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What bike should I replace my Scalpel with??

12 years 1 week ago - 12 years 1 week ago #943 by tom
Its been awhile since I put out my query so I thought that timing was good for a quick update on the 575.- --- I simply love this bike!---- Its a few pounds heavier and is squishier because of the extra couple inches of travel but is definitely the faster bike over HK's technical terrain. On a fire road, perhaps the scalpel might win, but here the 575 absorbs the bumps and allows me to ride smoothly in the saddle and concentrate on pedaling rather than trying to absorb the trail with my arm and hips. Its also a really good climbing bike and I never had to drop the forks to a lower setting as the front wheel stays glued to the trail. I recently was forced to return to the old scalpel for a week while the forks were repaired. Perhaps I had become lazy and forgot how to work the trail but what surprised me is how slow I was on the scalpel... and not just on the downhills but everywhere!

I am not gentle to my bikes but the 575 frame has held up remarkably well to all kinds of abuse be it here on Lamma, TMS, or Lantau. Never once have I felt worried that this bike can't take what I am throwing at it. I have pretty much done all the same trails on the scalpel too but there were moments with that bike when I thought that it was falling to pieces... or at least that was how it felt and sounded..So far there is no frame squeak originating from the bearings and the anodizing has a couple of scratches but has held up far better than anything I have ever used before. With Cannondales corrosion sets in under 6 months and happily I can say that there isn't one tiny bit of oxidation on the 575 yet.

Here's a snap of this happy rider in action:
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12 years 6 months ago #359 by Jeff
Nice- the shock is mounted to catch all the sweat from the rider. Corrosion problems, anyone?

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12 years 6 months ago #311 by tom
Rather than repeatedly annoy us with his verbatim marketing banter, Pronghorn Racing should show up the races and let people try his bike rather than repeatedly huck his wares here. I was at the HKCA race on Sun, the AA event the week before, and I did not see a bike like his around --- what a lost opportunity! I would have taken it for a spin had it been there and maybe have a few positives to say here.

Even the Long Travel (PR6-LT) version seems suited to the tiny hills of Denmark... and it would be fun to see one equipped with a coil or a shock like a DHX 5.0. I can only imagine what a sudden dismount would feel like for men and women alike!! May need to call in the fire services...

In the end, I really think that only racers who ride easy trails would be interested in such a beast. I see one advantage --- water bottle cages can be installed!!

Anyway, in yesterday's race the top two finishers in the Open category were riding scalpels!

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12 years 6 months ago #310 by Pronghorn Racing
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I would suggest trying something new like the Pronghorn Racing-
Pronghorn PR6-LT Long Travel with 150mm of travel. Super lightweight coming in at 2400 grams for the 16” frame.
The PR6-LT Long Travel All Mountain frame with FOX RP 23 utilizes optimal 4 Point Tube drawing down tube for optimal stiffness and light weight. This LT frame gives you amazing handling with great stiffness while using our exclusive A.P.L.S.-Anti Power Loss System

If you are interested, I can offer you a good members discount for HKMBA.

I have been riding the PR6 with 100mm travel, and its been a real treat! Fast, responsive, and very light.

See www.pronghornracing.dk for more details and tech. info.

J

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12 years 6 months ago #309 by bingalingding
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Sure these Danish Beasts ride well but why would anyone want a bike that sounded like Fog Horn Racing?

Wouldn't fancy catching my knackers in that shock either...

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12 years 6 months ago #242 by Pronghorn Racing
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HI,

Try Pronghorn Racing from Denmark. I got a test bike set up in HK now. Feel free to call me on 9231 4370 for test ride and more details.

Jay
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12 years 6 months ago #241 by Pronghorn Racing
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HI all,

I got a test bike from PRONGHORN RACING that I have just set up on Lantau. I can bring it around Central or Lantau for anyone that wants to test the bike. Its fast and does great climbs effortlessly!!

Call me at 9231 4370 Jay

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12 years 6 months ago #240 by Pronghorn Racing
Replied by Pronghorn Racing on topic What bike should I replace my Scalpel with??
HI,

Try our PRONGHORN RACING MTB from Denmark. Just got into HK, have a test ride on our bike on Lantau or call me at 9231 4370.


Jay
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12 years 7 months ago #234 by tom
It might grow on you so much that you only ride it the galleries on Sunday and then to the Boulangerie for a baggette for your petite desjeuner ... pardon

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12 years 7 months ago #218 by Jeff
Yep, anodising is the way to go, especially in HK.

Mine is being replaced, with a turquoise. It'll take a while to get used to, not having a finely tuned French sense of aesthetics, but I'm sure it'll grow on me :)

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