The Sexiest AM/FR/Enduro Hardtail Thread (Please read the opening post)

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The Sexiest AM/FR/Enduro Hardtail Thread (Please read the opening post)
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Posted: Nov 25, 2020 at 11:45 Quote
Dav82 wrote:
Already been posted. Got a bit of hate with the Garmin, bottle and saddle bag on. Nice build but photos would look loads better without the ‘extras’
Interesting. Tony doesn't shred super hard these days but likes to put the miles in (like BIG miles). The photos were taken for a bike check for our shop blog here, so while they may not be aesthetically pleasing as far as the photos go, they illustrate fairly well the way he uses the bike.

I should also add that the seat bag doesn't interfere with the dropper in any way. Tony is a pro wrench so the bike is put together immaculately well.

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 at 11:56 Quote
I get that having a bottle and bag and sometimes a Garmin, if you’re that way inclined, are needed for actually using a bike. My point is for full blown sexy time glam shots that this thread demands/expects the extras aren’t wanted and therefore shots without would be more welcome. It’s definitely thread worthy to most, me included, but we’re a bunch of highly strung, hardtail geeks and we’ll pick any tiny fault possible even if it’s as close to perfection as possible.

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 at 11:56 Quote
notthatfast wrote:
Dav82 wrote:
Already been posted. Got a bit of hate with the Garmin, bottle and saddle bag on. Nice build but photos would look loads better without the ‘extras’
Interesting. Tony doesn't shred super hard these days but likes to put the miles in (like BIG miles). The photos were taken for a bike check for our shop blog here, so while they may not be aesthetically pleasing as far as the photos go, they illustrate fairly well the way he uses the bike.

I should also add that the seat bag doesn't interfere with the dropper in any way. Tony is a pro wrench so the bike is put together immaculately well.

We're most very superficial around here and dump on people for no good reason. It's full internet freedom over here! haha.

It's a great bike/build for sure, just not shown in its best light with all the practical bits dangling off it, which is probably why it got flack cause it'd be a contender for best hardtail porn shot if presented in the right light.

Fashion over Function!

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 at 12:02 Quote
jesse-effing-edwards wrote:
notthatfast wrote:
Dav82 wrote:
Already been posted. Got a bit of hate with the Garmin, bottle and saddle bag on. Nice build but photos would look loads better without the ‘extras’
Interesting. Tony doesn't shred super hard these days but likes to put the miles in (like BIG miles). The photos were taken for a bike check for our shop blog here, so while they may not be aesthetically pleasing as far as the photos go, they illustrate fairly well the way he uses the bike.

I should also add that the seat bag doesn't interfere with the dropper in any way. Tony is a pro wrench so the bike is put together immaculately well.

We're most very superficial around here and dump on people for no good reason. It's full internet freedom over here! haha.

It's a great bike/build for sure, just not shown in its best light with all the practical bits dangling off it, which is probably why it got flack cause it'd be a contender for best hardtail porn shot if presented in the right light.

Fashion over Function!
I get that and don't have a problem with it. As it wasn't me that posted previously I just felt that you guys might a little more context behind the bike.

Feel free to continue dumping Wink

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 at 12:07 Quote
Dav82 wrote:
I get that having a bottle and bag and sometimes a Garmin, if you’re that way inclined, are needed for actually using a bike. My point is for full blown sexy time glam shots that this thread demands/expects the extras aren’t wanted and therefore shots without would be more welcome. It’s definitely thread worthy to most, me included, but we’re a bunch of highly strung, hardtail geeks and we’ll pick any tiny fault possible even if it’s as close to perfection as possible.

it's hardtail fantasy porn.

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 at 12:14 Quote
jesse-effing-edwards wrote:
Dav82 wrote:
I get that having a bottle and bag and sometimes a Garmin, if you’re that way inclined, are needed for actually using a bike. My point is for full blown sexy time glam shots that this thread demands/expects the extras aren’t wanted and therefore shots without would be more welcome. It’s definitely thread worthy to most, me included, but we’re a bunch of highly strung, hardtail geeks and we’ll pick any tiny fault possible even if it’s as close to perfection as possible.

it's hardtail fantasy porn.

Yeh it is!!!

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 at 15:20 Quote
slaker wrote:
There you have it. The wikipedia of bike knowledge has answered your query.Smile


Thank you for the wisdom. Can’t wait for the swap.

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 at 15:28 Quote
ChrisPringle wrote:
stefanroussev wrote:
Has anyone switched from an alloy frame to a decent steel frame with the same components and really feel a difference in the ride quality. Sorry to distract from the tread. I cracked a weld on my alloy frame and i just bought Cotic SolarisMax frame and I am dying to find out how do they compare ride wise but frame is not coming until end of January next year. Sometimes I wonder if that steel feel is a real thing. No offense.

