- Zesty, Fuel EX, Spicy, Remedy or Cube Stereo?
Thought I'd get some views on which bike to get next as it seems to be so damn hard to get a proper demo to actually try. My current Stumpy FSR (2004) is ready for a change.
I don't know how you would classify my riding – I ride my bike, anywhere in Quantocks from cross country 3 hour jaunts to Triscombe DH.
I was thinking of a Fuel EX or a Zesty. However, having tried a Spicy in Morzine last week (and subsequently bust my ribs in a big crash, hence lots of PC time)which was great, I am thinking of a 160mm bike. Reviews seem to say that Spicy or Remedy climb well which is what I was worried about and why I initially discounted them – anyone got any experience of these bikes for climbing?
Then there's the Cube as a bit of a leftfield entry – anyone got any wisdom on that.
All thoughts gratefully received.
Oh and any tips on making ribs heal fast also gratefully received…..Posted 9 years ago
Yeah I worked out the travel to safety ratio pretty quickly after trying the 160mm Spicy and stating that "this bike is damned fast I think I might get into trouble" – then on the next run went way to fast and flew into the ground, hence broken ribs.
But travel can get you out of badly landed jumps. But I don't want to sacrifice pedal-ability and it seems like the Spicy and Remedy get good reviews for this??Posted 9 years agopopstarMember
I have Zesty, it can DH well but it's less travel than Spicy. Some of XC trails do slow it down compared to other shorter travel platforms. Guess geo comes into play. If you after high speed thrills then either Lapp will serve your cravings well, albeit Spicy is more of enduro bike. I would go for Spicy even knowing that it would be a major overkill for XC, but I tend to lean towards aggresive XC. Not saying that my Zesty doesn't do it well, -you end up wanting more!Posted 9 years agochakapingSubscriber
Zesty is pretty handy downhill so the Spicy must be wicked awesome – and it's not that much heavier.
Remedy looks like it's gone a bit more XC the last year or too, with a weedier fork.
I'd go for the Lapierre, discounts seem to be kicking in now too so good time to be shopping for one.Posted 9 years agosmuttiesmithMember
I have had a Spicy 316 for a year now. I have to say I do not regret it one bit. 100% of my riding is the lakes so whether anyone thinks it is overkill for here I dont know or particularly care. It is my only bike and have used it for rides up to about 60 miles and used it in challenge rides like the Sam Houghton in Kentmere and it is the rider not the bike that holds it back (3Hrs 26Min with 2 punctures for long course BTW).
I can climb on it as well as most though mine came with Vanilla 36's so it did take a little bit of time to get to used to postioning on the steeper climbs. Weightwise mine is at 32lb though not a lot is standard any more however I do run Rubber Queen 2.4s F & R all year round and there is not a hint of XTR anywhere near it so 30lb is easily achieveable without sacrificing the robustness.Posted 9 years agosimonbMember
How about a Cotic Hemlock, two bikes in one. Short travel rocker 120mm for punchy xc performance and the long travel (150mm) for plush sofa like suspension. Easily rides well with a 130mm or 160mm fork. Very versatile frame and the new seatstays are a LOT better then the old ones which were too weedy. Maybe an option if your not sure between a Remedy/Fuel Ex or Zesty/SpicyPosted 9 years agoAnna JonesMember
I've got a Zesty and it's great on XC, but i tried a Spicy 516 on steeper sections and it was really stable compared to my Zesty. I would definitely say go for the Spicy 516 because the talas fork makes it easier on the climbs. My local bike shop has some demo bikes and i demo'd one before i bought mine. Maybe give then an email http://www.welovelapierre.com and see what they've got.
As for your broken ribs….drink lots of milk! Calcium. Hope you feel better soon.Posted 9 years ago
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