- Worst bike you have (ever) owned?
Mine has got to be my Patriot 66. Utter bag of poo.
I bought it to become my one bike after selling my Chameleon and Flair, both of which I loved. The Patriot just didn’t do anything we’ll. I hated it so much that it put me off riding for a bit! I was glad to see the back of that bike.
Other than that, I’ve liked the bikes that I’ve bought.Posted 4 years agonickheadMember
Having owned one of the first Orange MsIsles back in ’98 and ragged that for a good few years, when I decided to start riding more ‘XC’ in about 2004 I thought the 18″ MsIsle I found on eBay would be a good move.
Unfortunately I’ve never had such an instant dislike to a bike – way too stiff, bottom bracket too high – felt like I was perched on top of the bike almost to the point of being unsafe. Think I rode it twice before selling the frame and using the parts to build up my Dialled PA.Posted 4 years agocharlie the bikemongerSubscriber
It’s got to be a sunn cro mo converted to ss. It was my first ss and did a great job of being a cheap bike to experiment on.
However in the 2001 world champs at afan (penheed trail, spelt wrong) where I never actually crashed, it sustained:
Cracked drop out,
And a failing hub.
An exercise in buying stuff that was too cheap for my bulk. This was the bike that directed me towards quality components, and not cutting corners… So it served a purpose.Posted 4 years agoMrBlondMember
Marin Bear Valley, 1991 I think, like this one:
Alu was fashionable so as far as I can tell they just made the steel tubes fatter so it looked like an alu bike, weighed a ton and horrible ride.
I was also sold a 19″ by the shop with old skool roadie logic (biggest frame you can get on) and never actually got tall enough to want more than a 17Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Never owned a bad bike as an adult… My old Carrera would be the worst, but only because it’s about 20 years older than most of the others. My newer carrera would be the second worst as it was £300. But they’ve all been decent.
Suppose the worst one would be my C456, nice enough bike to ride but the build quality was piss poor and the warranty nonexistant. So nearly good.Posted 4 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
Done the best, now the worst.
I’d probably have to say my old Heckler. Might be that I bought if off hora but I rode it twice and got rid. Just couldn’t get used to it. Felt as if it was broken! Was fun going down though… maybe too much fun as the first descent I did on it I ended up binning it!
A close second would be my Pashley 26MHz. A beautiful looking thing but flexy as anything and rubbish build quality to be honest. Still looking for a NOS one in ivory to hang on the wall though!Posted 4 years agoneninjaMember
Nicolai Helius CC, maybe I just had a bad one, expected a lot but it just disappointed me a lot.
I’d put my CC as the best I’ve owned. It’s so much better with an RP23 than the original DT Swiss shock.
For me it’s the perfect all rounder.
My worst is the 09 Mongoose Teocali Super. The geometry felt completely wrong. I didn’t like the weird moving bottom bracke, it was plain strange. I hated it.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Oops- actually I was wrong, it was my Camber. Really didn’t like it, it wasn’t a great xc bike or a particularily good allrounder, and it was a fairly bad trail bike- as hard work up the hills as a stumpy and ridiculously less good coming back down. Felt about 5 degrees too steep and probably about 50mm too short too.Posted 4 years agoPJM1974Member
I’ve normally never gotten this wrong, however I did have a couple of stand outs:
Bought a Rock Springs in 2009 and was told I needed the medium and not a large. The bike was actually amazing, it felt like a big BMX and turned Welsh rocky descents into an arcade game. I felt invincible on that bike. However, the top tube was too short and I kept hitting my knees on the bars on steep climbs, I just couldn’t get the damn thing to hold any momentum going uphill.
So I gave the frame to my missus and bought a Wolf Ridge in a large. I took it away to the Peaks the very weekend I bought it and didn’t get on with it at all…there was marginal extra length in the top tube and the frame was far too tall and lanky – the reverse of what I’d hoped for. I eventually fitted a set of Wotans to it and I wound up with a bike that felt nervous, twitchy and lacked feedback at the front end and was spitty and bob prone at the rear no matter how I tuned the shock.
It has a happy ending though. I swapped the oil in the fork to a slightly heavier weight, which gave more support and enabled me to run less air pressure, when accompanied with a soft compound front tyre made the bike feel grippy and communicative at last. The high top tube means that I have to run the bars higher than ideal as I’d end up smacking the shifters and brakes on the tube, but it’s splitting hairs really.
Instead of sinking a pile of cash into an El Guapo, I swapped the shock for a Kashima CTD which has transformed it. It’s no longer spitty or wallowy and the rear end feels absolutely nailed down despite me running lower pressures in the shock can. The Stinger chain guide has helped with the pedal bob too so the bike is pretty much how I’d originally envisaged. It’s also become a very decent climber along the way too.
The moral of my story is to always borrow a test ride for the weekend before you buy and to never take the advice of a bike shop as gospel.Posted 4 years ago
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