2014 Enduro – mtb BIKES
Following the chapters with the bikes we have had at home, today we review the Enduro bikes we’ve used this year.
One Sixty Merida
The bike is the first enduro of Merida with its new suspension system virtual pivot. The frame is very robust, with short and oversized links that give it an extraordinary rigidity. The steering angle is very aggressive, which makes, along with the softness of the rear suspension a bike that goes down very good. All this has a cost, which is in this case the weight, because the bike is a little heavier than the competence, but we could discuss for a long time about lightness and reliability ….. FOX 150, brakes XT, XT crankset, adjustable seatpost ….. a luxury for a girl who is 12 years old ….. but she deserves it.
Giant Reing 24″
Aimar’s bike. It is the same bike Ainhoa’s riden this year before Pedalier gave her the Merida frame; just that we did some “tweaks”. The fork is a 145mm Nixxon tuned by Thomas to Aimar’s weight (very shoft …). With this fork and 24″ wheels the bike looks great and is a big enduro in a mini size …. Shimano entry level brakes , works great for Aimar’s weight, Cranks and change Shimano Deore and tyres Maxxis . The performance … nothing to say … …. it’s a Giant Reign … soft, ood impact absorption …. who would had caught one like this with 9 years old…
Merida Freddy (One eighty)
I’m currently riding this Enduro-freeride bike. It’s very similar to One sixty, in fact, the frame is the same except for the suspension lincks, which are more “strong” to give 180mm travel. The steering angle goes to 65.5º. This bike is made to ride hard in bikeparks. The idea was to have a lighter enduro (maybe a 29 “??), but I put it a double ring and I do all the routes with it. Climbing the weight is noticeable, although 15.900gr with pedals for a bike like this is a great weight. Pedals well …. in medium ring. In small ring, while you’re in the saddle too, but as you stand up …… Of course, as things goes down it’s luxury. The rear suspension is incredibly soft and the fork works great in all situations. Fastest you ride, better it works. It’s almost a DH. Anyway, I have to admit that for enduro is too much bike.
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR
This is one of those “fleeting” bikes in our house …. A friend gives me the frame and I thought to assemble it before the summer, but Ainhoa received from Pedalier her Merida frame and this changed our plans. I finished assembling it with pieces that were at home and almost without test we will remove it … and you’ll know why soon …. The components are simple but functional; Marzocchi Dirt Jumper III, Fox, … Avid brakes a good bike for any beginner. As with everything in life, there are things that you use a lot and others that only pass in front of you…