There are hardtail aluminum frames in which the builder can do wonders to make the bike feel more compliant and, by consequence, more comfortable. The opposite can also be true - steel frames that feel so harsh that you’d swear you are riding an aluminum frame. Some frame manufacturers sometimes skip altogether to “dial in” the feel of their frames in favor of overbuilding them for the sake of durability. Having said that, Cotic seems to have paid close attention to the ride/feel of the SolarisMax making it quite compliant. So, I really doubt that you will be disappointed in that regard. No matter which frame material you choose, always keep in mind that the most important factors on ride compliance on any mountain bike will be your choice of tires (tubeless at the right pressure for your weight) and suspension. Other components such as wheels, seatpost, saddle, handlebar, grips give you small marginal gains.

I agree. I am running 27.5 Plus size and really like the comfort. 12psi front 14 psi rear and it feels balming on your nerve.

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 at 16:03 Quote
stefanroussev wrote:
ChrisPringle wrote:
stefanroussev wrote:
Has anyone switched from an alloy frame to a decent steel frame with the same components and really feel a difference in the ride quality. Sorry to distract from the tread. I cracked a weld on my alloy frame and i just bought Cotic SolarisMax frame and I am dying to find out how do they compare ride wise but frame is not coming until end of January next year. Sometimes I wonder if that steel feel is a real thing. No offense.

There are hardtail aluminum frames in which the builder can do wonders to make the bike feel more compliant and, by consequence, more comfortable. The opposite can also be true - steel frames that feel so harsh that you’d swear you are riding an aluminum frame. Some frame manufacturers sometimes skip altogether to “dial in” the feel of their frames in favor of overbuilding them for the sake of durability. Having said that, Cotic seems to have paid close attention to the ride/feel of the SolarisMax making it quite compliant. So, I really doubt that you will be disappointed in that regard. No matter which frame material you choose, always keep in mind that the most important factors on ride compliance on any mountain bike will be your choice of tires (tubeless at the right pressure for your weight) and suspension. Other components such as wheels, seatpost, saddle, handlebar, grips give you small marginal gains.

I agree. I am running 27.5 Plus size and really like the comfort. 12psi front 14 psi rear and it feels balming on your nerve.
Im totally waiting and hoping to see a 2.8 tire with double down casing in the near future. I was really enjoying the 2.8 minions last winter but still was cutting tires and bending rims.

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 at 18:49 Quote
slaker wrote:
stefanroussev wrote:
ChrisPringle wrote:


There are hardtail aluminum frames in which the builder can do wonders to make the bike feel more compliant and, by consequence, more comfortable. The opposite can also be true - steel frames that feel so harsh that you’d swear you are riding an aluminum frame. Some frame manufacturers sometimes skip altogether to “dial in” the feel of their frames in favor of overbuilding them for the sake of durability. Having said that, Cotic seems to have paid close attention to the ride/feel of the SolarisMax making it quite compliant. So, I really doubt that you will be disappointed in that regard. No matter which frame material you choose, always keep in mind that the most important factors on ride compliance on any mountain bike will be your choice of tires (tubeless at the right pressure for your weight) and suspension. Other components such as wheels, seatpost, saddle, handlebar, grips give you small marginal gains.

I agree. I am running 27.5 Plus size and really like the comfort. 12psi front 14 psi rear and it feels balming on your nerve.
Im totally waiting and hoping to see a 2.8 tire with double down casing in the near future. I was really enjoying the 2.8 minions last winter but still was cutting tires and bending rims.

Not sure if that is going to happen unless E-Enduro becomes a thing. Just chill man. I figured ride 80% if ti is rocky and have fun 98% of the time. My trails are not terribly rocky I even enjoy gravel stuff on my Plus bike. Eats pebbles for lunch.

Posted: Nov 26, 2020 at 1:21 Quote
Split handlebars? Why?

Posted: Nov 26, 2020 at 1:34 Quote
because 10 mm stem.

Posted: Nov 26, 2020 at 1:58 Quote
zonoskar wrote:
Split handlebars? Why?

Temporary clamps while he plays with bar geo/material. Bars will be glued into stem when they’re how he wants, apparently, according to his Instagram post.

Posted: Nov 26, 2020 at 4:08 Quote
nullzwo wrote:
because 10 mm stem.

Pretty close... it's 20mm... he follows PV's design ... long reach and not very slack front end...

Posted: Nov 26, 2020 at 5:14 Quote
skater73 wrote:
zonoskar wrote:
Split handlebars? Why?

Temporary clamps while he plays with bar geo/material. Bars will be glued into stem when they’re how he wants, apparently, according to his Instagram post.

Glued handlebars. Not something I would want to ride. No way.


 
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