NS Traffic review

Oct 21, 2009 at 22:46
by Sofa King Trini  
After all, it was meant for fun.With only two or three bmxers I know with higher skills than me where I live, it's kinda sad really seeing as my motivation is myself. I ride a NS Traffic with a very sketchy build to some people's perspective. I mixed xc and "all mountain" parts to build me a light and nimble bike. It weighs a whopping 25lbs and 6oz. and I intend on going a bit lighter. There really isn't a place to lose some weight since my wheels are light enough for the strength ( Sun EQ31's on Hope Pro 2's with Revolution spokes and alu nips) and my fork is a 09 RS Revelation with a 20mm axle and lowered to 100mm of travel. I have not dirtjumped this bike on big sets but I have taken it to the local trails once and that was a pain in the *** (Gears would have been the best option seeing as it's a singlespeed) To make up for that, I am running a standard 8/9 speed Hope hub and not the SS model in case I wanted a 1x9 drivetrain and bought NS's own custom chain tensioner/derailleur hanger just in case. Cranks are SLX's with a E13 DH guidering and it holds up great. This is the bike I mostly ride, seeing as I can't always go to the trail to ride my other bike (Ex8 ) then this one has the most mileage. One thing I don't like about it right now is the stance. My bars have a 2" rise but since you stand up most of the time on these things your back is always hurting. Next investment is a set of Bontrager Big Earl bars with a 3" rise and a Bontrager Rhythm stem to keep the same weight. I notice weight changed a lot of the bike's overall riding performance so I wanna keep it at this weight or lower. I changed the saddle and post not seen in the pic provided because I needed something stronger and possibly lighter. I bought a bmx pivotal setup that kept the bike at the same weight so the bike is actually making sense, build wise. The brake is a BB7 with a Jagwire Pro cable and housing and a TRP Mag lever meant for 2 finger braking instead of one. I usually use one finger so I moved it in a bit more so I can use it how I normaly do but in hairy situations I ride it with two fingers. My choice in tires was KHE Mac 2 Parks. Being one of the lightest tires out there means a thin casing and a thin casing wears quick and the tires slide in dry conditions (Wet is a nightmare). At about 495g, they are so far the lightest 26" street tire available to me. Everything else is pretty good choice. Bontrager Rhythm Pro bars with a 2" rise and at 261g, Truvativ Holzfeller stem with a 40mm length and 200g,and Lizard skin Peaty grips. Plastic pedals were not gonna be my first choice. I was gonna get Wellgo Mg1's but, when I was buying the bike, I did not have the leftover money for the Wellgo's and we only had Oddysey PC pedals at the shop. I needed pedals that I could ride for cheap and they were the smartest buy on my bike so far. LIGHT, CHEAP AND STRONG. The 3 things people ask for and can only get two. So far after about....5 or 6 months of having it, I like the way this bike handles and the way it gets around. I ride this thing religously every day and should have over 300 miles on it already. The geometry is spot on to what I have been looking for. The fact that the frame was as cheap as it was and it outperforms my older street bike, this is so far my favorite bike in my stable. NS has done a wonderful job in processing this frame and even though their warranty is only a year, I wouldn'nt mind buying another frame from them.


The magic bike that has done it all.
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I SHOULD BE WEARING A HELMET

Little 180 up a curb.
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Small 1x5 foot gap. Small but fun to do.
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2 Comments

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 nice bike mate Smile check out mine end of this week i get wheels bars stem headset spacers and cranks Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
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