Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    250

    wondering what my next bike could be...

    First of all, hi again! Haven't been here for a while. Was happily riding my 2004 X5 in the rocky norteast for a long time but then moved to the flat lands of Berlin and the X5 now seems a little short (TT), sluggish (HA/travel path), the BB a tad high...looking for a snappy but heavy dutyXC / light trai/AM machine with 67/70 HA and low BB. I am now tossed between a custom El Salt (all angles equal/similar but accomodating 120mm fork) or an El Ciclon (not kleen on those bendy tubes, though). Other thoughts include a Flux or 5Spot (posted also on the Turner forum).
    I always liked the Salty and I think it can stand enough abuse. But was hoping for more travel for 2012 (and custom will come in pricey). Maybe I can get over the El Ciclon tube shape but it seems to be built for longer forks.
    So given a Fox F120, El Ciclon or custom El Salt?
    Thanks!
    Last edited by schotter; 11-22-2011 at 02:26 AM.

  2. #2
    The Bubble Wrap Hysteria
    Reputation: mtnbiker4life's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    3,202
    A semi custom El Salt built around a 120mm fork with a 2.25" stroke rear shock to get 110mm rear travel.......this is what I've been thinking about.

    .

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    250
    yesyesyes...just without raising bb height...yum.

  4. #4
    destination unknown
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1,515
    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker4life View Post
    A semi custom El Salt built around a 120mm fork with a 2.25" stroke rear shock to get 110mm rear travel.
    This sounds good! I've been thinking the same thing. My Spot is getting beefier so I'd like something for longer XC/Trail rides that's nimble, low, fast and on the lighter side

    wondering what my next bike could be...-elsalt.jpg

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    250
    67 degree head angle nimble?

  6. #6
    destination unknown
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1,515
    Quote Originally Posted by schotter View Post
    67 degree head angle nimble?
    Sure - how a bike handles is more than just the head angle. Nimble in that I can throw it around easier.

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    250
    Of course. Sorry if I made this sound like I am doubting this, just different preferences here.

  8. #8
    Ultra Ventanaphile
    Reputation: Ciclistagonzo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Posts
    3,132
    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker4life View Post
    A semi custom El Salt built around a 120mm fork with a 2.25" stroke rear shock to get 110mm rear travel.......this is what I've been thinking about.

    .
    You keep "thinking" it....

    I'l keep riding it......

    2008 Salt, With 2010 2.25" RP23, 110mm. Pike set at 115. I have changed out the Tires for WTB 2.3 Bronsons. and Gamut Alu. Bash. Head angle is 69, BB is 13.4
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails wondering what my next bike could be...-110-salt.jpg  

    -Aaron G.

    "Before D.W., "anti-squat" was referred to as pedal feedback."

  9. #9
    Team Chilidog!
    Reputation: Stripes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    7,231
    Quote Originally Posted by LncNuvue View Post
    Sure - how a bike handles is more than just the head angle. Nimble in that I can throw it around easier.
    Short chainstays help with that
    MTB4Her.com: mountain bike site for women, by women

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    250
    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    You keep "thinking" it....

    I'l keep riding it......

    2008 Salt, With 2010 2.25" RP23, 110mm. Pike set at 115. I have changed out the Tires for WTB 2.3 Bronsons. and Gamut Alu. Bash. Head angle is 69, BB is 13.4
    nice.

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    76

    Salty - no customization necessary

    Been riding a 2007 w/ off the shelf geo but with a 2.25" RP23 & a TALAS 100-120-140mm fork. Was directed to lengthen the shock stroke by Sherwood as its "a little known hop-up" which increases the rear wheel travel to 4.5". For the East coast rocky & rooty single track I ride, the bike feels awesome at 120"mm up front and very good at 100 or 140mm depending on what I'm doing. Even prior to lengthening the shock stroke the bike loved the TALAS.

Similar Threads

  1. new guy here,wondering about this bike i acquired
    By bderlan in forum Beginner's Corner
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 03-12-2011, 06:08 AM
  2. New Bike, Wondering of your Opinion
    By ahrrivas in forum Beginner's Corner
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 11-13-2007, 10:05 PM
  3. I was wondering why my new bike weighed 35+ pounds
    By trailville in forum Urban/DJ/Park
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 08-09-2007, 04:39 PM
  4. Was wondering what I could possibly sell my new bike for?
    By mattbryant2 in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-27-2005, 08:00 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •