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Re: Mountain bike for my bro

21 June 2014 - 9:57pm
More than anything else....a correct fit. The wrong sized bike will always be a pig, no matter how fancy. I would prioritise:
Frame-most modern frames will take a lit of hammer, don't go for something heavy duty unless he's planning big jumps.
Forks-good rigid forks are better than cheap suspension. Yes, they may be harsh, but are more predictable than pogo forks.
Wheels-the best spec. you can get for the money.
I wouldn't get too hung up on running gear, most modern groupsets ride very well, and will all wear out.
Recommendations? Boardman for value, but variable levels of Halfords service. On-one bikes for decent specs and a very good ride, but a bit heavy.

Mountain bike for my bro

21 June 2014 - 9:59am
Hi all, I previously asked for advice on a bike purchase on these forums and was very happy with the response (thank you!).

I want to buy my brother a decent mountain bike as he'd like to get into the sport. I know very little about mountain bikes so what should I look out for when purchasing? Also, any specific recommendations would be amazing.


Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

14 June 2014 - 12:14pm
james-o wrote:Not very, or not as much as some would suggest, unless you define mountain biking by the speed across technically demanding trails.

Most (almost all?) MTBs are designed to use a sus fork so they may feel more jarring at the front than they need to when a rigid for is fitted.
http://www.jonesbikes.com/bike_design.html - An example of how to design a comfy rigid bike - these bikes may not be that readily available or a practical option for all, but from experience I'd say the ideas work and the design is sound. Better than sound really. Worth a read for perspective anyway.
Basically, get your weight back and away from the front wheel, use bigger width and diameter tyres and consider adjusting your hand/wrist angle by using different bars to help adapt to the different demands.
Suspension is great but it's not essential, I don't use it for most of my riding these days.

Seconded (if your pockets are deep enough)

I love mine with either it's skinny wheel on the front

Or it's fat wheel up front for more technical trails if speed isn't as important but fun is

I wouldn't do this on a full susser, but Jeff the builder doesn't seem to mind it being a rigid bike

Re: Singlespeed for a happy life on the hills

4 June 2014 - 9:33am
Farawayvisions wrote:I fear the hunger for a Rohlof will not go away. Deep pockets required. Try one: IME the hub is fine, but the shift quality (ie feel at the shifter) is an acquired taste due to the slack inherent in a twin cable layout.
YMMV, of course.

Re: Singlespeed for a happy life on the hills

3 June 2014 - 8:28pm
I just built a Trek 830 SS for the hills,loving the one gear scenario!

Re: Trail Manners?

3 June 2014 - 4:32pm
I can't believe that happened to your poor children. I would be shaking my fist in anger as I chased him down to make him apologize to my frightened kids if that happened to us. Mountain biking is a dangerous activity and I think all cyclists on trails should take diligent care when cycling down trails in-case of collisions with other cyclists

Re: Singlespeed for a happy life on the hills

2 June 2014 - 4:13pm
Oh my, I am speechless but very grateful ( and honoured.) Wonderful pictures.
Loving the blog and can't wait for next post!

Re: Singlespeed for a happy life on the hills

2 June 2014 - 1:40pm
Sooper8 wrote:Wonderful pictures and great blog!

I now acknowledge that you do indeed have 2 cameras

And you may have noticed that all feedback is noted.

Re: Tyres for Road/Off Road

2 June 2014 - 1:22pm
I've used Sire Vittoria Easy Riders from Decathlon for some years now. They work very well in dry conditions on a wide variety of tracks and trails and roll well on tarmac. At £9.99 each they're excellent value.

Re: Singlespeed for a happy life on the hills

2 June 2014 - 1:07pm
Wonderful pictures and great blog!

I now acknowledge that you do indeed have 2 cameras

EDIT- I had previously stated that after reading your Morocco blog and looking at the photos, I thought I could spot Dan's derrière at 40 yards, but might not recognise his face

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

30 May 2014 - 7:15pm
If you're clumsy enough to ride into a deep hollow with a lot of weight on the front, suspension can get you out the other side where a rigid would have you over the handlebars. Very rough descents can be taken a bit quicker too but that might not be a good thing!

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

30 May 2014 - 6:53pm
Had a Rockhopper for ever. When it came to replacing I opted for a CX bike. Shoved some Mavic wheels on along with Schwalbe Pro tyres. It really is fabulous offroad and I often use it to commute 15+ miles every other day. Love it. The bike's a steel Croix De Fer.


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