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Discussion in 'Observed Trials Discussion' started by Pops, Feb 3, 2004.
What do people think about the '04 Norco Evolve ?
depends on what you are doing with it... if yo uare going to ride trials, no.
once again- naysayer.
the 04 evolve is a great bike for biginner trials riders who are not positive they want to really ride trials or for someone who is looking to get into the sport but not dive in head first. for the money you end up with some pretty decent stuff. with only a few minor upgrades it can be a great starter bike.
I would have considered it a year ago. I thought about a P3, but still was in mature in my trials life. Thank god WheatRidge had an entire built up trials bike to fart around on. I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for that...
im not trying to be a full-on naysayer here, what i meant by trials is, if you are sure taht if yo uwant to ride trials, get a trials specific bike ,it is a TON better than somthing like the evolve which seems more like an urban/trials bike... just my humble humble opinion pie.
you should say that in the first place. makes you sound like less of a dousche pump :bigthumb:
yeah, now I'm wishin' i had a cooler trials bike and had built it up the correct way the first time! Now, I've got a bent rear axle! (I bent my deore hub axle when I was riding last saturday). POS. Oh well, I'm closer to getting a king now.
wise, Very wise, advice...
i like teh pump part better than the nozzle...
i was thinking about getting an azonic frame ,teh na p3, then an evil imperial, because i tought i wanted to do a mixture of things with a little bit of trials... i wanted a fork and all that, but then i went to a group ride and i decided to go full rigid and all teh 9 yards, great decision. i reccomend not buying a bike to try and do everything...
That's what I did, and ended up riding more trials oriented...and found myself heading in that direction. I always told myself, "I don't wanna be a trials rider in an urban environment"...LOL, yeah, that didn't last too long, well, I guess I can keep that promise and just stay natty :werd:
Well, I guess I took the wrong approach then, LOL. I tried to go BEEF on my other bike and ended up getting a full on trials bike.
This whole geometry thing is takin some getting used to. I tried to pedal roll-off a 1 foot curb today and got a reality check. When my front hit, there was no suspension to soak up errors, my wheel was slightly crooked, and I high sided after trying to correct...yeah, there were cars driving by and kids watching. The fact that I'm not used to that WIDE balance point that bike has, I just kept pulling up when the wheel came off the ground andf found mysefl at the higher end of the balance point leaning foreward to prevent a loop, all that foreward momentum when my front hit, there was no suspension to soak up errors, my wheel was slightly crooked, and I high sided after trying to correct...yeah, there were cars driving by and kids watching.....forgot about that geometry change LOL.....gonna take some getting used to....but I still think I made the right choice.....
LOL, Trials bikes show you HOW SHITTY you were riding BEFORE you got one :rofl:
I've had a mod for awile and was looking for a stock bike. money is the issue hear. I have an old xc bike so I do want a trials bike,not some hybrid kinda trials bike. Any suggestions. remember new baby= not much money.
Well, I would always recommend buying used parts if you don't have much to spend. You can get quite a nice discount and many of the parts you'll get will be in great condition.
Second option would be to use the bike builder at webcyclery.com. When I bought my trials bike through them and used the bike builder it wound up saving me about 10% compared to if I had bought all of the parts seperately. Not only that, but their service is unmatched, not even my local bike shops are as nice and friendly as these guys.
I realize you don't have a lot to spend, so I would probably cheap it a bit on the frame. Check out a zoo or an echo. I wouldn't cheap it on the parts that matter and the parts you will be keeping around for years, going from frame to frame.
Rear wheel: or at least the rear hub, spend a lot of money now, or spend a little now and then a lot later. You will end up upgrading eventually, and it seems stupid to buy a shimano now, then replace it with a King when it's freehub breaks in a few months. Then you'll be replacing the hub, spokes, nipples, and if you don't build your own wheels, you'll be paying for labor again. A king or profile hub will likely last your entire trials career. As for the rear rim, check out either a Planet-X BMF (the EXACT same rim as a DX32, just with brass eyelets), an Alex DX32, or a try-all rim. Only get the try-all rim if you are running a magura hs33 in the rear, it is highly unlikely that it will work well (or at all) with V-brakes.
Cranks: FSA power pros will likely last you a long time if you make sure you keep them tight on the bottom bracket, and the pedals tight in the crankarms. You could eventually upgrade to bonz or middleburn at a later date if you decide you want something stiffer or lighter.
Pedals: Sun Ringle pedals will get you by for cheap, and if you can keep on top of replacing the pins when they need it, you won't have any problems with these whatsoever. A cheaper option would be to go with some VPs, but don't expect them to last much more than a month. A more expensive option would be to check out some Atomlab aircorps pedals (NOT the clear plastic lexan bodies). I absolutely LOVE mine, and will never ride another pedal. These should last you virtually forever and they're completely rebuildable. What do you want to stray from? Odyssey Triple traps, I will just flat out say DON'T BUY THESE!
Bottom Bracket: A cheapie square taper shimano should do the trick (provided you buy square taper cranks). It will probably break on you eventually, but I'd bet it will get you through the sport class without any breakage, provided you aren't regularly going large.
Handlebars: Pick up a try-all bar and you should be pleased. You can spend a bit less, but why bother when you're talking about minimal savings? Another benefit of this bar is its standard 25.4mm diameter, so you can run normal stems.
