That's the 27.5 x 2.85 Canis. On a hardtail with 27.5+ rear, I like tire patterns with more smaller knobs placed closer together to help with rolling resistance and I find it gives better traction. I've tried a 2.8 dhf/dhr and they are ok, but they are slow and the taller more aggressive knobs don't offer any better traction for me
Posted by: thaaad
How do you like the Macride?
Love it. We used the ibert for quite some time for both our kids, it worked well for its purpose but the macride is more fun and our kids enjoy it more.
With the ibert if you took the seat out you're still left with that dagger aimed straight at your crotch. The macride is easier to get on and off, and also leaves nothing in the way once it is off.
Used it for my daughter til she was just over 5, and my 4 yo son is on it now. Only thing is they enjoy it so much it makes them a bit lazy from riding their own bikes. Back when they could both fit it they would also fight over who would get to ride it.
This is me for this season or less, hopefully. I'm trying to transition to FS bike (again) this year, I think I've finally found the right bike to do it.
So my Surface has been de-specced and built up with utilitarian parts. It has been surprisingly difficult to sell this winter, but hoping the Spring/Summer season will help her find a new loving owner.
Posted by: Cheez1ts
I do have another Kona Steely frame with a pike 454 coil u-turn that I’m planning to build into a commuter that’s tough enough to ride Burnaby mountain trails on.
I'd love to get my hands on the steely that came the year after the blue one, could also accommodate a tapered steer tube. Raw steel finish with brass brazed bosses and cable guides I believe, similar to the '16 Honzo.
Yeah really hard to stomach the frame only price of the Ibis/SC unless you're 150% committed to this genre. And at that same price you can move to the Ripmo/Hightower which is undoubtedly more capable, minimal weight penalty, and virtually same geometry.
Well I've got another few weeks/ months to build up and rehab from a frustrating Fall of injuries
I'll be swapping most of my current build over. 10 speed 11-46 drivetrain with a 28t oval ring that the frame will hopefully clear. Old XTR brake levers with Deore 4 pot calipers front and maybe rear if needed
Thanks for the feedback; I ride primarily Eagle and Burke, but have expanded out to the Fraser Valley a bit too. I don't often get my wheels off the ground intentionally, so huckability isn't huge on my criteria. I just wanted something to take a bit of the sting out of the hardtail (more than a 2.8" tire) and more climbing traction is never a bad thing.
I think the gyst of the reviews was that it's more capable than a 115mm bike should be. The other bike on my radar was the new Tallboy, but being so new there have been virtually none on the used market and even then it's at minimal discount compared to new.
My Trance is coming with the DVO shock, I really like the DVO fork I've been using the past 6 months and I've also had good experiences with the Topaz on a more recent trail bike too
OT, how do you like the Trance 29? I have one on the way as a do it all trail bike, to replace the various Chromags I've been on over the past 3 years. Everything I've read indicates that it rides like a 130-140 bike
Back on topic, I'm hoping it will work with the 28t oval rings that work well for me
I have a Trailmaster DT that has worked well for me and more importantly looks awesome.
I did also have an original Trailmaster LTD with the ti rails that didn't work as comfortably for me, I'm not sure why. And the ti rails creaked incessantly. I don't know if the new LTDs are any different, but at that price premium I'm not about to find out.
Posted by: heathen
I am not the only one to thi k about this.
I had a quick look at the leverage curve charts. The Range is actually quite progressive and should work well with a coil. The Patrol is less so, around the same ball park as the Stump evo.
Although leverage curve is very important, the shock's compression tunes now also add another variable.
So at the end you need to look at the overall sum of the parts and how they all play together.
I trust Transition have gone coil because of a defined performance benefit, they as a company are pretty good with not following the trends generally speaking. I mean at the end of the day they gave us modern slack geo with decreased offset forks which they pretty much cobbled together in their garage to R&D