Friday, February 13, 2009

Mythic Rune tested by MBUK

We just got the new issue (#235) of Mountain Biking UK magazine, and there is an "all mountain" grouptest of bikes around the GBP £2,500 pricepoint

The Mythic Rune scored very well against some much bigger brands, coming 2nd in the test with a healthy 8/10, beating the Commencal Meta 6.2 (7/10) and Cannondale Moto Carbon 3 (6/10) - only the Lapierre Spicy 516 scored higher than the Rune!

Each of these bikes were more expensive than the Rune, with the La Pierre at £2850 compared to the Rune at £2,500, and the La Pierre only 3/4 lb lighter - throwing another £350 at the Rune and with some component changes we could have made the lightest bike on the test, no problem!





It's great to see the Rune doing so well against some stiff competition, and as the review said, as its a custom built bike, you can choose whatever parts you like, and make your own decisions on things like stem length, seatclamp (Q/R or bolted), Derailleur, etc.



Regarding their comments on the shock tuning, we've noticed some of the mags seem to struggle with setting up the shocks on bikes....they did mention if you are proficient at shock tuning (which is not hard on something as simple as the DHX Air) you can get the Rune running sweet




all images and text copyright / courtesy of MBUK / Future Publishing www.bikeradar.com







cheers! Rob C

13 comments:

Jay MacNeil said...

Kinda sucks about the shock.
Its so important to have those things setup before the test.
Also to be honest the Manitou Evolver seems to be such a great shock for the Rune.
Wish we had another kick at the can as I'm sure we could stomp on the Lapierre.

banshee french said...

my brother have a lapierre to compare with the RUNE
Ithas less inertia, (my Rune is heavier than his lapierre) The Lapierre to be honest is an awesome bike but it's not a fun bike I mean you don't want to jump with it and the supension is super linear which sucks then if you want something somooth you bottom out quickly and violently

This shock issue is a joke you can fits the setting perfectly to your riding still and terrain

banshee french said...

my brother have a lapierre to compare with the RUNE
Ithas less inertia, (my Rune is heavier than his lapierre) The Lapierre to be honest is an awesome bike but it's not a fun bike I mean you don't want to jump with it and the supension is super linear which sucks then if you want something somooth you bottom out quickly and violently

This shock issue is a joke you can fits the setting perfectly to your riding still and terrain

intosite said...

i just picked up my copy of MBUK.
Congrads!

btw i noticed that the photos of the bike geometries on the last page, has the meta 6.2 and rune mixed up. at first i didn't notice, the numbers felt weird, till i realise the bike phts were wrong.

Keith Scott said...

Yeah I noticed that straight away too. it makes it a bit confusing for people as the geometry is right for the rune, but the picture is of the meta.

Also the rune does not have a squqre section down tube, not sure where they got that from?

Oh well, as anyone who rides a rune knows, it is a killer bike. I wish I had been there to set up their shock, as its not that hard to do, and personally I would have speced the bike with an ISX6 shock, a shorter stem and something like an X0 rear derailleur. would have been interesting what they would have said then.

intosite said...

are the 30.9 frames out yet? any timeline for them?

rob c said...

the problem with find with the UK bike mags is, no matter how we setup the rear shock before sending the bikes off, they start tweaking it and it all goes wrong...they really don't understand what they are doing half the time?

we recently had an EW Moment reviewed by another mag, they complained about the shock setup during the test and when we got the bike back, it was completely wrong (almost retarded), with super firm forks and a totally soft shock with all the wrong adjustments.....

Guiver said...

Well after reading that stuff about the shock i had to agree a little, I just got back from a 6 week NewZealand riding holiday with my Rune and for the first few rides i was not having that much fun. The rear end was behaving badly and felt dead. BUT after getting off my arse and setting it up again from scratch it felt brilliant, did not skip a beat the whole trip. The comment about needing to know how to tweak shocks is a little over the top.... being able to read a manual will free its potential. :)

Guiver said...

oh Jay and keith, Thanks for inventing such an awesome trail bike made my trip one i will not forget.

Gal said...

Guiver, Rob C, Jay, can you share good RUNE DHX AIR settings? I'm having the same issues with my Rune.

thanks!

Tiran said...

guys, I think this test is somthing a good magazin should hide from it's readers.
saying the bike is OK only if you set the shock properrly... well, for a profesional it's like saying that a tire has a good traction only if you put air into it, or that a derailour is only working when set fine.
you should rest a well set bike and review it that way.

MBUK, you failed this one. an F for you.

Tiran said...

guys, I think this test is somthing a good magazin should hide from it's readers.
saying the bike is OK only if you set the shock properrly... well, for a profesional it's like saying that a tire has a good traction only if you put air into it, or that a derailour is only working when set fine.
you should rest a well set bike and review it that way.

MBUK, you failed this one. an F for you.

Keith Scott said...

Guiver:
I'm glad you had a good riding trip in NZ, I'm jealous, I have always wanted to ride there!

Gal,
check this out
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=477465

Its impossible to say how to set up a shock, as everyone is a different weight and has a different riding style.

Tiran... thats actually a very good point!