On-One Codeine 27.5 Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

The Codeine 27.5 is built to smash the trails. With 27.5" wheels and 160mm of travel up front, it's thirsty for Enduro-style epics. By combining a longer and slacker front end with more travel than the original Codeine, the all-new 27.5 model is ready to get rowdy. Sure-footed handling and bottomless feeling suspension are what you'll find here - a dream for those who love to descend at speed.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 29, 2017]
Colin
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Price. Solid build. Lots of lacquer on frame so hardly and wear after a year.

Weakness:

I’d like the cables routed internally

I have held off writing a review on my Codeine until I owned it for a year. I kept expecting to find something wrong with it or it to fail but it just won’t give. Now I’m 6ft and 13.5 stone and by no means a lightweight. I’ve done all sorts on this but its never grumbled or let me down. I only bought the 2016 stealth black frame as I like to build my own bikes. The frame came with a marzocchi rear shock, which has also been amazing. I can’t find much tech on it but it’s so smooth and easy to work with. I married this up with 160 pikes up top. Finished it off with Spank/hope wheels, hope brakes, reverb dropper and an XT 1x11 set up. Comes in just about 30lbs maybe a little over.

The frame feels like it has a bottomless travel and soaks up everything I have thrown at it. You can tell this bike what to do rather than it dictating. I run the 17” frame and find this a great fit. Any bigger and I would not be so sure. It’s happy when you are in the saddle, out the saddle, going up and especially going down.

When I go to the trails no one asks me about my bike, but that’s ok, I get it’s not splashed all over every bike mag and I’m glad. That means I can get a great frame without paying all the middlemen their slice.

I can say who should buy this or who shouldn’t as what I like may not be what you do. Everything in my post is only my humble opinion. What I can tell you however is I like things that do what they are suppose to. Surprisingly......this does.

Similar Products Used:

Past bike mainly Orange

[May 04, 2017]
Steveo
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Does it all and loves to be ridden

Weakness:

Frame doesn't have the quality of, say a Santa Cruz, (but look at the price!). It has a bit of extra weight, rider is not isolated from the terrain like on a VPP suspension bike

I rode my mates Codeine 650b and fell in love, didn't let him ride it (and it was his first ride on it!) so I bought a frame and shock for £450 and built the bike with parts in the garage a rebuild my hope hubs with Stans Flows and fitted X-fusion Slant R forks.

Bike is just excellent, climbs brilliantly, loves the trails and flies downhill. Most of my riding is Woburn Sands and Aston hill in the UK.

Compared to my Santa Cruz bikes the build quality isn't there. the frame weighs over half a kilo more than a 26" Carbon Nomad. When riding around the carpark, you notice the frame is too big (size large and i'm just over 6 feet tall), and the suspension does not isolate the rider from the terrain like a VPP bike, but, once on the trails the frame size is spot on and the suspension issues don't seem to be there. I do all the drops and jumps on Surface-to-air run at Aston hill so bike gets a tough time but loves it.

Bike can be ridden while over the bars, or hanging off the back of the bike, some bike force you to ride in one style (26" Nomad), that isn't an issue here. Bike climbs when sitting or standing.

Really happy, if you have more money there are better bikes e.g. the later 650b nomads, but for the price im very very happy, this bike make me want to ride more and more

Stava says this bike is no faster than my carbon 26" Nomad, but the Codeine is much more fun to ride and even competes with my 26" V10 for some down hill runs.

One note - I haven't cased a big jump yet. On previous single pivot bikes, ive found casing a jump resulted in me being thrown over the bars, Ive ridden Santa Cruz bikes with VPP suspension the last 5 years and they seem to keep the bike in control when rider error results in casing a jump (still hurts! but no crashing) so I don't know what would happen if things went wrong and you needed the Codeine to help when ive run out of talent.

P.S. first time ive riden a bike with Maxxis shorty tyre, love it, no more minion tyres for my front wheels!

Similar Products Used:

VP Free, Nomad, Jeckl (Spelling!)

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