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The Lurcher in What Cycle?

The On-One Lurcher combines a full carbon frame with hardtail 29er geometry, and much like its canine namesake it's pretty sleek and rather fast too. Our recent X9 build combined the latest SRAM developments, Avid Elixir 7 hydraulic discs, and 100mm of travel courtesy of RockShox Reba RLT's. We decided to send one over to What Cycle? magazine for them to get their teeth stuck into, they were kind enough to write up a few words, well, in fact, quite a lot of words, as it ended up spread over two pages in the debut spring 2014 edition.

 

 

The Lurcher frame is constructed out of Mitsubishi High Modulus carbon and weighs in at just 1550g.

'the feel of a carbon-fibre frame is subtly different from an aluminioum one, offering a slight bit of give vertically while presenting a stiff rear triangle horizontally to cheat flex when you pedal hard. This is achieved by careful lay-up of the carbon-fibre strands during manufacturing and is the difference between a good and bad carbon offering.'

Tyre clearance on the Lurcher is ample, as you would hope. We've had 2.4" tyres in there, and the Lurcher has handled in with no trouble. For best performance, however, something in the region of 2.0-2.3" fits the bill nicely.

'On boggier winter trails we appreciated the British design's accomodation of mud-laden wheels. Plenty of clearance was offered, and the glossy finish on the frame almost magically shrugged off accumulating dirt. An unexpected bonus.'

 

 

we've had 2.4" tyres in there, and the Lurcher has handled in with no trouble. For best performance, however, something in the region of 2.0-2.3" fits the bill nicely.

'On boggier winter trails we appreciated the British design's accomodation of mud-laden wheels. Plenty of clearance was offered, and the glossy finish on the frame almost magically shrugged off accumulating dirt. An unexpected bonus.'

The Reba is RockShox XC offering, giving sufficient travel for the trails, whilst, as What Cycle? pointed out, the bolt-through axle makes handling assured up front.

'The bike seemed particularly at home on descents, where the cockpt set-up puts you in a commanding position and the forks soak up the bumps despite offering 100m of travel.'

We pride ourselves on the quality of our own brand components and know you appreciate it too. Products like the Titus El Guapo bars and On-One Smorgasboard are some our best sellers, week in week out. What Cycle? were especially impressed with the comfort offered by the Bignose saddle, rating it the best in test.

'On-One's own brand finishing kit was all good, as we chuckled at the array of component names: from the Reet'ard wheels to the Twelfty seatpost. Own-brand wheels are sometimes a sign of cost cutting, but in this instance they performned without trouble and we were impressed with the all-round ability of On-One's Smorgasboard tyres too.'

2 May 2014