ‘it’s a hardtail ride’ events.

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    chiefgrooveguru
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    Does one eMTB and one singlespeed hardtail count? I commute on the eMTB which would leave me a bit stuck for transport or bike fun if it was out of action for any reason and I didn’t have the other bike.

    “I find it quite nice in a way only having the one bike”

    This is where I’d struggle with having lots of bikes. Both mine are equally good downhill (the full-sus ebike is faster but not better) so it comes down to whether I want to squeeze more into less time by using the motor or if I want to embrace the curious pleasure of no gears and no rear suspension.

    I guess if I had two full-sus bikes I’d want a fair gap between them, like XC vs trail or downcountry vs enduro or trail vs DH.

    I briefly had a normal full-sus as well as the ebike and the (previous geared) hardtail and it just seemed superfluous.

    Mugboo
    Full Member

    Nope, not me.

    Airdrop Edit (Summer), Orange Crush (Winter or most of this year) and my Canyon Dude for commuting and bikepacking/big rides.

    zerocool
    Free Member

    Almost. I have 1 hardtail (Calibre Line 29) that I use for most grown up biking but also have a Charge Blender for pump tracks and riding with my kids. This will probably change next year as I aim to add a long travel ebike to the collection instead of getting a regular full sus.

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    ayjaydoubleyou
    Free Member

    Practically, almost yes.
    Santa Cruz 5010 has done almost all my rides this year. Probably about 5 rides total on the hardtail.

    I feel really bad about that because it’s a lovely bike and it’s just not getting used.

    considering a second wheelset for the 5010 and making the hardtail single speed in an attempt to give me a reason to ride it.

    prettygreenparrot
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    Santa Cruz 5010 has done almost all my rides this year.

    If I were 10-20 years younger that would likely have been my summary. Add 10mm and it’d be a ‘yes’. Add 20mm and it’d be an mmmmm. That’s where I’m headed.

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    Andy
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    and making the hardtail single speed in an attempt to give me a reason to ride it.


    @ayjaydoubleyou
    sure you aren’t getting a bit old for that?  ;-) (not really of course!)

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    mattrockwell
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    I did last year with one hardtail and kept telling myself it’s all I need, but have two now and much prefer it. A choice is nice, but also when one’s broken or mid upgrade, there’s always one ready to go.

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    bikesandboots
    Full Member

    and going to the shops

    This remind me of a post year a good while back when someone had smashed their face going OTB while riding their DH bike to the shop. Cool story really!

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    tjagain
    Full Member

    One of each type count?

    didnthurt
    Full Member

    I used to only have the one bike when the kids were young and we were broke. It was a great all round hardtail.

    If I was in a similar financial predicament then I’d do the same.

    But, I now have several bikes for specific types of riding which I prefer.

    I think you’d be a bit disappointed with a ‘Down-country bike’ as it’d be too similar to your Trance.

    LAT
    Full Member

    I have 3 bikes, but only use one of them.

    I do have a variety of wheels and tyres, though.

    northernsoul
    Full Member

    Two bikes – an old Sanderson Breath for the commute, and a Stanton Slackline (with 2 wheel sets for different types of riding) for the fun stuff.

    I’d like a full sus but have nowhere to store one at the moment (OH also has 2 bikes, and the kids 3 bikes).

    kerley
    Free Member

    I have pretty much had one bike for the last 25 year (obviously many different bikes over that time but only one at a time)

    I ride the same mix of road, gravel and single track on whatever bike I have not caring how unsuited it is to the particular terrain.  I just like riding one bike everywhere.

    stingmered
    Full Member

    Er. no.

    Enduro FS

    gravel bike

    hardtail

    Full fat FS e-bike

    commute singlespeed

    dirt jump HT

    The thought of one bike only, makes me sad. All these get ridden and are fun in their own way. I did recently sell my downhill and road bikes, neither of which were getting used. 

    MoreCashThanDash
    Full Member

    One MTB

    One gravel

    One road (dry weather)

    One road (wet weather)

    One road (retro 80s)

    hairyscary
    Full Member

    Effectively yes, as I really only use one.

    Scott Scale xc hardtail. Not used for at least 18 months.

    Road bike. Only used when my car is being fixed.

    Privateer 141 (Ohlins set up). Used for all my mountain biking. I’ve got a couple of sets of wheels to make it more versatile.

    sharkattack
    Full Member

    Privateer 141 (Ohlins set up). Used for all my mountain biking. I’ve got a couple of sets of wheels to make it more versatile.

