May 31, 2017

Added another- Echo 24


Just picked this bike up earlier today. It was on the local Craigslist - and i just happened to be looking for one. Great deal. I was on the bike for about 2 1/2 hours today. Yeah, i was having a great time!


Jun 17, 2017

Haha, it seems like so many people just buy a trials bike and get stalled out, stop riding... The lack of community kills it. Hopefully this forum can help boost support.


Looks like fun, I wish I wasn't so tall...

Jun 19, 2017

Ryan, this bike was owned by a teen-ager who rode the streets of Austin. I wonder if he will get a more 'streetable' bike to replace this one? Anyway, I am loving it. My skills have progressed faster with it. (Still not as fast as I would want - LOL). But that is one of the things that makes this sport attractive to me; it takes some LONG-TERM effort to build the skills demonstrated by Craig and the many other riders at that level. NO shortcuts really.

Jun 20, 2017

Yeah, no shortcuts indeed...


I bought my Simtra ST-1 frame in 2007 expecting that it would magically allow me to pedal-up, gap, ... I soon realized that I had no idea what I was doing, and nobody to ride with. And that this stuff actually takes work. I mostly gave up until a friend let me borrow his mod bike (in 2015), and more importantly, took some time to teach me the basics that got me over a big hurdle. The mod bike only helped because it was a newer geo for rear-wheel maneuvers.


The hurdle was rear-wheel. What everyone wants to learn immediately. Now I'm working on my wheel-swaps and other moves I should probably have learned sooner :) But it got me a lot more interested and motivated to ride. And now there's always something to work on and get better at, as you have said.

Jun 20, 2017

Ryan said: "The mod bike only helped because it was a NEWER GEO for rear-wheel maneuvers."


EXACTLY! When I found a Yaabaa 20" on our local Craigslist, I didn't understand how the geometry would affect my riding advancement. What a difference from the old Monty x-Hydra, and of course the Planet-X I was riding. On the Yaabaa, I was quickly able to balance and hop on the rear wheel; and I haven't been on the Hydra since. The deal on the Echo 24 was too good to pass as I wanted a 24 or 26 to replace the Planet-X. I didn' t realize a few 'milimeters' here and there would make such a huge difference. If there is a "shortcut" to better skills in this sport, it seems it might be getting a bike with a geometry that allows you to develop 'balancing abilities' (primarily on the rear wheel) more quickly. A secondary quality for quickening the ability might then be WEIGHT. The Echo is 18 lbs; a whopping 9 lbs lighter than my Planet-X and 5 lbs lighter than the Hydra (Mod). I'm having a blast!




Jun 22, 2017

Ha, that's super cool. I think actually giving the new geos a try is the key. Nobody would ride my mod for longer than a frew minutes because it was "too weird" XD

New Posts
  • Purchased this in 2014 with the intention of getting into trials. Broke my collarbone on my roadie and never got very far with trials. I'm back at it again, this time with my 10 year old daughter who rides a mod.
  • After being off any type of trials riding for 6 or 7 years, getting back in the saddle in order to teach my 5 years old. Surprisingly still feel comfortable on the bike. Was on Observed trials forums years ago, but does not seem to be any activity over there anymore.
  • heres a thread i see alot on mtb forums, thought id give it a try here just post what you think is the coolest or sexiest trials bike heres one to starts us off i quite like the look of these classic 221s i really want to ride one

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