So cutting to the chase, I’ve sold the Crafty. It was fun, but it was time to move on.
Largely the main reason for selling it was the lack of mud clearance with a 29er wheel in. I know, its not a 29er frame, so its not Mondraker’s fault, its just how it is. Round me, its muddy in the winter (and the summer often too) so having the read wheel clog up with mud and stop rolling meant I never rode the bike unless it was fairly dry, or I was riding somewhere mot muddy. That limited my bike time a fair bit.
I think the pivot shimming really had largely solved the constant pivot loosening, which was my second bugbear. I could like with the limited shock choices, owing to frame clearance, and I could forgive the slightly high BB (again, ‘cos of my wheel size choice).
Do I regret the “experiment”? Hell no, it was a blast and I really enjoyed the bike. I hope the chap I’ve sold it too (who is looking to use it with 650b+ wheels) gets as much fun from it as I did. I’m sure he will.
So whats replacing it? Well, two bikes. A Cotic FlareMAX and a Transition Sentinel. I’ve had the FlareMAX for nearly two months now, its nice and without having owned the Crafty I’d have worried it would be too long, its not. The Sentinel isn’t hear yet, but soon…
So that sit for this blog. I was shit at keeping it up anyway! Al, out.
Since I first had the Crafty, the rear end has been, shall we say, lose. Its the most side to side flex of any bike I’ve ever owned, plus, if you pull its a bit more, it clunked. The shock mount bolts would also come lose after a ride or two, even when Loctite was applied. Apparently this is “normal” for a Mondraker if you ask around. Hmm.
Continue reading “Pivot shimming FTW”
I’ve been off the Crafty for a couple of months, not ‘cos I didn’t want to ride it but because of had a small coming together with the ground whilst riding my hardtail on a local XC trail. Result, one broken humerus. Nothing funny about that, let me assure you.
Continue reading “Shaking that ass”
4 days riding in the Italian Maritime Alps. Its a good way to get to know a bike. Its also a good way to remember just how long the Crafty is when it doesn’t fit in your bike box… Continue reading “The Italian Job”
One thing I’m keen on is avoiding holes in my down tube caused by flyng rocks. On my Nukeproof I forgot to stick an old tyre on the down tube at Afan once and had to pull a rock out of the underside of the bike, after it had flicked up and embedded itself. Lesson learnt, wear protection. Continue reading “Aldi “So Crafty” down tube guard”
Having spent some time in the shed, its only right and proper that I spend some time out on the trails. So far I’ve been out for 2 local rides and 5 rides up in the Lakes on the Crafty, which gives a good early impression of where things are going and what tweak things might need. This is all on 29″ wheels. b+ later, proper wheels first.
Continue reading “1st Impressions – riding”
So on the R+ the cranks that come stock are RaceFace AEffect jobs Continue reading “Quick crank upgrade”
With the bike arrived the first thing to do was strip it down, after hanging it on the scales of course (15.26kg). Continue reading “1st Impressions – physical”
I’ll not bore you with the details, but having been pondering a new full sus to replace my ‘old’ Nukeproof Mega AM (26″, since you ask) I finally settled on a Mondrakrer Crafty R+. It was everything I was looking for, aside from having the wrong wheel size and being on the steeper side in the head angle department…
Continue reading “1st post… and so it begins”