Stems: Another vote for try-all parts here. Not too expensive, but it should last you a long time. Stems are hard to recommend because most stems are only available in limited sizes, and what size you want will narrow down the field of choices DRAMATICALLY. You can always depend on a thomson stem though, and they come in about any size you could ever want.
Forks: A Planet-X superlight fork is pretty cheap and should hold out pretty well for you. They're really too new to be sure about that, but I'd wager a bet that they'll be pretty dependable. Other options for light and pretty dependable would be either an echo or a zoo fork. Koxx forxx are nice, but they're too damn expensive at $230.
Front wheel: Always make sure you get a hub that has disc mounts even if you aren't planning on riding a disc. You never know what you will be doing in the future, especially because it sounds like you're just beginning in this sport and your tastes will change a LOT as you gain more experience. That being said, about any front hub will work for you, but according to your budget... and this would be a good place to skimp a bit. As for the rim for the front, if I was on a budget I would pick up a rhyno lite because they're cheap and a pretty good width so your tire won't fold too much. If you want lighter, you're probably looking at a mavic XC rim and then your tire is going to be folding on natural... everything's a trade off.
Brakes: I can always recommend XTR levers, they just feel great. If you don't want to spend that kind of money, check out some cheap avid levers. For the front brake, I'd say an avid mechanical disc brake, almost any V-brake, or an hs33 will work just fine. The avid disc will work well in almost all conditions, but you can save money and go with a V-brake here. I would only buy an hs33 for the front if you can't stand the feel of cable brakes. For the rear, I'd have to say either get a V-brake, or an hs33. A V-brake will have more holding power in my opinion, but if you order a frame with 4-bolt mounts, then get an hs33. If you order a frame with V-brake studs, I'd probably get a V-brake, because hs33s don't perform as well and are harder to set up on V-brake studs.
Brake pads: My favorite are the koxx bloxx pads for hs33s. for the avid mechanical, the stock pads should work perfectly. Another option to the koxx bloxx for the hs33 would be plazmatic CRM pads. They don't grip quite as well in my opinion, but may work better than the koxx bloxx if you're riding in cold weather a lot (not likely in CT). For V-brake pads, get either the plazmatic CRV pads, or koolstop salmon pads. The CRVs will hold better, but are a lot more expensive, buy as your budget allows.
Grips: I can ALWAYS recommend ODI ruffian grips with the ODI clamps. I won't recommend anything else, because I think it is worth the extra money for these grips... I love them.
Headset: It's always nice to have a king headset, but since you're on a budget, check out the FSA pig headset. You shouldn't have any problems with these, and they're much cheaper than a king.
Tires: I haven't ridden maxxis tires and don't know which ones to recommend, Kevin (WhiteRavenKS) can fill you in on these. If you don't want Maxxis or want something that will last longer, get a michelin. I'm pretty sure michelin tires last a bit longer than the maxxis super tackys. I run a michelin comp24.1 2.2" tire front and rear and they're heavy, but so worth it in my opinion. If you want to save weight in the front, get a hot S, but don't skimp on the rear tire, get something hefty and ONLY a michelin (comp24.1 2.2" or 2.5") or Maxxis (I'll let Kevin recommend his favorite).
Chain, cassette, chainring: You can get by with a cheapie-ish rear cassette, like a shimano or sun-race, but you should get something with either an 18 or 19 tooth ring on it. For the front chain ring, a 22 tooth blackspire chuck granny gear will do it. For the chain I would NOT skimp, too much depends on this. Get the SRAM PC99 or a rohloff trials chain, nothing else will do.
Derailleur, shifter: If you get an 8-speed cassette you will want an 8-speed shifter. Any shimano derailleur will work with them, it's the shifter that makes the derailleur compatible with either 8 or 9 speed cassettes. I don't like grip shifters (like SRAM) so I don't know much about them and hence... won't recommend anything from SRAM. It's not that they're bad, many like them more and will surely recommend some SRAM stuff to you (Brett McCullough may weigh in on this). A shimano sora rear derailleur will work just fine on a budget, and the cheapest shimano shifter will work just fine too.
I THINK that covers about everything, but there could definitely always be some parts I'm leaving out so if you have any questions about parts I did or didn't mention, just ask and I'll tell you what I think.
Also, if you do purchase from webcyclery, let them know where you heard about them. I am sure they like to know their advertising dollars are well spent.
Why? LOL, I got a set....they're fine so far, good grip, pretty light, and wide profile....then again, I didn't feel like spending an ass-ton on pedals, and VP weren't available at the time.......
They have the worst grip of any pedals I've ever used.
Shoes maybe? I'm using Emericas and Globes.....the grip is pretty good. It's really wide though, and flat....I used BMX pedals with pins, and THOSE gripped like nasty...same deal on the shins, LOL. But these...I guess I'll ride them till they break, but they're not insanely grippy, but they're better than alot of other freeride pedals.....but I wasn't using them for trialsy riding, so who knows...
Believe me triple traps are WORTHLESS.
Wait a freaking second here........Tryall America......dat's where you go for Tryall parts......
......freaking webcyclery's advertising budget.....can we at least get a small wootwoot for the little guy
woot woot.. i want to sex try-all america, because graham is a badass, but for the sake of homophobes, i wont... Haha
this was a pointless post
shouldnt this be your signature or something so it's at the end of all your posts? :Wavey:
omg, I'm fuckin rolling... and he did it! Now if only I could get his signature to display before his writing and make it say "this is a pointless post", thereby warning everyone they can basically skip over it