New Bike Time you say?


#1

There are a lot of choices for next season’s new ride. New wheel sizes especially. Is a fat bike in your future or a 27.5+ or 29+ bike? I’m thinking a new full suspension 29er would be nice for myself, but I still have to work out the finances.

What is everyone else looking at and why?


#2

a 29+ would be nice for bikepacking; a krampus or ecr from surly, maybe the deadwood from salsa, not sold on the drop bars for most the riding i end up doing, though. other than that, a dual squish 29er may be in my future. probably not next year, but it’s in my 5 year plan.


#3

I’m in the market for a new DH / FR bike or a new trail / enduro bike. Depending on what one sells first.


#4

Surly Ogre.

Fat bikes do nothing for me, 29er+ is intriguing but fringy. I just want something super simple, reliable and versatile.


#5

Love looking at new bikes, definitely lusting after a couple things but can’t justify buying a new bike when I haven’t pushed the limits of my 5 year old Kona… I freaking love that bike and it does everything I ask of it up to the limits of my skill so a new bike simply doesn’t make sense for me… especially with two kids and limited funds available! LOL


#6

The pricing on new bikes is bananas.


#7

Agreed!


#8

Let me hear you say this shit is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S

I look at new bikes lots, and there are a few that would be awesome to own but I’ll be keeping what I have running now as long as possible and as cheap as possible,


#9

I think this is close to what I would want in a new bike: http://www.cannondale.com/nam_en/2016/bikes/mountain/trail/habit/habit-50

It’s not that fancy in the component department but looks like some solid parts. It’s got the travel and geometry I want, I don’t feel the need for big travel, I prefer having to choose lines. Probably why I ride a rigid bike most of the time, my full sus bike is shorter travel than this and I’ve never wished I had more. I’d prefer a threaded BB and I’m skeptical of the “zero pivot seat stays” in terms of longevity. I like my 26" wheels but 27.5 seems like the replacement du jour. 29" doesn’t interest me. Well enough day dreaming.


#10

Actually I think this is as close as it gets to perfect for me right now, built in Canada too:
http://www.xprezo.ca/en/velo/wuuu-650/


#11

Isn’t Xprezo the old Balfa guys? Man, I still miss my Minuteman.

I ride as much as possible in the winter, but I hate taking the Yeti on the salty roads or riding on them occasionally–just kills components. I’d love to just build up my old Torrent if I could find a fork for her, and my studs on it.


#12

@brightwhite What do you need for a fork for your Torrent?


#13

@gtrguy It had a Sherman Firefly on it, but that’s long since blown and you can’t get seals any more from what I’ve seen. So a 4-5" travel, 1 1/8" steerer, 20mm axle fork of some description.


#14

Ah, have a few things kicking around but the only 20mm axe fork I have has a 1.5" straight steerer.


#15

Thanks–part of me wants to pick up a new HT frame, fork and a few extras and create a new fun bike for dirt jumps, riding with the kids and all that. The Torrent is dented and old and I’m lusting over a Chromag.


#16

The Chromag frames look sweet… I put a Fox on my old Kona hardtail, upgraded the brakes, cranks, etc, etc. and it’s a blast to ride. Usually take it for any rides with my son or anything that’s long distance and not too gnarly like the Tour de New France last weekend.


#17

[quote=“brightwhite, post:13, topic:3355, full:true”] So a 4-5" travel, 1 1/8" steerer, 20mm axle fork of some description.
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I was in the same boat as you a while back @brightwhite, like hens teeth now. They are out there, but are usually rough shape or people want way too much for them.


#18

Just picked up a new Chromag frame this week. It should be here Friday
It’ll be my first steel bike, so I’m interested to see how it rides vs an aluminum hardtail.


#19

nice, Chromag bikes look awesome…in my opinion steel is the best material for hardtails but I’m old and probably biased having never ridden an aluminum hardtail.


#20

Sweet, @JoshM–which one did you get?

I’ve owned several Easton aluminum hardtails (Brodie Holeshot and Norco Torrent), and a number of 4130 cromo HTs. The steel weighted more, but had a nicer, more damped feel. But the Easton bikes were nice too. More ‘poppy’ but definitely a rougher ride. Shaped stays definitely help here.