Trials Bicycles

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Charla, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    Mostly skills. I do a fair amount of mountainbike riding and the Monty does wonders for finesse. I just set up some logs and goof around.

    I don't have a trials motorcycle (yet...) so can't comment there...but my slow-speed noodling around on other bikes is much better.

    I'm short so it all helps on my XR400 due to my short legs; I like the slow speed practice.

    I think I'd be better off on a 26" versus my Monty 20". I've got a short torso and the long top tube on the Monty gives me fits as a result. I could build up a small or XS jumper/urban trials pretty easily and probably have less frustration. Another plus with a 26 is being able to fart around on trails as well as the backyard. That said, the Monty is a total hoot to ride.

    If I do sell it, if the trialsmodgods don't disapprove I'll post it in the trials FM.
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  2. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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    mostly balance
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  3. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Bought mine for $75.. works for my backyard picnic table trials..

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    Practicing my kickup:

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  4. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    Damn...you stole that. :D
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  5. WeeMcD

    WeeMcD V-Strom explorer

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    I have dabbled in bicycle trials for a number of years. Never really put down the bucks for an official trials bike. My old (and quite beefy) Gary Fisher GED hardtail with Saint hubs and hydraulic disc brakes allows me to practice balance, pivot and bounce maneuvers. Not to mention that thing will ride a wicked wheelie. Every time that I am out playing the kids in the neighborhood come out in hordes. Makes me cringe when they're out without helmets, etc.

    I would freakin love to buy a trials motorcycle. The thing that kept me from buying a trials bike before is what keeps me from doing it now... it is very specialized. The tool that you carry with you is the one that gets used. Specialized means that you have to plan to use it in order to have it with you to use it. I tend to be better doing things on a whim.
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  6. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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    but with a trials bike you can ride it in a small area and it doesn't take much time to get it ready
    if i want go for a ride on my 650l or the wr450 it seems like it takes about an hour to get everything ready and when i am done riding another hour to put it up

    and the trials bike takes 5 minuets so if i only have two hours guess what i am doing
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  7. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    I bought my first trials bike to cross-train for dirt ridng. I'll be damned if I am going to buy something to cross-train on for the cross-trainer! :rofl
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  8. Charla

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    :rofl

    Didn't you spend a ridiculous amount of money on a mountain bike or was that all talk?
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  9. Charla

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    That sounds like fun. :D

    If you do decide to sell that Monty let me know, I may be interested.

    Once you buy a trials bike that's pretty much all you want to ride so the specialization isn't such a problem. They make a pretty decent trail bike too as long as you aren't trying to do a lot of mileage. :D
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  10. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    +1. :nah
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  11. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    The Echo arrived yesterday. :clap

    It's scary. :lol3

    First ride.

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    Playing around at the high school

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    Bitchin wheelies :lol3

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  12. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    See what I mean? :lol3 I look like I'm trying to pry a manhole cover off the asphalt.

    Nice bike! Enjoy (the workout). :thumb
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  13. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    :lol3

    Ben said last night while watching the videos of himself 'Wow, I actually look pretty smooth but I'm really feel like I'm dying.' :lol3
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  14. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Not all 20" BMX wheels are meant to handle the abuse of trials riding, especially BMX wheels from WallyWorld. Thin axles, loosely tensioned spokes, steel rims.. add together to be heavy and weak wheels.
    High end trials wheels have cutouts between spokes, drilled sidewall on the rim to save weight without reducing the strength of the rim significantly:

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  15. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    If you bought good quality (competition quality, or custom-laced) BMX wheels, yeah, they'd probably hold up okay, but standard issue walmart wheels may not hold up as well as you'd want. Can't say from experience in terms of buying an el-cheapo dimestore BMX, but I do have some decent high-end BMX and freestyle wheelsets that work fine, but they aren't what you'd get at wallyworld.

    If you just are itching to get started, go for it, but you may end up with a nicer wheelset sooner than later. You might be better off trolling the flea markets, CL, and Goodwill-type stores to find an old beater but better-quality name-brand BMX bike for the same amount of coin to yank the wheelset off of.
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  16. nevgriff64

    nevgriff64 Spelt with 2 ffs Super Moderator

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  17. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Isn't this that guy?

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    +1 I have broken a lot of wheels, axles, and headsets doing trials-y things on cheap bikes. I don't learn though, I just keep finding cheap stuff at yard sales.
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  18. Joz

    Joz What could go wrong?

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    @Charla, @Ben, how does your new ride compare to my 20"? Massively better? Astronomically better? Not even in the same league?

    Looks like fun. And yes, someone will poke their eye out with that thing!
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  19. Bendejo

    Bendejo Movin' on up

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    super light and astounding brakes. also a much longer frame. you'll love it.:freaky
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  20. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Check out the How-To Page to learn the basics to trials riding.

    If you got "meat-grinders" for pedals, get some shin guards.
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