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Old 10-01-03, 04:19 PM   #1
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Trial bike

Ok guys so I'm looking for a Trials bike (with a seat) <$350 or so. I'm not really sure what's out ther ethough, and to be honest I don't know the difference between a trials bike and a bmx bike.

I did a search on google and didn't come up with much except I saw a norco that looked really nice but it was over $700.

2004 Norco Evolve


anyway what else is out there for the price? and i guess a question I should be asking is what makes a trials bike a trials bike exactly?
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monty makes excellent trials bikes in pretty much all price ranges.

the norco that you linked to is a very nice bike indeed. it is a "stock" trials bike, meaning that it has 26" wheels, and a larger frame. it looks like a mountain bike, but the angles are a little steeper i believe.

a "mod" trials bike looks more like a BMX bike, but the frame is longer and a lot of times, the rear wheel is actually 19" instead of 20" and uses a super wide tire. mod bikes are more fun because they're usually lighter, and can fit into tight places, and are generally more maneuverable.

all that said, if you're just getting into trials, you don't need to go out and get a brand new trials-specific bike. you can do what i did, which is find a smallish mountain bike frame, like a 15" seat tube, that has the right angles (mine is a 15" ross that looks like a DH bike.) and set it up with the right gearing (small in the front). also what i did was i put a 32T chainring on the front so i can ride it around a lot more and not wear out my legs by spinning so fast.

umm...so...i hoped i helped. there are a few other guys on here who ride trials...hopefully they'll pop in here and be able to give you more info.
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Old 10-01-03, 05:14 PM   #3
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that did clear a lot up for me thanks.

I don't have any problem spending $3-400 on a new bike. sounds like mod is definately what i want to get into. another question i forgot to ask but i guess you can get them any way you want to. gears... singlespeed... fixed? what's the "norml" ?

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for a mod, it's single speed. most people run about 23-16, or somewhere around there. another thing is that the seats on mod bikes aren't really meant to be sat upon for long periods of time...they're rather uncomfortable, and on top of that, a lot of them are held in place by a tiny screw that goes into the seat tube, so they're not so secure...

mods are fun as hell. my friend has a Ti bike and he just tosses it around like it's nothing. trials is fun in general, and it's a lot more...disciplined than BMX, and it gets frustrating at times, but damn...it's fun...i wish my bike wasn't out of commission right now though...
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Stock trials bikes have to have 6 working speeds, if you are competing in anything. I think the idea is to stay as close to stock as possible. just something to keep in mind if you end up really liking the sport.

And, fixed? how could you pedal kick if your bike was fixed? I think that if bmx bikes had V-brake bosses, they would be a realy good trials starter frame.
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Unless, you have lots of good terain close by, get/build a stock bike. I have both and can say, it sucks to ride a mod more than a couple of hundred yards(unless that hundred yards is over some rocks and stumps) With the seat in good postion to do moves it is almost impossible to sit and pedal, plus low gears and small tires mean you max out about 6mph. With the stock bike you can ride it from spot to spot and still pull 95% of the moves you can make on a mod.
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