RSD Middlechild & RS-291 - Builds & Chat

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RSD Middlechild & RS-291 - Builds & Chat
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Posted: Jun 21, 2021 at 21:10 Quote
She's so misty it looks like you got some on the lens. What a beauty!

Ordered my 291 back in November. How'd you get yours already?

Posted: Jun 22, 2021 at 9:08 Quote
toughchoices wrote:
She's so misty it looks like you got some on the lens. What a beauty!

Ordered my 291 back in November. How'd you get yours already?

it was raining when I took the drive side shot, haha

I'm rollin on the prototype, which is basically identical to production. Way more capable on the downs than the MC with little wheels. I'm rollin with a 160mm lyrik and is plus as hell. Dang fun bike.

Posted: Jun 26, 2021 at 20:26 Quote
Here’s my MC. I purchased the frame while I was waiting for my Nimble 9. Currently the parts are on the N9. Still trying to figure out what frame to keep.

Posted: Jun 28, 2021 at 8:45 Quote
taehome wrote:
Here’s my MC. I purchased the frame while I was waiting for my Nimble 9. Currently the parts are on the N9. Still trying to figure out what frame to keep.

Love the all chrome wheels. I wanted polished rims on my last build, but went with WTB rims which I've always liked.

Posted: Jul 12, 2021 at 10:37 Quote
I enjoyed my Middlechild early last year, then had to replace it due to recall so I picked the Wildcat instead. The Wildcat has been a great aggressive, short travel ride - looking at the design and numbers, it’s basically a Norco Optic.

Thinking of returning to the full-suspension + hardtail combo, but can’t decide between another Middlechild or the RS291.

Posted: Jul 12, 2021 at 13:11 Quote
Danksi wrote:
I enjoyed my Middlechild early last year, then had to replace it due to recall so I picked the Wildcat instead. The Wildcat has been a great aggressive, short travel ride - looking at the design and numbers, it’s basically a Norco Optic.

Thinking of returning to the full-suspension + hardtail combo, but can’t decide between another Middlechild or the RS291.

The biggest differentiator on the two, all parts being equal, is the reach/ETT is long on the RS291, which make it better suited to trails that are steeper etc. I have mine with a 160 lyrik and it feels so much more stable at speed and on steeps than the MC, which works better for my trails here as it's slow up to shred down. The MC was a great bike for more punchy jumpy trails that were more smooth as I find the smaller wheels just don't tame lumps as well, no matter the tire, while the shorter rear end and small wheels work better for me on quick out of the saddle efforts and popping off little booters etc. MC feels more like a party bike, 291 is more monster truck, both are radical. .

Posted: Sep 28, 2021 at 22:09 Quote
I there anywhere someone would recommend buying a frame second hand?? I am positive this is my next bike...$700ish for a new one is fine buuut if we can bring that down a bit I'm for it

I am SO CLOSE to throwing down on a new one and just driving 4 hours to pick it up at their headquarters in Toronto in a couple weeks to avoid the shipping fee...which they said was fine!

Also has anyone fit 2.8" 29ers to theirs? I think I'd like that squishy setup

Sexy bike, all of yous!!

Posted: Sep 29, 2021 at 5:56 Quote
GorgesIthacan wrote:
I there anywhere someone would recommend buying a frame second hand?? I am positive this is my next bike...$700ish for a new one is fine buuut if we can bring that down a bit I'm for it

I am SO CLOSE to throwing down on a new one and just driving 4 hours to pick it up at their headquarters in Toronto in a couple weeks to avoid the shipping fee...which they said was fine!

Also has anyone fit 2.8" 29ers to theirs? I think I'd like that squishy setup

Sexy bike, all of yous!!

Good luck finding a used one! haha. Are you looking at a 291 or Middle Child? As far as I know they have similar yokes, so 2.8 will definitely fit, but you may have to pull the wheel back in the sliders. Drop Alex over there a line, he's he's pretty great to deal with. I highly recommend a 2.5 or 2.6 and a tire insert so you can have the best of all worlds.

Posted: Oct 21, 2021 at 18:30 Quote
Surprised more of these aren't getting posted as stuff is getting shipped. Far from unique as it is the stock build. Only had a chance to ride it around the neighborhood but boy does it ride nice so far. The ti really takes the sting out of hucks to flat compared to my Chromag.


