Trials Bike?

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Trials Bike?

Postby Matchymarty » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:53 am

Hi all,

Been happily reading the brilliant article on Matchless and AJS Competition models history published in the "Trialscentral.com" web based emagazine, and, have been thinking for some time of trying to get into Pre '65 Classic Trials.

Reading the article, it suggests many many wins with G3LC based rigid rear ended bikes through the 50's, and struggles with the weight and length of the sprung frames, albeit, an inevitability of progress to finally move on from the rigids.

My question, is to those whom have ridden both, are the rigid's capable in the hands of a newby trials rider, or, should I just be looking for a gerling sprung version. Also, as I own 2 500 CS's, is there any reason why I wouldn't go for a 500 trials vs a 350?

Also, what is the concensous on forks and brakes? I believe Ceriani's etc are not allowed in the Pre '65 rules?

I'd also like the little lady to ride it too, as I think she'd enjoy Classic Trials.

Is there a list somewhere of the 'changes' to the Trials models throughout the years? Just wondering about geometry, weights etc.

Marty

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Re: Trials Bike?

Postby Matchymarty » Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:53 am

Further to above, does anyone know what the Short stroke 500's are like as a trials engine? I have a '56 CS in the shed, that I could always convert to a Trial bike.....

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Re: Trials Bike?

Postby 500tg3lc » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:04 pm

Rigid or s/a depends on the sections - rigid OK in the mud - s/a good for rocks - the sections changed as the bikes changed - short stroke engines a bit harsh for most people doing trials - CS frames not as much ground clearance as trials frames - AMC specific trials rigid frames from 1954, started production autumn 1953.

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