- You're going to hate me but… (Dilemma content)
My wife has a RZ120 (with a Monarch) and after a bit of faffing with shock pressures she doesn’t find it firm at all. It climbs well, descends well and isn’t too weighty. Her only criticism is the stand over height isn’t brilliant.
I have a T120 and I flippin love it. It’s quite slack for a 120 and reminds me of my old 456. I stuck Nevegals, a wider bar and a chain device and it did me two weeks in the Alps admirably. The new is meant to be a bit lighter, although I don’t think mine’s particularly heavy.Posted 6 years agoPawsy_BearSubscriber
I would give my self more time while buying. Whats the rush its winter. You can demo bikes on evans rides, afan, CyB, mates etc. Treat it as a days riding and youw ont have lost anything and had a great time. Hopefully you will even have found that elusive beast the perfect bike 😉 We all use different bikes, I dont know why so many people base their entire buying choice on someone elses opinion without throwing a leg over a few bikes before dropping several £k on a bike they have never ridden?Posted 6 years agostevedeMember
The Specialized Camber should be on your list rather than or as well as the Epic, 2011’s being sold off at pretty good prices (expert or pro), use the rest of your budget to get a decent wheelset and some nice finishing kit and you’ve got a sorted bike – my mate got an Expert and replaced the rear with a 521/pro 2 for £1800 and is loving it.Posted 6 years agoFunkyDuncMember
I went for an Anthem without more than a sit on one, and use it for the type of riding you suggest and its the best full susser I’ve ever riden. Not sure why you need 120mm though surely its about how the bike rides?
I used to ride a 130mm travel bike and the Anthem is better in every way. It climbs like nothing else, fast agile handling and feels very nimble.
Some bargains on 2011 anthems which are better specced than 2012.Posted 6 years ago
Trek – don’t supply test bikes anymore
Really? You mean I wasted my time this afternoon choosing the 2012 Trek demo fleet for the shop I work at?
Spesh – Pay £60 for the bike to be delivered to LBS for testing.
Only if your local Spesh test centre hasn’t got the model/size that you’re after in their own demo fleet.Posted 6 years agonick1962Member
Just put a build together yourself starting with something thisPosted 6 years ago
lighter ,better value and can be specced with your own preferences and plenty enough bike for your riding.knottyknottyMember
just bought this years top fuel 9, first real ride at coed enduro bike was awesome ,only 100 mm but coped extremely well.best thing being i got 1000 quid off retail price after evans price matched a price i found in buckinghamshire .my other ride is a scott mc genius and although i love it ,the trek point and go gave me so much more confidence on the singletrack sections and climbing was a dream with the douBle lockout ,43 and loving it 3 hours 50 for 50k, but its not about the bike 😉Posted 6 years agobenjbishMember
I’ve got a Superlight recently. Absolutely love it, very little to go wrong. I’m 16 stone and no problems with bottoming out. Feels more burly riding it than you would expect. There’s some good deals around. Might be worth asking a shop to spec you a bike. I’ve gone with Fox Floats and they seem very good.Posted 6 years agosparkyspiceSubscriber
ACTiV of Folkestone will let you test the Trek Range and I’m sure they’ve got a couple of Ally Ex’s, and also a Rumblefish (Gary Fisher 29er). 01303 240110.Posted 6 years ago
If they haven’t got the bike you want they’ll let you borrow their own bike if it helps.
My EX9.9 rocks!!! 50% of the bikes round here are EX’s of various grades and ages – they just work!
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