racing hardtails

un tipo che corre in discesa con una front

Mese: novembre, 2015

Dream bikes#1

My Ragley is getting older, and I am constantly looking around for the next hardtail. Luckily, loads of brands are heavily working on non suspended frameset, at least much more than some years ago. Here are some things that i find mandatory for my next bike:

  1. Longer top tube with shorter stem.
  2. 1×10 or 1×11 drivetrain.
  3. Fat but lightweight tires, to keep up with all those frail guys on full sussers.
  4. Shorter back end.
  5. Not too heavy, raceable but still able to do downhill and try jumps on some trails.

The first candidate is undoubtly the Mondraker Vantage rr plus. The standard one was already slack as hell and basically a weapon, but the fat tired one promises to roll over every thing. That, mated with the forward heometry that makes a monster toptube with nearly no stem, puts this bike above every other.

Only a couple of things keep me from running to the (bike) shops though. First off, the price is heinous: for 2300 quids (nearly 3400 euros, people!), you still get non xt brakes, so-so wheels and the reverb seatpost that I don’t like because prefer simpler units. So it will be frameset and then buildup. Possible adversaries are the Trek Stache, but its 29 plus wheels could be like drag around a cart without the horses, and the Specialized Fuse that is less inclined to descending but starts from a much cheaper price point.


racinghardtails goes UK


It has been a year full of bikerelated happenings: random enduro races, too little training and even an alleycat. But the biggest one is for sure our move to Britain: me and bikes. And of course yes, there are also wife, kids, the white van and the black Alfa Romeo. The whole hog. So now we are living in Chudleigh, just a couple of miles from Dartmoor Forest and Haldon Forest trail center, and the focus is back on training (sort of), meeting new people and well… try finding a job.

After a month going back and forth from Exeter to Dawlish by road bike last week managed to make a couple of rides at Haldon, and my god am I out of shape! Technically the ridge ride and black trail are easy, but the pedalling involved suggested me that next time the xc bike is more appropriate. And more miles under me belly, Gromit!


E’ stato un anno pieno di avvenimenti bicicorrelati: gare enduro a caso, troppo poco allenamento e persino una alleycat. Ma la più importante è stato il trasloco in Inghilterra: io e bici. E si, naturalmente, anche moglie, figli, furgone bianco e Alfa nera. Tutto in blocco. Ora viviamo a Chudleigh, a poche miglia dalla foresta del Dartmoor e dal trail center di Haldon Forest, e l’obiettivo è rimettere insieme una specie di allenamento, incontrare gente nuova e bhe…Trovare un lavoro.

Dopo un mese ad andare in bici da strada su e giù da Exeter a Dawlish sono riuscito a piazzare alcune uscite ad Haldon, e gente se sono fuori allenamento! Tecncamente il ridhe red ride e il black trail sono facili, ma quanto a pedalata la prossima volta è meglio venire con la bici da xc. E più chilometri sotto la cintura, Gromit!