We’ve always said that the Hex is a fun bike that can do everything – from flowy street to technical natural trials and everything in between. That’s why we made it; we wanted to create a versatile, fun bike that could be used for whatever its rider liked. Since its launch in 2010, we’ve seen people riding brakeless street, manualling and spinning their way around cities, competing at a high level in national trials competitions, sending huge drop gaps and other TGS moves, riding trials demos and even cross country on Hex bikes. It doesn’t get much more multi-talented than that!
After seeing a few recent videos and photos of people putting the Hex to good use, we thought we’d get in touch with a few of them and see exactly what it was that they liked about our 26″ bike. Here’s what they had to say…
Aran Iolo Cook
“Since I first started riding trials, I have loved riding natural. As I progressed and my interest of competition riding grew, so did my wheelbase. In 2011 I gave the North American Championships my full attention, and it paid off. But this left me riding purely for fun on a very long bike with front and rear Maguras for 2012. This spring my riding style has found its match: an Inspired Hex.
I’m still riding natural a bit more than anything else, but wherever I ride the amount of lines has just doubled! Average heights for my basic moves are as they were, the Hex taps brilliantly but bunny hops really well too! And gaps to front wheel are so much fun with the steep head angle; overall the bike just asks to be ridden over everything, in as many ways as you can think of. When riding between spots I can’t help but bunny hop, wall ride and manual my way there, grinning the whole time.
I’m so excited to get out filming my first Hex video. I’m hoping for plenty of natural riding and flow, mixed with street and maybe a few skatepark clips too, plenty of streety moves on rocks, and plenty of speed!”
“North Wales is a pretty cool place to live. It’s hard to beat a sunny day riding in the Ogwen valley and Llanberis pass, in Snowdonia, which are widely regarded as amongst the best natural trials spots in the UK. That said, riding street has always been a primary love of mine and evening rides, with good mates, in the coastal towns can be great fun as the last beams of sunlight dance off the sea. Unbelievably, after years of petitioning the council, local riders now even have a half-decent skatepark to flow around in, with silly-grins plastered on our faces. With this variety of riding my desire has always been to be able to pick up one bike that can excel in all these styles of riding simultaneously.
When the inspired Hex was launched in 2010 I wrote on my blog, “this changes everything”. For me, when I finally got my hands on one, it really did change my riding. Finally, I had one bike that could excel across all the various disciplines I wanted to ride – street, natural, demos, you name it. However, more importantly for me, it made riding more fun no matter what terrain the bike was pointed at.”
”I have ridden the Inspired Hex for over two years and I love it! I am the type of rider that likes to get involved no matter what the venue has to offer. However, I prefer not to continuously swap bikes to suit each environment.
Due to the Hex’s versatile geometry I find it encompasses the perfect balance between street trials and the more traditional form of trials (negotiating over natural obstacles opposed to man made). I could be charging hooks to manuals and flowing through streety lines in the city, or beating the stopwatch and minimising my dabs at a natural comp. One thing the Hex does not posses is a limit to how far you want to push it…”
“I enjoyed riding a Hex as it’s the type of riding that got me into trials in the first place. You can ride a Hex anywhere – on curbs outside the house, in trial competitions, at skateparks and even on XC trails. You’re not limited to one thing like you are with a lot of modern bikes, it’s just bike riding at its core roots. Perfect.”
So there you have it – if you’re after a bike that will allow you to make the most of any riding spot and any style of riding, you need look no further than the Hex!
For more information on the Hex’s geometry, specification and options and where you can get your hands on one, head over to the Products page on our website!