How Does The Mountain Cycle Fury Ride?
I know…enough of the techno talk…how does this 5″ travel frame ride? Here is everything broken down…
Good Mountain Cycle Fury
First the good news: The 70 degree head angle and Marzocchi Roco TST R made the Mountain Cycle Fury a very capable climber. There was very little pedal induced bob with the platform engaged, and Marzoccchi’s multi position platform is a perfect match with the single pivot suspension design. The interrupted seat tube design allowed for easy adjustment of the platform while riding, so changes were made quickly without much effort. The Fury felt stable in technical climbing situations without any serious wandering. The rear end tracked very well, and the bike was comfortable for long epic climbs.
The bike does not feel like a 30+ lbs. rig, and the front end was easily lifted over obstacles. Overall…this bike climbed very well and I believe a lot of this had to do with the overall geometry of the frame…most importantly…the 70 degree head angle.
I took this bike on several long North Georgia epics and it did great as an all day bike. The Mountain Cycle Fury was light and nimble while still having the stiffness require for the super tech. It was fun to drop the seat and whip this bike around. The shorter wheelbase and steep head angle made it a fast, nimble turner. Tight, twisty single track is where the frame really shined. If you are used to trails that require fast, tight turns (like or tree infested single track), this could be the bike for you. Stiff overall design with fast steering…
Bad Mountain Cycle Fury
Everything can’t be perfect: The steep head angle (as compared to other bikes in this category…69 – 68.5) made the Fury a little twitchy on fast, technical descents through the rocks. This same head angle is what made the frame climb like a mountain goat, so this tradeoff was to be expected.
The frame originally shipped with a Fox RP23 rear shock. The single pivot suspension design of the Mountain Cycle Fury does not perform as well with the non-piggy backed rear shock. I would recommend that you stick with a Marzocchi Roco TST R or Fox DHXa for the best results. Ideally, I would stick with the Marz…it seemed to perform much better than any of the other DHXa’s I have tried in the past.
Under hard braking at speed, the rear suspension gets the typical single pivot stiffening. It gives you a ramping up feeling as you are braking, but then lets loose out of the brakes. This feeling is pretty normal amongst single pivot designs and many riders use a floating brake mechanism to relieve it.
The interrupted seat tube design does limit seat post travel, but more importantly…it puts the rear shock right in the line of fire for mud and debris. A small fender (like the one Specialized uses) is almost a must to insure long seal and rear shock life.
Final Thoughts On The Mountain Cycle Fury
Overall, this bike is a very cable all day ride. As long as it wouldn’t screw with the geometry too much, I’d like to try the Fury out with an adjustable travel, 160mm fork like the Rock Shox Lyrik for Fox 36 Talas to slacken the head angle out slightly. With the addition of a longer fork, I think the bike would descend a lot better without any real loss in climbing…especially with the adjustable travel. I would also recommend investing in an adjustable seatpost (Gravity Dropper, Speedball, CB Iodine) to help with the interrupted seat tube design.
The Good News
- Climbs like a mountain goat.
- Respectable build weight for a stiff chassis 5″ travel bike.
- Incredible value for a very well built frame.
- Great for all day epics.
The Bad News
- Interrupted seat tube design limits seatpost travel.
- Rear shock is in the line of fire for dirt and debris.
- Steep head angle takes away from downhill ability.
- Suspension stiffening under braking.
To read Mountain Cycles response to this review…click here.
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