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Big Bike Thread

Discussion in 'SA Archive' started by Breamy, Feb 11, 2006.

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  1. touch

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 28, 2006

    Posts: 11,396

    Location: Sufferlandria

    Well, if you're going to do it, do it right and get some sufferfest videos.
    http://www.thesufferfest.com/
     
  2. Supercow

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 30, 2003

    Posts: 13,697

    Location: Straya

    Ah glad to hear that - deffo more of a flat pedal crossover than any other pedal I've tried. Just wish I went for the combo I mentioned, right off the bat.
     
  3. Big Chris

    Soldato

    Joined: Apr 5, 2004

    Posts: 5,383

    Location: Chipping Norton

    Just pulled the trigger on this as a wedding present to myself:

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    If the Mrs can spend £3k on a wedding dress, I deserve a new bike :cool:.

    Available from stock too in my size (XL) so won't have to wait 6 months to get it.
     
  4. Juggy1985

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

    Posts: 1,194

    Damn i'm jelly on a plate!
     
  5. Begbie

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 20, 2004

    Posts: 23,609

    Location: .....

    Also jelly, looks lush!
     
  6. kaotikuk

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 5, 2012

    Posts: 872

    I love my 2014 spectral, so you will enjoy that bike for sure! :D
     
  7. Big Chris

    Soldato

    Joined: Apr 5, 2004

    Posts: 5,383

    Location: Chipping Norton

    Which one have you got? How do you find it on the ups and downs?
     
  8. kaotikuk

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 5, 2012

    Posts: 872

    i got the spectral al 7.0.. Its awesome both up and down tbh. I went from a 29er hardtail and didnt notice much difference on the ups. Its so aggressive so its amazing to throw around downhill. I changed to a 34t narrow wide upfront aswell , so lighter and its even better now :D Its just a perfect all mountain bike imo.
     
  9. Big Chris

    Soldato

    Joined: Apr 5, 2004

    Posts: 5,383

    Location: Chipping Norton

    Good stuff. I've read plenty of reviews but good to know from a 'regular' rider! :p

    Will see how I get on with the chain device up front, did think of narrow/ride ring and losing the device myself actually, but having spent the best part of £3k on it I might have to hold off on any mods for a while!

    What size did you go for? The size thing on the website is notoriously out, and at 6'4 with 35" inside leg it put me on a Large!
     
  10. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 6,292

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

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    God that GT is nice!! Soo light...
     
  11. kaotikuk

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 5, 2012

    Posts: 872

    I went for a medium, im 5'9 with 32" inside leg. Although the reviews did say the 2014 spectral was on the smaller side for tall people, but no problem for me with medium i found it pretty spot on.
     
  12. Juggy1985

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

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    My dmr vaults were making a funny noise so I stripped one and found the silly plastic du bearing/bush has self destructed due to non maintenance. You can't just buy the bush on its own, instead a full service kit for £20+ from paininthearse reaction!

    So when I sort the bush I'm definitely keeping ontop of maintenance n em in the future!

    Trying to strip the pedal at first was a pain, the drive side pedal even though right hand thread at the crank arm is left hand thread to take the nut off the axle to remove pedal body from the axle. You need a little 8mm socket to remove the nut. Not sure how you'd remove the inner sealed bearing as its in the pedal quite deep.
     
  13. touch

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 28, 2006

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    Location: Sufferlandria

  14. Big Chris

    Soldato

    Joined: Apr 5, 2004

    Posts: 5,383

    Location: Chipping Norton

    Yeah I read that about the 2014, I've got a long torso and my current bike is too short so when I stand up I'm right over the front wheel which is scary.
     
  15. Juggy1985

    Wise Guy

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  16. touch

    Capodecina

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    Location: Sufferlandria

    These are the sizes, cant find a plastic bush though.
     
  17. BaJ

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 780

    Location: The middle bit

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    Quick snap of my Bandit up at Stile Cop.

    I've had the Bandit coming up to two years now, I still love it. My riding has developed over that time though, I'm riding much bigger stuff now. I spent a couple of hours sessioning some runs yesterday and started to feel beat up by the end of it.

    The 130mm back-end doesn't feel all that anymore, plus the Fox 32's feel a bit wibbly wobbly. Can't afford a new bike mind. I'll have to get smoother.
     
  18. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 6,292

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

    Lovely looking Bandit Baj!

    Why not put some Rockshox on the front? That'll stiffen the front end up.
     
  19. BaJ

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 780

    Location: The middle bit

    I have thought about it, they're 150 float 32s currently. I could get some 150 Pikes, they do have a longer Axle-Crown length mind and the Bandit was designed around a 140mm float.

    I'm also worried about investing further in to 26" at this point. I've heard of people putting 650b pikes on 26" bikes for future proofing, but they've an even longer AC length!

    Hmm, wonder how much I'd get for the Bandit to put towards a Capra AL :D
     
  20. NickK

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2003

    Posts: 18,518

    Here's my 1998 Kona Lavadome :) in the new static trainer gadget..

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    It's been a bit upgraded over the years.. SPDs, Monster shocks, XT, HollotechII, Hope Ti hub/spokes/wheels, new seat post and seat after destroying them (bent)....

    Retro anyone? It may be a steel frame.. but it's lighter than most bikes out there :D
     
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