The proximity to our place of dirt trails gives me opportunity to go there in the morning or late afternoon, especially in the weekend. The San Lorenzo trail is around 3km long (including the road connecting the other trail leading towards City Village. There’s also the Maricrum trail which exits on the said subdivision. So it wasn’t a surprise when I bought a new MTB bike, a Trinx Brave 1.1, I hit the trail after a couple of days.
The author’s MTB, is an old 2015 Trinx DVR600 (not in production anymore). Most of the part are still stock parts, except for the handlebar (MountainPeak), hubs (Ragusa), cassette (11t-42t Shuriken) and RD/shifters (LTwoo A5).
My original MTB is a hard tail, 5-year old Trinx DVR600, a gift from my wife. But it was breaking down more often; the worst was when the chain broke into several pieces – naglakat ako sin manga duwang oras paulo. And I felt the cogs would be next (the mechanic told me that the chain break was due to damaged cogs). Upgrading it can be expensive since it’s a 26er MTB and there’s not a lot of choices in the local shops. I was thinking of building one based on a Sagmit full sus, or simply purchase a cheaper built bike. I took the latter since I am not very selective of the parts, as long as it’s safe and I enjoy the ride. It helps that idol Ian did a youtube review.
I decided to purchase the Trinx’s Brave 1.1, approx. PHP7,000 cheaper than it’s Brave 2.1 brother. It’s very hard to get specifics of the said model from the net, even from the FB page of some bike shops in NCR. So here’s what I got:
- A Suntour XCM 30 100mm-travel fork
- Altus 3×9 drive train –> upgraded to 1×9
- 11t-32t cogs –> upgraded to 11t-50t
- Hydraulic brakes
- Sr Suntour Raidon rear shock
- 27.5″ x 2.35″ Kenda tires with Weinmann rims
The rest of the parts seems to be Trinx branded.
The author’s new Trinx Brave 1.1 bought from Hometown, resting on the side of San Lorenzo trail.
The first time I took it for a ride to Rompeolas, I was wondering why it was taking me a lot of effort to pedal. It didn’t occur to me immediately that the smaller cogs (I have a 11t-42t cogs on my old DVR600) wasn’t helping, and being a full suspension model, it’s really heavy. And I was bouncing up and down even though the rear suspension was already locked (this was mentioned in the Unlihaon youtube review). I started to regret buying a full suspension model. On my second day, I brought it to the Maricrum trail which exits at San Lorenzo, and eventually at City Village.
At first, I tried riding the bike through the rocky portion, and it was uphill – the rear and fork suspensions were engaged. It was very tiring so I locked it again until I reached the jump off point. I was wondering one of my nephews and his friends were simply pushing their bikes. But I kept on riding my bike, and would just push it for a few meters then ride again. I was so exhausted that I fell twice getting off the bike (my knees simply buckled)! On the next half of the uphill battle, I decided to do the same – push the bike until we reach our jump off point. It was a 1hr walk/ride combination, until we prepared to hit the trail downhill. This MTB is quite heavy! The small cassette also didn’t help.
The jump off point of for MTB riders going down the Maricrum-San Lorenzo trail.
Before we hit the trail again going downhill, I engaged both suspensions. Going down, the wide 2.35″ tires was really making a positive impression gripping the ground with satisfaction. Now I understand bikers would invest on expensive trail tires. The heavy weight of the MTB (and mine) helped in getting additional traction going down the rocky and slippery trail.
This is the first time I tried a full suspension, and for the longest time my muscle memory is bound to the hard tail experience. So, I was surprised how smooth it was going down; the rear wheel was easy to control even when it would slip on the rocks. I felt I didn’t have to grip the handle bar very tightly like what I did with the old hard tail, It was more of a relaxing ride going down the trail. And I wanted to try it again the next day!
The 2nd attempt on the same trail was different. While going down, I sat down for a few meters and it was a rocky terrain. Wrong move – I bounced several times, and the last one was bad that I lost my step on the pedal; expectedly, I fell off the bike! Luckily, I was slowing down because my left pedal kept on hitting coconuts scattered on the trail. That’s one lesson – never sit down while on your way down the trail while the rear suspension is engaged.
The stock pedals were also slippery, unlike the Sagmit one I have on the other MTB. This was the first meds I decided to buy.
Trinx Brave 1.1 with upgraded cogs, a Sagmit 11t-50t. Works pretty well uphill. With the 3×9 drive train, it’s prone to cross chaining and I couldn’t use all the sprockets.
Dili kasya sa bike rack an Trinx Brave 1.1. Puwede lang an rack ko sa manga hard tail.
Then I tried hanging it on my existing trailer hitch bike rack – it wouldn’t fit! I need a different type of rack, perhaps a hitch mounted bike rack that I could simply let the it stand on the rack. There goes my plan to visit other trails outside the city, or I just need to pedal my way.
Overall, I love its performance on the trail especially dealing with rocky terrain. It’s easier to control, and the rear shock really do wonders when engaged. Of course, the wide tires provide a better grip in the trail and makes it easier to control the MTB on slippery and even loose rocks. However, I need to get used to its weight, riding it on the road and especially going uphill really requires a lot of effort. And I also need to invest a new bike rack if I need to bring it to some farther trails outside the city. Despite of its weight and shortcomings, I still recommend it for beginners who want to spend more time in the trail than in the road.
After 1.5 months, it has now a 1×9 drive train – Sagmit 11t-50t cogs, Mountainpeak pedals and 34t Racework crankset.