mccraque

  • I’ve just been diagnosed with carpal tunnel so have been adjusting the contact points. I needed new grips anyway so have gone with Ergon GA2 Fats

    on my other bike I have gone with the SQ Labs.

    I think I prefer the Ergon…. but has also been said above, just look at the amount of pressure on your hands from bar position. Grips are a very small…[Read more]

  • mccraque replied to the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Thanks @cy @petercook80 – I’ll get fiddling

    I’ve got the stem as high and the bars S high as possible now. I’ll get the forks upped…

  • mccraque replied to the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    It’s a little odd. I got the tape measure out at the weekend and measured everything against my On-One HT, which I never have any issues with and have ridden 200 miles in one sitting, with no neck ache.

    To my surprise, the measurements are not too different at all. Half a cm here and there, but nothing that would be obviously noticeable. I looked…[Read more]

  • mccraque replied to the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    An xl 120 sounds very uncomfortable for a 5’11” gent of average proportions.

  • mccraque replied to the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    The 140mm was fun Now you mention it. But the demo was in the Surrey hills which I get to once a quarter and the sulouthe downs twice a week!

    Interestingly I saw a post by @Cy saying
    It runs better as a 120mm – which made me stay with the shorter travel…

  • mccraque replied to the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    i get that…but then it becomes a 140mm HT which is a little much for all day duties.

  • mccraque replied to the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    38mm rise? Wow!

    The odd thing is that I did a demo day. Spent all day on their own bike and had no issues. That was with 35mm stem and 780mm bar. 140 fork compared to my 120.

  • mccraque replied to the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    The stem feels natural enough in terms of how it responds.

    Tried a narrower bar today.

    Neck ache still. Wtf.

  • mccraque replied to the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    200 miles doesn’t seem to have strengthened it! I’ll try to find a different position!

  • mccraque replied to the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    Are they straight bars? I ask as I suffered similar discomfort which disappeared when I tried some bars with some back sweep.Think they were Salsa Bend.

    No- 20mm rise with a decent sweep as well.

  • mccraque replied to the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    What fork length and stem are you running @st ??

  • mccraque replied to the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    Thanks everyone.

    @hopkinsgm – I demoed a medium and a large with 35mm stem and they both felt great. The seat is further back on the rails on the medium but that too feels natural.

    I ran a 740 bar and 50mm stem for a few weeks from the old bike. But felt it wasn’t quite as was intended for the bike. Hence buying a 35mm that I had demoed. The d…[Read more]

  • mccraque replied to the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    @kelvin

    Old Frame was the Mk2 Medium (2016)
    Old Stem – 50mm with 5 degree rise
    Old Bar -740mm with 10 degree rise

    New Frame is the Longshot 2019 (Medium)
    35mm Stem (0 rise)
    800mm Bar (20 degree rise)
    Grips are not open ended, but I have tried (last night) to use the inner most part of the grips to simulate a narrower bar.

    Fork is 120mm…[Read more]

  • mccraque replied to the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    I wouldn’t think it is too small. It’s way longer than the one it replaced which didn’t cause any issues!

  • mccraque started the topic Neck Ache – Solaris in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    Just build up my new Solaris, most of the parts from the old one. 120mm fork. Have gone for a 35mm stem and 20mm rise / 800mm bar.

    I’m on a medium, and am at the cross over point as to whether a medium or large would be better.

    I am getting massive neck ache after every ride right now. I thought the front end may be too low, so have rotated the…[Read more]

  • I’ve got a Solaris Max – It’s a great bike but wouldn’t class it as a wheelie machine. Stays are reasonably long. But – it’s quite neutral in the air and is very quick around singletrack. When I demoed it, I set a load of PRs in foul conditions, on trails I’ve ridden a lot on Full bouncers. So it a lot of fun…to me.

    The Ti – I’ve read reviews…[Read more]

  • mccraque replied to the topic Wooden skis? Phwoar! in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    I’ve got some – made by a Swiss company called AK. They’ve also got symmetrical sandwich construction so the top sheet is exactly the same material as the base, to keep the flex in materials consistent. Apparently.

    All I know is they’re great on the piste, very stiff but the top sheet scuffs like a bugger

  • mccraque replied to the topic Bonty 29 2.6 XR4 in the forum Bike Forum 1 month ago

    2.6’s now available!

  • mccraque replied to the topic 1x and chainsuck in the forum Bike Forum 1 month ago

    You most definitely can! Just binned an Xt8000 chainring for that reason. It had never been particularly good in deepest winter…the chain retention design seems to work a little too well in the grime. As the ring aged, it got worse (and was never good from the off)

  • mccraque replied to the topic Carpal Tunnel – Help! in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    Thanks!

    To answer the questions

    Am already seeing an osteo (who’s treated me on and off since the shoulder accident). I wax and wane a little as to how effective I think they are (and this is the best osteo I have seen!)

    Yes – work at a desk…but for a big blue chip who are huge on workplace safety/ergonomics (we even have training on it)…[Read more]

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