Just wanna play!

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ZMC886
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Just wanna play!

Postby ZMC886 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 14:04 pm

Recently I've built up an old GT Chucker 2.0 frame since all my local trails have been overgrown and have really been having fun on it in the city and BMX track and thinking that I'd really like a fairly lightweight FS or HT play bike that does a bit of everything mostly because the area I live is very dry and I need to ride a fair bit of road to get to my local hills as I don't have a car. I love big heavy FS/AM bikes running on Minions with coil shocks down-hill, but the thing is that is only about 10% of my riding.

What I ride:
Street (wheelies, manuals, endos, stairs, commuting, shopping) 50%
BMX track and hard pack dirt 30%
Gnarly rocky descents and climbs 20%

I want to keep it light so I want t keep the fork under 2.5 KG and the frame under 3KG, total build under 13 or 14KG. So no FR forks or steel frames. Also a fairly easy to maintain bike.

A few ideas...
Nukeproof Snap
SC Jackal
NS Soda with AIR shock
Identiti DR JEKYLL A-D-S
Blackmarkt Killswitch
Transition Double
Banshee/Mythic Double

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The Rookie
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Re: Just wanna play!

Postby The Rookie » Tue Nov 13, 2012 15:44 pm

You'll struggle to get an HT over 3Kg even in steel.
Personally I'd suggest sticking with a steel HT with a decent 150mm (ish) fork, which will just be a better version of your Chucker (is yours a steel or ally frame by the way? I've ridden both).
Maybe a Steel 456? You haven't given an idea of budget.

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Cat With No Tail
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Re: Just wanna play!

Postby Cat With No Tail » Tue Nov 13, 2012 15:55 pm

I'm assuming as you say it's really dry where you live, that you're not in the UK.

And as said above, you need a rough idea of budget.

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.blitz
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Re: Just wanna play!

Postby .blitz » Wed Nov 14, 2012 08:58 am

Was considering a Snap a while ago to replace my trusty Chucker but although the frame is reasonably priced it's very focussed and arguably less versatile than a Chucker.

felix.london on here has one:
http://thehairyrider.com/2012/06/13/fir ... ld-part-1/

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Re: Just wanna play!

Postby snoopsmydogg » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:37 am

Cat With No Tail wrote:I'm assuming as you say it's really dry where you live, that you're not in the UK.

And as said above, you need a rough idea of budget.


by the fact the OP used the term Gnarly I assumed they werent from the UK. :wink:

ZMC886
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Re: Just wanna play!

Postby ZMC886 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 15:35 pm

Yep, I'm from the UK originally but live in China. -5 degree winters, 40 degree summers. Mostly dry.
There are steep rocky mountain areas with similar size hills to Scottish highlands but I think I might go with a specific longer travel bike for that.

Frame budget is about max 1000 pounds for the right frame, if it is FS, 500 for HT.

The NP Snap does seem rather directly focused I'll admit, Transition Double maybe.


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