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Jon Woodhouse

Jon is the editor here at off.road.cc. Whether it's big days out on the gravel bike or hurtling down technical singletracks, if it's got two wheels and can be ridden on dirt, then he's into it. He's previously been technical editor at BikeRadar.com, editor at What Mountain Bike Magazine and also web editor at Singletrackworld.co.uk. Yes, he's been around the houses.

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4 months 5 days ago

kevvjj wrote:

 

 

Jimthebikeguy.com wrote:

 

 

It seems every mtb now has to be long and slack, but actually i reckon most buyers at this budget areaare casual, and use their hardtail as a kind of tourer/gravel/light trail bike. This bike is unapologetically an xc hardtail, so it seems odd to criticise it for not being good at techy stuff... A bit like reviewing a TT bike and knocking it for being no good at cyclocross. Some people still like a short wheelbase and a pointy front end, that actually turns.

 

 

Absolutely agree. Methinks the reviewer is criticising the bike for being something it isn't. It is, as you say, an XC Hardtail and not a Trail bike as is the Vitus Sentier he unfairly compares it to.

 

Here's Boardman's blurb: "MHT range is designed to blur the boundaries between cross-country and trail riding, offering confidence-inspiring handling and control when the trail heads downhill, but without compromising speed and fun-factor on mellower routes"

They're not saying this is a pure cross-country bike - but the other 'trail' hardtails I mention in the review are much more capable on more technical terrain, without being substantially slower elsewhere. I think the boundary between cross-country (pure racing apart) and 'trail' is fairly arbitrary these days - is hitting a red grade loop cross-country or trail riding? They seem about the same to me, so if you only intend to ever race cross-country or you really enjoy faster handling/twitchier ride feel, it's a good bike - as is reflected in the score - but I'd prefer to have a less twitchy machine on anything harder than a blue trail centre run. The slightly slacker bikes have increased capability, no weight penalty and certainly aren't any slower on flatter trails while being substantially less of a handful on steeper stuff.

4 months 1 week ago

Jimthebikeguy.com wrote:

 

It seems every mtb now has to be long and slack, but actually i reckon most buyers at this budget areaare casual, and use their hardtail as a kind of tourer/gravel/light trail bike. This bike is unapologetically an xc hardtail, so it seems odd to criticise it for not being good at techy stuff... A bit like reviewing a TT bike and knocking it for being no good at cyclocross. Some people still like a short wheelbase and a pointy front end, that actually turns.

 

I have this bike and you are right...bit of an unfair comparison. This is the best bike you can currently buy in the cycle to work scheme, it has amazing specs and has not left me short on any terrain so far. You can pick up this bike and go almost anywhere a casual user would want to go and it will see you right. The only thing I changed was the saddle..too long and not user friendly but would highly recommend this bike to anyone with £1000 to spend. I am also a heavy guy (120kg) and have to say the brakes are amazing! 

4 months 1 week ago

Jimthebikeguy.com wrote:

 

It seems every mtb now has to be long and slack, but actually i reckon most buyers at this budget areaare casual, and use their hardtail as a kind of tourer/gravel/light trail bike. This bike is unapologetically an xc hardtail, so it seems odd to criticise it for not being good at techy stuff... A bit like reviewing a TT bike and knocking it for being no good at cyclocross. Some people still like a short wheelbase and a pointy front end, that actually turns.

Absolutely agree. Methinks the reviewer is criticising the bike for being something it isn't. It is, as you say, an XC Hardtail and not a Trail bike as is the Vitus Sentier he unfairly compares it to.

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4 months 1 week ago

It seems every mtb now has to be long and slack, but actually i reckon most buyers at this budget areaare casual, and use their hardtail as a kind of tourer/gravel/light trail bike. This bike is unapologetically an xc hardtail, so it seems odd to criticise it for not being good at techy stuff... A bit like reviewing a TT bike and knocking it for being no good at cyclocross. Some people still like a short wheelbase and a pointy front end, that actually turns.

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