buying BTwin Rockrider Big RR 5.3 29er - bad idea?

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Re: buying BTwin Rockrider Big RR 5.3 29er - bad idea?

Postby chez_m356 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 21:51 pm

Tea1023 wrote:you prefer the voodoo to the BTwin though?

honestly, knowing me, ill be upgrading parts over time anyway, there are always some form of avid juicy's for sale at my uni mtb club, so im not swayed to the voodoo for its brakes alone.

is there a way to do a poll on here, just between the voodoo bantu, the RR 29er and the stock rockrider 5.3 26"?

it's not the brakes,though they are better, it's the fork thats the difference
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Re: buying BTwin Rockrider Big RR 5.3 29er - bad idea?

Postby kevinscott » Tue Apr 30, 2013 19:13 pm

I know its been a month or so, just wondering how the Rockrider is doing...as its one on my list...

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Re: buying BTwin Rockrider Big RR 5.3 29er - bad idea?

Postby Tea1023 » Thu May 02, 2013 14:04 pm

Hey!

well im not much of a reviewer, and ive just woken up, but ill give as honest an opinion as i can:

Ive had it for a few weeks now, and in that time ive been on a few 3 hour spins, but nothing too serious off road yet. using it for a light 4km a day commute since. the tires are quite slippery in the wet, and the front brakes are becoming quite warn, but i ride it very very hard. there are quite a few jumps and stuff on the way to work, and i never miss a single one.

this is my first 29er, and ive been borrowing a giant XTC 3 until i got it, and im really happy with my purchase tbh. bunny hopping is a bit more difficult to get any height over a 26", the colour scheme isnt mind blowing, and its less maneuverable offroad, but much, much more forgiving. if i screw up a landing, or too late to jump a rock at high speed, it just keeps rolling. seriously. ive fallen once, and that was in the rain cornering way too hard. i would have fallen had i been on any bike. im yet to actually hurt myself.

its not perfect, but i found it more enjoyable than the bantu. the voodoo just felt like another mtb, the rockrider made me feel like a professional, like the first time you put on proper cycling gear and look in the mirror. the rockrider does that for me, every time i step on it. maybe its just that its so big and agressive with the 29" wheels, but I even cycle it to the shops sometimes, and theyre less than 5min walk away, just for a quick thrill.

for upgrades, definitely lose the stock pedals. i bought the £10 bmx ones they had lying around, and theyre miles better.

I will be upgrading the brakes to proper mechs, and the im getting better tires, but only once these have worn down to the end. if you want to save a lot of weight, get a better wheel set, but you can spend more on the wheels than on the whole bike so its a moot thing really.

overall, at £330, its a steal.

i cant compare to the bantu much, because i only cycled it around the store a few times, so ill leave the comparisons to the experts, but when people talk about the forks etc being better on this or that, i dont really see where theyre coming from. i rode with the silver and gold rockshox rekon that theyre talking about now, and i couldnt tell any difference, at all, between the 2. im too noob for that kind of detail, but i keep up with the big boys on their €3k XTR blah blah bikes at my local, so it doesnt matter all that much. just ride to enjoy, and i got £330 worth of entertainment from mine already.


er i dunno if this is gone off topic, or if anyone is still reading, but if youve any questions just fire away.

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Re: buying BTwin Rockrider Big RR 5.3 29er - bad idea?

Postby kevinscott » Thu May 02, 2013 14:24 pm

Mate,
That may be just the best dammed review I have ever read. At the exact level I am looking for.....
I went into my local Decathlon to have a look and have a feel of the bike. Does feel a bit on the weighty side but nothing crazy I suppose.

However, the Rockrider 8.1 (at £550) with its Matt Black finish, just looks sexier

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Re: buying BTwin Rockrider Big RR 5.3 29er - bad idea?

Postby Tea1023 » Thu May 02, 2013 14:45 pm

i LOVE the 8.1's colour scheme! but I couldnt justify the higher price as I was on a tighter budget and was sold on 29" wheels (still am, and wont go back to 26) I spent the saving on accessories instead to make me feel better about the white :P

if you can afford the 8.1, it comes HIGHLY recommended in its price bracket from those smarter than myself.

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Re: buying BTwin Rockrider Big RR 5.3 29er - bad idea?

Postby kevinscott » Thu May 02, 2013 17:16 pm

Yeah Im fighting between the Big RR 5.3 and the 8.1. The extra couple of hundred is annoying, plus I kinda fancy a 29er...but the kit the 8.1 is soooo tempting

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Re: buying BTwin Rockrider Big RR 5.3 29er - bad idea?

Postby larkim » Tue May 07, 2013 16:20 pm

Old thread, I know, but I'll chip in as another Big RR owner.

I bought it as a compromise - I'll hit Llandegla maybe once or twice a year with my son, but mostly I'll be on the roads, or perhaps around flat forest trails or converted railway lines with the rest of my brood.

I also fitted some narrow (32mm?) tyres to it earlier in the year and it "looked" absolutely fine - I used it for a Duathlon at Oulton Park, and it rolled fine! Got absolutely caned by the guys on the "proper" bikes, but managed to lap at least one of the other MTB riders that day!

I've added bar ends, stuck on my old grips and swapped the pedals for a pair of £12 Wellgo flats (in red :mrgreen: ) , as well as having to add a bracket for the trailer bike that one of my kids is riding at the moment.

For me, its the perfect compromise bike - despite its rider, I'm sure it'll handle a few trips around the trail centres, on the road its fine (the lockout is a little "clunky" but can be set whilst riding which I like), it takes narrow road tyres fine (and there's quite a choice, being a 700c wheelset) and the riding position suits me. I can cruise along at a much faster pace on the road than I could on a 26inch bike (according to my son, who would invariably be following me!).

I'm not tall (5ft8) so got the smallest of the frames. I reckon for the money, if you are after a 29er you'll not find better value for money. I don't care about a few kg, on the way up that just helps to encourage me to be fitter, on the way down, it just helps gravity along a little bit!

I even quite like the colour scheme!

HTH!

Matt
MTB 2013 Decathlon Rockrider Big RR 5.3 (mine!)
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MTB 2014 Decathlon Rockrider 520 (wife's)
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