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by ChrisS
Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pillow recommendation please
Replies: 35
Views: 582

Re: Pillow recommendation please

Another Kush user here. I go with two folds inside a buff because I like quite a low pillow. Also about 80% inflated, don’t find it that comfortable when it’s fully inflated. I like it but it’s the only one i’ve ever used.
by ChrisS
Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me a new hardtail
Replies: 40
Views: 643

Re: Recommend me a new hardtail

Al wrote:
Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:22 am
Seen this?

Just round the corner from me!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184810489152
I had thanks! I’m still working out exactly what I want though so not going to go for it. Lots of love on this thread for the Solaris though.
by ChrisS
Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me a new hardtail
Replies: 40
Views: 643

Re: Recommend me a new hardtail

I've the Mk1 Solaris, possibly my favourite bike. With a modern suspension fork it's an absolute hoot. For the last few years it's had a rigid carbon fork fitted meaning that unladen it comes out at around 11kg even without going down the weight-weenie rabbit hole. That’s actually not that far off ...
by ChrisS
Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Whats the pick of the 29er rims at the moment?
Replies: 34
Views: 523

Re: Whats the pick of the 29er rims at the moment?

Stans Arch Mk3 suffer from cracking at the spoke holes. I've had one changed under warranty. I'm not tough on my wheels and they were built to exacting standards (by me :wink: ) so I'd say it's an issue with the rim rather than wheel build/usage. If I didn't have them on 2 bikes with interchangeabl...
by ChrisS
Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me a new hardtail
Replies: 40
Views: 643

Re: Recommend me a new hardtail

I've the Mk1 Solaris, possibly my favourite bike. With a modern suspension fork it's an absolute hoot. For the last few years it's had a rigid carbon fork fitted meaning that unladen it comes out at around 11kg even without going down the weight-weenie rabbit hole. That’s actually not that far off ...
by ChrisS
Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 2021
Replies: 636
Views: 19173

Re: HT550 2021

I thought I heard a strange bird noises in Fisherfield. Was genuinely puzzled all the way up the HaB, but it turned out to be Nick B’s Wahoo bleeping to say he was moving too slowly :lol: :lol:
by ChrisS
Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me a new hardtail
Replies: 40
Views: 643

Re: Recommend me a new hardtail

I think the Cotic Solaris would be my choice had I not disappeared down the Jones rabbit hole. I nearly bought a first gen one but was put off by the lack of tyre clearance. The latest one addresses that as well as having more fun geo. Its probably too long for me but I suspect would be a hoot on a...
by ChrisS
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me a new hardtail
Replies: 40
Views: 643

Re: Recommend me a new hardtail

I have the pipedream sirius and have to say it's lovely. I got it with their rigid fork as it is massively capable round a trail centre and I would assume for bikepacking aswell (I haven't used it in this role). For 2k I'd get the frame and their rigid fork then a suspension fork as well (something...
by ChrisS
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me a new hardtail
Replies: 40
Views: 643

Re: Recommend me a new hardtail

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:35 pm
Aren't they designed to be used with a rigid fork rather than suspension?
They are built round a rigid fork but many people do fir sus' forks to them.
Didn’t realise that thanks :-bd
by ChrisS
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me a new hardtail
Replies: 40
Views: 643

Re: Recommend me a new hardtail

ssnowman wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:43 pm
A few that piqued my interest when I was looking:

Esker Hayduke
Nordest Sardinha
Veloheld Iron
All new names to me, thanks!
by ChrisS
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me a new hardtail
Replies: 40
Views: 643

Re: Recommend me a new hardtail

I think getting something in stock will be the main problem! I enquired about a chameleon AL frame a month ago and the 2022 model isn't expected until September at least (and will probably sell-out on pre-order). Other options: On-one big dog or Scandal (not at current prices!) Sonder signal (Ti or...
by ChrisS
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me a new hardtail
Replies: 40
Views: 643

Re: Recommend me a new hardtail

[Engages "recommend what you already have" mode] Cotic Solaris? I've found mine very good for bikepacking duties, and Trep is similarly enamoured with hers. The longshot geo is very stable when chucking it down the local steeps. It seems pretty keen to stay planted on the trail, not a bike that pop...
by ChrisS
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me a new hardtail
Replies: 40
Views: 643

Re: Recommend me a new hardtail

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:12 pm
New Stooge when they're available?
Aren't they designed to be used with a rigid fork rather than suspension?
by ChrisS
Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me a new hardtail
Replies: 40
Views: 643

Recommend me a new hardtail

I currently own a XC hardtail (Merida Big Nine in carbon) but I'd like to change it for something a bit more trail friendly that's just going to be more fun to ride on steeper, technical trails. I don't own a full sus and unlikely to get one, so something slacker and rowdier but that will also do fo...
by ChrisS
Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Whats the pick of the 29er rims at the moment?
Replies: 34
Views: 523

Re: Whats the pick of the 29er rims at the moment?

Stans Arch Mk3 suffer from cracking at the spoke holes. I've had one changed under warranty. I'm not tough on my wheels and they were built to exacting standards (by me :wink: ) so I'd say it's an issue with the rim rather than wheel build/usage. If I didn't have them on 2 bikes with interchangeabl...
by ChrisS
Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't

Just to add to this, I've been thinking about why I (and a few others) blew up on day one. I had an interesting chat with Huw Oliver regarding this at the finish and he came up with some good advice. I definitely went off a bit too quick but not obviously so - single speed tends to dictate your pac...
by ChrisS
Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't

Forgot to add… Didn’t work OS maps app, not once. Despite supposedly ‘downloading’ all the maps I needed for use offline. What a pile of crap that app is. Luckily I had ViewRanger as backup. I used OS maps all the way round on my phone, with no problems, but i suppose it depends on what you were ex...
by ChrisS
Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 2021
Replies: 636
Views: 19173

Re: HT550 2021

Across the line yesterday, very happy to have finally finished this journey to get round the Highland Trail My main goal was to finish and never clock watched at all round the course. Very surprised at 9d2h (ish) It’s taken 3 attempts, thwarted my weather, bike and body issues but this time was dif...
by ChrisS
Mon May 31, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't

Forgot to add… Didn’t work OS maps app, not once. Despite supposedly ‘downloading’ all the maps I needed for use offline. What a pile of crap that app is. Luckily I had ViewRanger as backup. Well done for completing it! The OS maps app has a fatal flaw - check whether you’re storing on iCloud or on...
by ChrisS
Mon May 31, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't

Forgot to add…

Didn’t work
OS maps app, not once. Despite supposedly ‘downloading’ all the maps I needed for use offline. What a pile of crap that app is. Luckily I had ViewRanger as backup.
by ChrisS
Mon May 31, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't

I remember one of these threads from a few years ago and I found it really helpful, so here's my contribution from this year's event. What worked Dropper post - So glad I had this. It helped turn my XC hardtail geometry into something a bit more confidence-inspiring on steep ground. I also used it l...
by ChrisS
Wed May 19, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 2021
Replies: 636
Views: 19173

Re: HT550 2021

OBH wasn't open to non residents last year. Can't see any change to that on their website. No, they wouldn't serve us, even outside last year, but a friend has just come back from there and they said they got served outside, so it seems that is an option this year. This is what OBH said, Hi yes we ...
by ChrisS
Mon May 17, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Downloading Maps of huge routes offline to Mobile Phone ?
Replies: 19
Views: 517

Re: Downloading Maps of huge routes offline to Mobile Phone ?

Not sure, but the merging with Outdoor Active filled me with dread... I’m still hanging onto the 2018 legacy app with bought maps that actually exist as a file on my phone. Sorry, that’s not much help!
by ChrisS
Mon May 17, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Downloading Maps of huge routes offline to Mobile Phone ?
Replies: 19
Views: 517

Re: Downloading Maps of huge routes offline to Mobile Phone ?

Apologies if this has been done to death elsewhere ... I usually load my planned routes to the OS Maps app on my phone and download the maps before I go and use this as a navigational backup on the ride. However, for the Highland Trail 550, the GPX (separate out and back) routes cover so much land ...
by ChrisS
Mon May 17, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gloves for wet and windy weather
Replies: 26
Views: 612

Re: Gloves for wet and windy weather

My plan was 100% Brisker gloves with Buffallo Mitts if necessary. I tried various neoprene gloves after Nick Bubb raved about them after HT550 2019 but he is a tough yaughtsman and I didn't get on that well with them. I've ordered a pair of the work gloves Phil has because they were a fiver and wil...