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Re: hardtail or full sus

11 January 2016 - 7:35pm
I ride fully rigid.
Sure, someone with the same skill level on a good full suss might be faster down any given section of trail, but seeing as I'm already capable of riding fast enough to scare myself I don't see it as an issue. Despite being more rubber ball shaped than I was 20 years ago I don't bounce as well!
And I get to spend more time riding and less time and money maintaining complex suspension systems.
If you really feel the need for some extra comfort then fatter tyres are the way to go IMHO.

Re: hardtail or full sus

11 January 2016 - 10:41am
sbcoombs wrote:Better on technical climbs and descents. Much more grip on climbs which saves your legs. More comfortable, more controlled and look better. More expensive and heavier.+1. Also IME you can use the saddle more without getting your back (side) hammered, so can use a more upright riding position (which suits my lower back).

Re: hardtail or full sus

10 January 2016 - 11:52pm
The UK's roads warrant full suspension.

The big issue to me is how do you stop the rear triangle having side-to-side play in it?

I suppose the answer is get a decent one like an S-Works not one that was £260 for the whole bike new.

Re: hardtail or full sus

10 January 2016 - 10:17pm
How many Cyclo - Cross riders use suspension .... ..

Re: hardtail or full sus

10 January 2016 - 10:04pm
A hardtails rear wheel will bounce over loose stones and sticks. On a climb you will loose grip and momentum in this situation. A really good full susser will handle that better. They are well worth it.


Re: hardtail or full sus

10 January 2016 - 8:26pm
Better on technical climbs and descents. Much more grip on climbs which saves your legs. More comfortable, more controlled and look better. More expensive and heavier.
Overall, it depends on your terrain. I have a 29er hardtail for fast tracks and a full suss for more twisty and technical trails. If I had to have one bike, it would be a lightweight 120mm full suss.

Re: hardtail or full sus

10 January 2016 - 8:16pm
I have a hardtail resting in the shed.
Personally my thoughts are that a full-sus' will be heavier and need more maintenance attention.
Having never ridden a full-sus I would expect it to be better over rough ground when climbing and certainly when descending.
But for me I will stick with the hardtail.

hardtail or full sus

10 January 2016 - 7:50pm
Probably an age old Q but please what are the benefits of the full sus.
I am new to the mountain biking and am of a certain age.
I'm looking to do some serious off road riding in my forthcoming retirement.
I have a hard tail not used much but fancy a quality full sus.
I have seen some in the sales.
But wonder if it's worth my while as this could be a big outlay money wise..
Am I being seduced by style and the good looks of the bikes I am looking at.
Also please are there any decent trails in the East Riding /North York Moors area which warrant a full suspension bike.
Thank you,

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

5 January 2016 - 2:15am
I've ridden all 3 wheel sizes. If I were to buy a new bike, I'm undecided whether I would buy another 29er or a 650b. 29ers give a good ride though. Not as good for technical riding however. They're good for rolling over stuff, not as easy to lift the front wheel over roots and rocks or for tight turns. The overall bike is heavier too.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

4 January 2016 - 11:31pm
As Galloper said earlier, I have both so conducted a trial on a known local route. The 29er is around 6 minutes quicker over an hour loop. I do a lot of riding and my 26er is a better spec but the 29er is definitely quicker on open trails. On twisty single track, the smaller wheels are quicker though. Both have advantages. 650b can be considered as a compromise or a jack of all trades. For me, they are about marketing but I could understand the benefit for someone who only has one bike.

Re: New to mountain bikes but willing to learn

30 December 2015 - 6:07pm
With a 22T up front and 34T on the back you have gears low enough to climb trees. Personally I would run the existing wheels to destruction before replacing them. By then you will have a better idea of where you want to set the weight / strength trade-off.

Re: New to mountain bikes but willing to learn

26 December 2015 - 2:50pm
So, I've gone and bought myself a Montague Paratrooper Pro (20" frame). It needed to be a foldable so that I have the option of folding it away in a corner somewhere and so that I can make it easier to carry up 3 flights of stairs.
The front suspension is SR Suntour XCM HLO with hydraulic lockout (and preload) 100 mm travel, hardtail. Tektro Novela disc brakes front and rear, Chainset SR Suntour XCM. 42/32/22 front. Alloy 170mm crank arm, Rear Shimano Deore with 13-34 (CS HG200) cassette. Noname (as far as I can see) 32 hole rims with CST Critter Knobbly 26 x 1.95 tyres front and rear

My first priority is to optimise the ergonomics so that the bike fits me better. I'm 6'4" and 15 stone so i want to make sure that i'm as comfortable as possible.
Here are some initial thoughts:
a/ Fit a set of Humpert Ergotec AHS Premium handlebars. Not suitable for offroad use but I will not be going off road intentionally (some minor road dirt tracks and that it).
b/ Fit an adjustable handlbar stem so that I can adjust the height and angle so that my back is comfortable.
c/ Fit a more comfortable saddle. I have a Brooks saddle on my Galaxy, may fit another on this but may look a bit odd on a mountain bike.
d/ Fit a better set of 26" wheels (with eyleted rims-Rigida maybe). This depends on when/if I'm going to fit a rear hub motor or a Rohloff rear hub and front hub motor.
e/ Fit a pair of Avid BB7 disc brakes.
f/ Better tyres with less rolling resistance.

Next I want to optimise the gearing for the hills I have around here so that I can climb them easier without electrical assistance. I generally only use the middle chainring on my Galaxy (36 tooth Deore FCM510 chainring I think).
I would love to invest in a Rohloff rear hub if it would make it easier to climb hills. Still doing the research on this. My original idea was to just install an E-Bike conversion kit on the bike and have done with it. I would still like to do this but it will take me a while to research what is the optimum setup for me is and customise the battery/motor/controller so that I'm not carrying too much weight.
So I've decided to make the bike as comfortable and safe as possible first before going down the electric route (much more research needed for this).



20th December 2015 A ride to Sunderland

23 December 2015 - 11:01pm
Peter and Neil at start of the Lane in Sunderland, Lancashire by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of the 20th December 2015 ride to Sunderland, Lancashire at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/december-2015/20th.html

13th December 2015 ride to Arnside

19 December 2015 - 10:56pm
The view looking down to Arnside from Arnside Knott by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

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6th December 2015 ride to Leck

19 December 2015 - 10:46pm
Red Door Cafe and Gallery in Halton by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

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Muddy madness

16 December 2015 - 7:29pm
Mrs 1962 and myself, decided it would be cool to try out this place this morning.


It's about 20 miles from where we live and after months of road biking, we thought it might be fun to mix it up a bit.

2 hours of mud, guts and glory cost us £24.00 for two TREK hardtail mountain bikes and helmets and 240 acres of mud !!

Clothing was a mess but we took a change of clothes. Washing machine has had a real job on this afternoon.

Great laugh, would recommend to any roadies who might have forgotten how mad off-roading can be.

These were the bikes, after 2 gruelling hours of puddles, mud and ridiculous uphill traction loss. They actually looked a lot worse than this but we hit the MTB skills section before returning the bikes, during which a lot of the mud fell off.

Re: How do I justify a new bike?

13 December 2015 - 11:53am
The brilliant thing about having more bikes is the guilt. Not the guilt of owning them but not riding them - this then motivates you to ride more often = good news fitter etc.

Re: Fat bike day....against Storm Desmond

9 December 2015 - 11:21pm
AJ101 wrote:Impressive mate, love the beach riding and the bird at the end!

Thanks was a epic and tough day. Yeah the bird was slightly waterlogged but hopefully dried out. Glad you enjoyed

Re: Fat bike day....against Storm Desmond

9 December 2015 - 8:13pm
Impressive mate, love the beach riding and the bird at the end!

Re: Fat bike day....against Storm Desmond

8 December 2015 - 9:21pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Oh the sand and the salt! I guess that's what fat bikes are for. Great epic music on the vid. Thanks. Was that a juvenile buzzard? Waterlogged feathers?

Yeah I had to give it a good clean when I got home but as you say that is what they are for so as long as you wash it off its normally ok. Yeah I typed in Dramatic music and found the song and thought it fitted lol. I am not sure what type of bird it was but was guessing a buzzard ...He was very waterlogged poor fella I tryed to dry him a bit but he did not take kindly to it so had to leave him where he was and hoped he went further into the woods to dry out.




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