You’ll need to shift your weight back a fair bit for 4” roots on an xc bikeThe only issues are my fitness, and my head seeing a four inch root and instinctively thinking "the suspension will handle that" like my enduro bike... Didn't quite go over the bars though....
I think I could get used to this and can see why people enjoy it as much as trail riding.
My dad had one of those and I snapped it.The MTB bike industry makes womens fashion look slow moving. Trouble is, its not just colours and styles. They change wheel sizes, wheel mounts, seat tube sizes etc etc etc and none of the stuff you already have fits the later standards.
Worst thing is, it's not always for the better. OK, some improvements work & get retained, but lots gets changed for (I think) change's sake.
My advice - be very suspicious of "new and improved" until you've either 1) Ridden it a lot, or 2) Lots of manufacturers have adopted it
Case in point, I once bought one of these ......... WTF was I thinking !
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Nice one, cheers. I've set the air pressure and fiddled with the clickers but I'm not doing anything that pushes the suspension. It's working well as I could just smash across extensive root sections without issue. Both ends need a good service though and they feel a bit harsh over the small chattery stuff.Hey Al_Orange, You have a fantastic bike but maybe its not set up for you?? weight:air pressure:sag/rebound even the lock out might be on!! Its easy to get all the info online and well worth checking it out, any good cycle shop should also help with info. Your core will get a workout on an MTB and your balance will improve.......... both will help your enduro so dont give up!!!
Wrt to the Fuel, you describe it well in how it feels but it's still more than capable for my skill at the moment. I'm a proper beginner with lots to learn. I'm trying to get a feel for it before I commit to a new e-mtb.I rode downhill for about 20 years before I got into this stuff. At first I was puzzled by comments about the mtb lacking grip etc compared to an enduro bike, because I thought the exact opposite when I changed! I could brake a lot harder and corner faster in pretty much all conditions on my dh bike. Then I saw that the bike in question is an old fuel. Nothing wrong with a fuel, I had one for a while as a second bike, but it’s an xc bike (or at least the old ones are, the new ones are longer, slacker, lower), with xc geometry and usually some skinny arse tyres. The long stem they come with puts too much weight over the front, and that isn’t helped by the steep head angle and short wheel base, the bottom bracket is high by today’s standards. A newer bike with a short stem (< 50mm), slack head angle, long wheelbase, and low bb, combined with wider rims and tyres, will be totally different. Some nice wide tubeless tyres will let you run pretty low pressures, especially if they have a dh carcass, without the tyre rolling on the rim - I would go as low as I could depending on how rocky/risk of pinch flat it was. An e bike will be even more stable and planted because of the weight. Depends what type of riding you’re doing as to how to set a bike up, if it’s mainly flat, or you’re more interested in distance/climbing, then setting a bike up for downhill or going fast, will be a bit of a pain.
See above... I've always thought downhill riders are either super human or completely insane!You’ll need to shift your weight back a fair bit for 4” roots on an xc bike
Coming at it from the other direction maybe gives me a different perspective, but it took me a while to start enjoying my exc250. I think flying down a downhill track at full speed is the best feeling in the world, just a shame my knees and feet can’t take the repeated pushes back to the top anymore.
Yes, I know. That’s a decision for the individual, but given the prices I’d personally take the chance. I’ve a few mates who’ve bought YT bikes (2x Tues dh and a Capra), and they’re great. I’m not a big fan of the e13 kit they put on them, but I wouldn’t see it as a deal breaker.Problem with YT is that any issue and it has to go back to Germany. I’ve heard people waiting weeks for their bikes to be sorted.
Looked like a spaceship at the time - but the steering head steepened massively as the front compressed, pretty much exactly what you DONT want to happen.My dad had one of those and I snapped it.
Luckily they had a lifetime warranty and got a 4 year newer frame. The thing used to dive like crazy under braking.
And they’re really nice looking bikes too.Yes, I know. That’s a decision for the individual, but given the prices I’d personally take the chance. I’ve a few mates who’ve bought YT bikes (2x Tues dh and a Capra), and they’re great. I’m not a big fan of the e13 kit they put on them, but I wouldn’t see it as a deal breaker.