    That’s what I’ve been riding for the last 18 months. 2 sets of wheels and tyres and it works everywhere.

    However, for most of my adult life I’ve been skint so I’ve only had one bike, usually a hardtail or a DH style bike plus a BMX or something.

    Having 2 nice, modern, fully functional mountain bikes is a recent development. The problem is we were burgled and I had to get replacements during lockdown when there was very little to choose from. So I ended up with 2 bikes which were very similar and I always chose the 141 because it fits properly and the Ohlins suspension is amazing.

    I’ve just went on a selling spree to raise the money to switch it up a bit. I’ve bought the Druid V2 in my other thread which is my first ever carbon trail bike and shortest travel FS at 130mm. I’m hoping it’ll be agile and lively and not smother the local trails like an enduro bike.

    I’ve also got my eye on a longer travel mullet frame which will do uplifts and Bikepark duties. Going to see it tomorrow.

    Then I’ll have 2 very different bikes for different purposes and it’ll be an easy choice depending on where I’m going.

    Also got the 22″ BMX which was cheap and needs zero maintenance.

    (My 141 is in the classifieds if anyone is interested!)

    oldfart
    Full Member

    Having recently bought a Curtis after wanting one forever and converting my Ti HT with Gravel Kings that covers most bases but it still leaves me with the Orbea Rise if i need a bit of assistance I can now confidently say I never need to buy another bike ever again! ???

    dudeofdoom
    Full Member

    TBH, I was using just my gravel bike for the last 3 years after coming from having a fleet in the U.K. :-)

    I did get a FS in the sales and have fixed up my old holiday bikes wheels so if I people visit there’s a bike to pootle around the countryside.

    I look upon the downsizing as an opportunity to upsize later on :-)

    nickc
    Full Member

    2 – A Yeti ARC 140mm hardtail  and a Spesh Enduro 170/160mm FS . TBH, somewhere in the middle of those two bikes is probably the one bike I should own.

    nickfrog
    Free Member

    I never owned more than 1 bike at a time. But I don’t commute nor enjoy road riding.

    In fact I dislike the idea of having more than one bike. I have a “special relationship” with my bike ? and it would feel like being disloyal even though I change often.

    I dislike off the shelf bikes so my bike is very personal to me, I have put it together so there is a bond between. I agree it sounds weird though.

    Currently enjoying the company of a Ragley Big Al that does everything, which means trail riding for me, whatever that means.

    In fact it’s a keeper as I don’t even see the point of FS anymore, nor electric.

    fossy
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    What’s this one bike, does not compute.

    snotrag
    Full Member

    Trail bike (Bold Linkin)

    XC Hardtail (Scott Scale)

    Gravel Bike (Sonder Camino)

    Gravel bike got relegated when I bought the Scott as its so bloody fast and light everywhere, I just didnt see the point in the gravel bike. Its sat on a Turbo trainer for 18 months.

    citizenlee
    Free Member

    Just sold my Mega so now only have one MTB, a Trek Roscoe 9 hardtail.

    I do also have a gravel bike and BMX (although at 2 weeks away from 44 I don’t know why I still have that!).

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    nickfrog
    Free Member

    I thought the thread was about who is running one bike rather than a place to list bikes owned. :-)

    Scienceofficer
    Free Member

    Ha! The OP must be a peasant!

    spannermonkey
    Full Member

    @hairyscary @LAT @sharkattack

    V interested in the wheels/tyres you are running & where/why?

    abingham
    Full Member

    Kind of, I’m in the 1xMTB 1x’Other’ camp.

    Decided I’d sell a bike and go all in on building my beloved Stooge MK4 with all the parts I’ve ever dreamed of and accept that I’d rather have one dream bike, than two pretty good ones. So that bike’s blinged up to the eyeballs with Chris King, Enve, Hope, and eeWings. I like steeps but not mega-gnar so it covers all the MTB bases just fine for me.

    The other bike is my Surly Cross-Check, which does everything else. Pretty much permanently fitted with full mudguards, 45c tyres, and is basically my ‘training bike’.

    sharkattack
    Full Member

    V interested in the wheels/tyres you are running & where/why?

    The bike came fitted with Hunt Enduro Wide V2 wheels and Schwalbe Super Gravity MM/HD.  I’ve just fitted those tyres to the new build for one last trip to the mountains before I bin them.

    I bought the Trail Wide V2 on sale and fitted a pair of 2.6 Dissectors which were lighter and absolutely rapid. They were much preferable for pedalling around on big days out.

    Takes 10 minutes max to switch them over and makes the bike twice as versatile.

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