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Attila



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:48 pm    Post subject: N+1 Winter Hardtail Reply with quote

Instead of trashing the bearings in my Stumpjumper I decided I should get a hardtail for winter riding and maybe an XC race or 2 next year. I mentioned this in passing to a colleague when he said 'I've got a mountain bike, it's up for sale at the moment, I've only ridden it 4 times...'
We settled on a price and I took it home, It's a Whyte 629 and it's in great condition.


I can't wait to give it a thrash, it needs a dropper and the brakes are Avid Elixir which need to be swapped asap but other than that it should make for a brilliant little XC / Trail thrasher!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a very nice white Whyte. Just mind where you parked it when the snow comes. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stuff, lucky find that Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice indeed Cool Cool Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't beat a good HT for the winter. I lashed out and got myself a Bird Zero which is almost as good as the FS on the downs and climbs loads better. Specced 1x10 and with a dropper - it's a brilliant bike. Loving your Whyte - enjoy!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Treehugger wrote:
Can't beat a good HT for the winter.


or the summer
or the autumn
or the spring

Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers guys, I'm really happy with it.

Hopefully it will help me push my riding on a little too, FS bikes tend to make you a bit lazy as you let the rear suspension do some of the work for you...

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet you're pleased with that. I like how the colour matches the brand too haha
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MPX309 wrote:
I bet you're pleased with that. I like how the colour matches the brand too haha


I really am, its a proper little ripper! I've switched the tyres as they offered zero grip in winter conditions (they rolled damn fast though) and I punctured every single ride, it's now running a Hans Dampf up front and a Nobby Nic at the rear set up tubeless.
I'm on the lookout for a cheap dropper for it too as the kink in the seat tube means I can only drop the saddle by about an inch when it gets a bit technical.
I'd like to swap the brakes for something a little more powerful too but that is a way down the line.

I bloody love it though, a very worthwhile purchase! I've not ridden the stumpy at all this year yet, but then all my riding so far has been pretty tame...

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! can't beat a winter HT - good tyre choice too - if you get the chance though - give the Magic Mary a try up front, had a HD and Nobby Nic on the Chief which was good, but when I put a MM on the front it was different gravy level of grip!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I managed to grab this shot while waiting for my buddy on the weekend



It really is a bloody capable machine, it does now need 2 upgrades though, new brakes to replace the wooden avids and a dropper post as the seat tube has a kink in it which means you can't drop the post anywhere near far enough when the trails get steep (that is as far as the seat will drop!). I may try chopping a few inches off the seatpost as a temporary fix but a dropper is just so much more convenient.

Other than those 2 little niggles its a proper little ripper Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet. Wink
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