In 2009 I looked around for a steel hardtail and came across the On One website,i decided to give them a go and havent looked back since.I rode Kona's back in the early nineties and the Inbred reminds me of those bikes,the Inbred rides perfectly for me, its very flickable and stable and makes me smile every time i ride it, after all thats what its all about right?
If i had to be real picky, the strengtheners on the top tube allow crud to get underneath, i got round this by applying several layers of car wax, forcing it into the gaps,sorted!
Weaknesses: Starting to get a bit dated- newer frames have iscg tabs, oversized headtubes, etc.
This is a PRE-CEN frame from ~2005, aka one of the good ones! The smaller diameter top tube imo gives a nicer, more compliant feel compared to the new generation inbreds that use a larger diameter top tube to meet the new European CEN regulations. Although it is a 2005 frame, it was stored and never built until spring 2010.
Anyway, currently running it 2x9 with a Fox 32 talas, usually set at 130mm. Great setup for smooth to rough singletrack and trail riding. I can wind the fork down for racier xc handling or decent pump track performance. Very versatile.
Similar Products Used: Other hardtails- Konas, Treks, a 'Dale...
Bike Setup: Fox 32 TALAS, 2x9 drivetrain
a Cross Country Rider
from Salmon, ID, USA
Date Reviewed: August 10, 2010
Strengths: Incredibly forgiving steel frame, relaxed geometry gives it an aggressive downhill feel, climbs like a mountain goat and can take a huge amount of punishment.
Weaknesses: Poorly-thought-out welds: the welds that join the top tube and head tube are artful but seem purpose-built to collect and trap moisture (a recipe for disaster on a steel frame) so I just taped them up with some electrical tape (looks classy!) and the paint is not of the highest quality.
I was a fairly accomplished downhiller before I built this bike (on a budget) and would often have a hard time keeping up with my wealthier friends on their AM bikes on the the downhill. No more, this Inbred just eats singletrack, gives you massive confidence in the corners and over rock gardens thanks to its geometry and the steel. Finally, I have the well-deserved reputation for some spectacular crashes with frequent equipment failure, but my inbred just takes the hits and smiles back! Also, she is the same colors as my alma mater, Go Vandals! Go Inbred!!!! I call mine the "Inbred Vandalizer", and you will have to pry it from my cold dead fingers!
Favorite Trail: Lake Creek Trail, Copper Basin, Mackay, Idaho
Duration Product Used: More than 3 years
Purchased At: LBS
Similar Products Used: Kona Cindercone, Kona Kikapu, Trek 4500, Gary Fischer Hoo Koo E Koo, various other crap rides...
Bike Setup: XTR crankset, XTR Rear derailleur, xt shifters, xt front derailleur, ritchey bar/stem, rockshox tora 318, hayes nines, WTB Dual duty FR wheelset, FSA seatpost, WTB Silverado
a Cross Country Rider
from Gossau, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2010
Strengths: VERY lively, feels like it jumps forward under pedal input. Flies through the rough stuff, glides over baby head-size rocks. The PRICE (+++) And its WHITE!
Weaknesses: Other people can also buy it for a short while still - Its been discontinued!
I used to think these other characters that shouted "Steel is real" where just retro geeks, tree hugging hippies that lived at home with their old divorced moms, who could afford nothing "new". This frame is so honest, is pure value for money, delivers serious riding pleasure that reminds you why you started MTBing.
Favorite Trail: Can you pick your favourite piece of spaghetti?
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: On-One (Online)
Similar Products Used: Been a fool all my life - rode bikes made from Alu, Carbon..., even Scandium. So, nope.
Bike Setup: Fox F100RL, DT240/Stans wheels (white), X.0 shifting, XT everything else, Kenda Kharma UST.
a Weekend Warrior
from Hull, East Yorkshire
Date Reviewed: September 29, 2009
Strengths: Lightweight,paint finish, neat welds
Weaknesses: For the price - non
Looked for ages for a steel frame to build up, many were over priced in my opinion, then i found On-One, they have a loyal following and build up into a fantastically versatile XC machine, mine has On-One carbon forks which gives a smooth ride,brilliant to build up and even more so to ride, my first On-One but definately not my last, buy one and grin as you pass the designer frame brigade on descents!
Strengths: Very versatile, lightweight, steel frame, comfy ride, rack mounts.
Weaknesses: Rear hanger is not replaceable, bent mine when a branch went into rear wheel (lost 7 spokes but didn't snap hanger, just bent it). White paint show rust from frame drain holes (I've squirted some ACF-50 in mine to stop this).
The frame is excellent value for money. The clean simple design gives plenty of mud clearance (needed in NW England). It's quick and does seem to take some of the roughness out of the trail compared to my last bike (GT Avalanche 1.0). It also climbs really well, apparently due to the longish chainstays. The rack monts are a bonus as I'm cycling the coast to coast later this year so can fit my panniers.
Similar Products Used: Lot's of GT hard tails, GT LTS, Konas (Stinky, Muni-mula, Coiler, Kahuna, Smoke) B1 Hornet, Marin Rock Springs, Scott Nitrous, On-One 456 Inbred summer season.
Bike Setup: At present it's set up for communting so has a set of P2 rigid forks and slicks. SLX shifters XT rear mech, Ringle hubs and mavic rims, Deore disc brakes.
from glenbrook, nsw, australia
Date Reviewed: March 7, 2008
Strengths: rides like a steel hardtail (not harsh but hard), paintwork, builds a light bike for a steely.
Weaknesses: i bent the (non-removable) hanger, and although it straightened out easily, it's never shifted the same since.
great frame, super fast out of corners and great uphill. on smooth bermed singletrack nothing beats the feeling of a steel hardtail, however it's not the most confident descender on rough terrain. i dinged up the bottom of the down tube from a rock rather easily... but i guess that's how they get the bikes so light. and i had hat problem with the rear d hanger that i bent in a stack.
however, i got into 24hr solo racing and found this bike to be a little to punishing to ride for the full 24hrs... but a great weekend warrior bike and platform for amateur racing.