Rigid frame

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Triban Man
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Rigid frame

Postby Triban Man » Tue Apr 02, 2013 18:11 pm

I have a Trek 3500 (2009 model) mountain bike that I absolutely love. It has a rigid frame and I have seen some rather sniffy comments online saying it should not be taken off road. Despite these warnings, it has always served me well, including at Glentress and Innerleithen. But I have started doing a lot more of this kind of riding recently and was wondering what advantages I would get from upgrading to something with suspension and disc brakes.

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supersonic
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Re: Rigid frame

Postby supersonic » Tue Apr 02, 2013 23:25 pm

Hard to say. More control with forks over the rough stuff, maybe better stopping.

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Re: Rigid frame

Postby unquestioned » Wed Apr 03, 2013 06:44 am

More speed & control, more comfort but ride what you like to ride, that's the important part.

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Re: Rigid frame

Postby The Rookie » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:01 pm

If you enjoy it, do it, I know plenty of people who ride rigid, the 0.5-1.5Kg weight saving can go a long way to making up for the lack of suspension!

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Re: Rigid frame

Postby Triban Man » Wed Apr 03, 2013 20:18 pm

Thanks people. Food for thought.

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Re: Rigid frame

Postby EH_Rob » Thu Apr 04, 2013 14:35 pm

Whilst you're having fun don't bother changing it just because someone on the internet told you to. All mountain bikes used to be like that.

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Re: Rigid frame

Postby ga-rat » Mon Apr 08, 2013 17:36 pm

Could you keep it rigid and add disc brakes?

In muddy conditions you really can't beat disc brakes, still summer is coming, well hopefully, :lol: conditions will be just dusty and no sign of mud.

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Re: Rigid frame

Postby Monty Dog » Mon Apr 08, 2013 18:42 pm

A rigid bike teaches you to ride smooth and carefully select your lines - fit a carbon fork with room for a fat front tyre and you'll wonder what all the fuss is about.
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