Mega tr or alternatives

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Mega tr or alternatives

Postby b_wilde » Fri Aug 09, 2013 23:28 pm

Hey. Looking at buying me a new full sus. Had a heckler and never got on with it. I currently ride a cove stifee which to be honest is an amazing bike. However it is getting on now and showing its scars so looking fir a new bike. Frame only pref as have a budget of 1000ish as my parts can bolt straight over really as most of them are still relatively new.

Tempted by a mega tr as I don't need masses of travel as I'm used to a hardtail with a 140/150 fork. Do hard trial riding and go around the country a bit with the occasional go on light dh runs so need something to take the abuse.

Any suggestions????

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby ej2320 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 09:50 am

1 issue, a lot of 2014 frames are 650b so you might either want to by 650b wheels or calculate the geometry effect of running 26 on a 650b frame

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:31 am

26" wheels aren't going to become obsolete any time soon, there are too many already in use for manufacturers to stop making wheels forks or tyres.
Mega TR is wicked fun. Its definitely a hard hitting play bike rather than an xc bike. It feels really good on DH trails and jumps but not so great on climbs.
A mate has one for enduro racing and he loves it.

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby ej2320 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 15:39 pm

Defiantly, 26" tyre ect will be produced for a while but the nukeproof is strange as it's only 26" and most 2014 frames are 650b so I was just saying do the calculations as you won't want to ruin the HA ect

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sat Aug 10, 2013 15:55 pm

Lots of smaller manufacturers are sticking with 26".
Why would you want to fit 650B wheels?
26" parts will be around for a long time.

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby b_wilde » Sat Aug 10, 2013 23:04 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:26" wheels aren't going to become obsolete any time soon, there are too many already in use for manufacturers to stop making wheels forks or tyres.
Mega TR is wicked fun. Its definitely a hard hitting play bike rather than an xc bike. It feels really good on DH trails and jumps but not so great on climbs.
A mate has one for enduro racing and he loves it.

How does he find it landing jumps and drops. I was concerned that it might blow through its travel and bottom out to easily if you get a but rowdy with it.

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sun Aug 11, 2013 08:12 am

No problem. It ramps up quite fast, almost like a slopestyle bike

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby Kowalski675 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 20:34 pm

Mega TR gets a great review in this month's MBUK group test (4.5 stars).

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby b_wilde » Mon Aug 12, 2013 14:09 pm

So with the news of 650b next season what do we say. Pick up a bargin 26 frame or wait and splash more cash than I should on the 650b build

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby ej2320 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 14:56 pm

Up to you, there no guarantee 26 with be cheap with the 650b nukeproofs, they said they will make both 26 and 650b for 2014 and let the customer choose which they want

I really like this approach from Nukeproof, they will really gain support by making both size frames

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Aug 12, 2013 15:52 pm

I just saw that today. Im really tempted to order a 26" Mega TR. That will mean I can still use my DH tyres on it as well as my xc tyres and spare wheels.
I liked the idea of the Giant Trance SX but then I can't use any of my 26" bits.

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby ej2320 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 16:24 pm

The new 650b mega has almost sold it to me. Pagey looks rapid on the 650b mega

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Aug 12, 2013 16:47 pm

He would be rapid on any bike. Its impossible to tell how much faster the 650b is or if it is any faster at all.
Its only half an inch on the radius which is absolutely bugger all. Thou it must make some difference, Dan Atherton was most un-complimentary when GT gave him 650 b wheels to try

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby ej2320 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 17:10 pm

I'm gonna go 650b cause I NOW HAVE NO CHOICE! Except for nukeproof or Ibis

To be honest I can run a 2.1 tyre and make it nearly 26" if I don't like it

Nico reckons on a 2 minute 30 second run it will save 1 second off the time. In other works, it's literally the same as 26" but we want every advantage we can get in enduro but most importantly we can make more money..

Don't want the debate on wheel size but Pagey looks just as rapid on a 26" as he does on a 650b, therefore I can conclude I'll buy whatever. I just want to ride

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby Kowalski675 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 22:27 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:I just saw that today. Im really tempted to order a 26" Mega TR.


I had a look at one in Stif Cycles - v nice looking bike.

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Re: Mega tr or alternatives

Postby ej2320 » Tue Aug 13, 2013 09:17 am

Kowalski675 wrote:
RockmonkeySC wrote:I just saw that today. Im really tempted to order a 26" Mega TR.


I had a look at one in Stif Cycles - v nice looking bike.


They seem well made with a good Rockshox, £1250 is a good price


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