Posted: Oct 22, 2021 at 7:18 Quote
So shiny! This forum doesn't get that much traction even though I know these bikes are all over the place. Is that a 291?

FeWesty wrote:
Surprised more of these aren't getting posted as stuff is getting shipped. Far from unique as it is the stock build. Only had a chance to ride it around the neighborhood but boy does it ride nice so far. The ti really takes the sting out of hucks to flat compared to my Chromag.


Posted: Oct 22, 2021 at 7:51 Quote
Ti Middlechild

jesse-effing-edwards wrote:
So shiny! This forum doesn't get that much traction even though I know these bikes are all over the place. Is that a 291?

FeWesty wrote:
Surprised more of these aren't getting posted as stuff is getting shipped. Far from unique as it is the stock build. Only had a chance to ride it around the neighborhood but boy does it ride nice so far. The ti really takes the sting out of hucks to flat compared to my Chromag.


Posted: Oct 22, 2021 at 10:11 Quote
FeWesty wrote:
Ti Middlechild

jesse-effing-edwards wrote:
So shiny! This forum doesn't get that much traction even though I know these bikes are all over the place. Is that a 291?

FeWesty wrote:
Surprised more of these aren't getting posted as stuff is getting shipped. Far from unique as it is the stock build. Only had a chance to ride it around the neighborhood but boy does it ride nice so far. The ti really takes the sting out of hucks to flat compared to my Chromag.


Nice! I rode one for a couple of years, was the best hardtail I'd ever had. Now I'm on the 291 as I moved to the mountains where I'm pedalling up fire road stuff to more point & shoot downs, so wanted more squish up front and longer wheelbase for speed. The ti MC with 2.6 27.5 was like a jump bike on roids, haha. So much fun.

Posted: Jan 28, 2022 at 10:35 Quote
Quote="jesse-effing-edwards"]Folks, I feel like the middlechild and the RS-291 are bros that should share a room.

My latest:

2021 RSD RS-291 Lyrik 160mm Chris King Chromag Phase 30 Shimano Bits
2021 RSD RS-291 Lyrik 160mm Chris King Chromag Phase 30 Shimano Bits
2021 RSD RS-291 Lyrik 160mm Chris King Chromag Phase 30 Shimano Bits

If you're a Middlechild fan, but your start caring even more about going fast & down vs going up & around , here's your bike. Still climbs like a hardtail, but the bigger front end and wheels definitely makes this bike a bit more of a straight shooter. Can get you into a little trouble as it makes you wanna go big off stuff, but doesn't land like a 150mm travel enduro squisher, haha[/Quote]

Wondering if you could give a review of this bike so far? I’m considering buying the RS-291 frame in medium (I’m 5’10” ish). Coming from a size Large 2018 Norco Fluid, hoping the size medium is the correct one. I’m kind of in the middle of sizing but closer to medium.

Been drooling over all this frame for a while and may actually go ahead with it, just not a lot of reviews on it so far. I ride a mixed bag, some flat riding on local trails, but I am also only 15 mins away from pedal access Flow and DH trails. Need a bike I can still pedal around but more aggressive on the descents. Opinions welcomed.

Posted: Jan 28, 2022 at 13:16 Quote
Sure.


Are you well versed in hardtail riding?

I came off a middlechild, which is no slouch but this thing is shockingly capable on the downs. I'd say if you do a lot of slower technical tight turns this maybe will feel a touch unruly as it's quite slack. I mean, you can definitely get to know the angles and compensate. If things are more fast paced you're gonna love it. It's so stable at speed and rides quite smooth. The seat tube is not super steep so you may wanna check out the effective top tube measurement as it feels a touch big seated compared to other bikes I've had. Out of the saddle is where the magic happens. If I bought a new stem I'd go as short as possible. If you want to run the shortest chainstay length you might not fit big tires back there. I run 2.4s but have the stays all the way back for stability as I generally pedal double track to downs.

Posted: Jan 28, 2022 at 13:51 Quote
For the advertised 415mm chainstay on the Middlechild, is it possible to get it that short with a normal width 29er tire, say Maxxis 2.4?


 
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