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Sunn Prim S2 Hardtail Review by Stuart McGregor

Published on 4 March 2013 in Kit Reviews

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To cut a long boring story short I needed a new frame quickly.

I wanted a lightweight hardtail for Cross Country rides: last year had taught me that what I enjoyed the most was taking myself off for 2-3 hours and exploring the countryside, often trusting my phone and sense of direction to find my way back to familiar trails!

Thanks to suddenly being faced with no Mountain bike due to a snapped rear frame I needed something. I also didn’t really have the budget for something expensive (or even modest) due to buying a road bike the week before!

It appeared about £300 would buy something like a Cove Stiffee, a little more would get a Giant Xtc, but these were both out of my non existent budget.

2nd hand didn’t appeal so it was onto the unknown stuff…Gulp!

After some looking around I decided to go for a Sunn Prim S2 from Chain Reaction Cycles for the princely sum of £134 !

What little I could find about it seemed positive so I paid my money and crossed my fingers.

The frame arrived in the usual super quick time (2 days) and I set off to my garage with my new frame to build it…

Two evenings later I swung my leg over it for the first time……I was impressed!

So, what is it like?

Finish is good, a nice paint finish with a metallic black that looks decent, the graphics are a bit over the top for me, but at least they are properly done and under the top coat of lacquer.

It’s light, I weighed it at around 1kg. The frame has solid looking welds and came with some chunky looking hangers. It took standard size bottom bracket bearings and head bearings.

How does it ride?

Well I have ridden it three times now – about 50 miles (Hey, I’ve got a cold!) and it feels great, certainly quicker than my old Orange Sub 5 and for me the geometry is better than both the 5 and the Orange G3 I broke. It seems to climb well, lumps along the flats nicely and so far bounces down the downhill bits ok- I do miss having that rear suspension for the downhills  though!

Am I glad I bought one?

Yes, so far I’ve been very impressed  it’s light and is perfect for XC riding, the bonus being it feels like a much better quality frame that the price suggests, certainly it’s nicer overall than the Orange G3  frame.

So, need a Hardtail frame? Limited budget? You’ll do a lot worse than trying the Sunn Prim S2.

(Apologies for the slightly grubby bike and all the guff attached to it in the pics)

 
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Get Dirty

Published on 12 February 2013 in MTB Info

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I rarely just repost things here, but I thought you should all see this. It’s three minutes of your life which will make that life better.

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Ergon GP2 Grip Review

Published on 21 January 2013 in Kit Reviews

Hi,

A quick introduction, my names Stuart McGregor and I’ve fairly recently got into cycling/Mountain Biking (Later summer 2011) Initially I borrowed a mates Cove Stiffee, he wouldn’t sell it for £200 (!) so I bought an old but decent condition Mongoose Rockadile, this did me fine until I actually started going properly off road, so I managed to pick up a lovely condition old Orange Sub (Pro) 5 in Feb last year, this is my current steed. I can mostly be found on Twitter @StuartMc1 or Google+

As is often the case with new riders you find things hurt, my backside did but I was told by experienced riders I’d get used to it- I did! but my wrists and hands were another problem….

I have a pin in one wrist from a motorbike accident and struggle a bit generally with things such as riding the bike, e.g: I can’t ride a sports motorbike due to all the weight being on your wrists.

So, I did some investigating and decided the Ergon GP2 Grips would be worth a try, they seems to be well liked and decent quality, the price was certainly on the high side compared to others but I figured get something decent or don’t bother.

I went for the GP2 with the mini bar ends as I thought they would give me an alternative option, It turned out I was right, I use the bar end bits for out of the saddle climbing, just seems more comfortable and natural holding the bars there.

So, fitting was very easy, I just sliced off the old rubber grips and followed the instructions, basically just slide the new ones on! The grips are adjustable and locked off with a 5mm allen key, so you can move the grip around to adjust the angle of the palm pad part (The main grip) and you can also independently adjust the angle of the mini bar end part, nice.

The only ‘issue’ was actually getting the angle just right, but I just made sure I had a decent allen key with me and adjusted them on the fly, after about a week I was happy and have left them alone since (Mid summer 2012).

“What are they like?” you cry…Good! After I’d settled with the adjustments and I guess got used to them I’ve not noticed my wrists or hands causing any issues at all, so that is a good a compliment that I can make I guess! I do plenty of miles, a few rides around 50 miles and over 300 a month in the summer so I’m pretty impressed to be honest as I’d expect my knackered hands and wrists to cry foul at me for doing those miles.

Would I recommend them? Yes,They are well built, easy to use and I’ve found no deterioration at all in the quality in 8 months of decent use, plus  if you are finding you get numb hands or similar it just ruins your time on the bike, these grips may help alleviate that, it’s got to be worth a go.

Mine came from Chain reaction cycles for around £30.

 
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