Your 'best buys'
mboy you raise one question I’m keen to discuss. Now it’s getting wet and muddy what’s a good tire to use? Is there anything that provides any protection from wet slippery roots?
I’m not convinced there is one, wet slippery roots are every mountain bikers nemesis. Plenty of tyres work brilliantly in mud, but a narrow blocky treaded tyre doesn’t make for good performance over roots. Soft compounds and a decent volume are your best bet, something like a 2.2″ Rubber Queen in Black Chilli, or possibly a 2.2″ Bontrager XR4 also.Posted 6 years agotinribzMember
Madison Flux Saddles are just re-branded Spoons but sell for 15 squid if you shop around. Most halfords have a tyre corner @5 pound each. Gooutdoors grips same price are best I’ve tried. Tesco cycle computer @ 15 with cadence and rear sensor. 15m cable outer on fleabay.Posted 6 years agoflowMember
-1 for Charge Spoon.
Doesn’t look comfy and isn’t. Started creaking after about a month to which was massively annoying.
SDG Bel Air is definitely the most comfy saddle I have ever had ,except maybe the old X-lite kevlar ones from the 90’s
Ahhh, brings back memories of soggy butt’s, and extremely fun cycle shop rides.
Like Mboy said Crank Brothers Candy’s are excellent, don’t get clogged up and have loads of float. They are also relatively light, and you can service them easily.
Nobby Nic Double Defense. Nice and grippy, pretty light, and very puncture/rock resistant.
Easton Haven stem. Nice and light and very stiff. Also looks pimp and very well made.Posted 6 years agoSuperficialMember
I don’t think I’ve ever been let down by anything made by Shimano. XTR shifters are luxurious, I love mine.
I’ll always stand by Hope hubs for value and great quality, but if this is really a money-no-object build, then Chris King hubs are on another level. I don’t own one any more, but one day…
For balance, I hated my Charge Spoon, found it really uncomfortable. My bum prefers SDG’s Bel Air. Ti, naturally. (Which is apparently what flow just said…)
The best upgrade I’ve spent money on in the last 3-4 years of riding is wide bars. I don’t think it particularly matter which ones. 780mm just allows you to attack more.Posted 6 years agomagoo37Member
My best buy was my CTW Boardman FS Team .. got me back into this awesome sport after 15 years away!
Great bike for the money and with the addition of some Formula Mega brakes and Sun Ringle Equalizer wheels as well as Easton bars and stem it has turned into a great ride, just wish you could buy some decent legs and lungs!!!Posted 6 years ago5AMMember
Paid £279 for a pair of Formula The One (new style) new from this ebay seller http://stores.ebay.co.uk/nfcycling
Great service and I thought pretty good VFM considering cheapest I could find anywhere else at the time was CRC at £269 EACH.
I have to echo comments about UK bikes skills, but if it was something physical it would be the Deemax I have on my Session. Paid £250 for a pair on ebay as the guy had listed them as D-max and no-one else bid. Came with enough spare spokes for 3 wheel rebuilds too 😀Posted 6 years agoCalamity JamesMember
Sunline V1 (745mm) bars were the best upgrade for me, almost feels like having power steering.
My Sidi Dominators are 3 year sold and are still going strong, well worth the initial outlay.
Maxxis tyres are the only ones I use on UST rims, nothing else fits or lasts the same (just wish their sizing was consistent).
Goodridge cables is £30 well spent, perfect shifting all year round and last so much longer than regular Shimano cables.
I don’t think any of the above are excessively expensive, either.Posted 6 years ago
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