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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

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    These would be my choices for around the Ventabren area- worry less about weight and get a good suspension system.
     

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    I far and away prefer riding my FS 29er over my HY 29er. I bought a Niner Jet this year with 2 x XT. It is the best mtn bike I've owned. It is set up 120 front and 100 rear. However, if I had to do it again I would have bought a RIP for the extra travel. Modern FS mtn bikes are very efficient, especially in comparison to the racer X, which was exceptional in its day (I had one and loved it).
     

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    Pivot will keep it in the Cocalis family.
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    120 to 140mm of travel looks like the sweet spot for a versatile 29er. 100mm travel is pure XC racing territory. The suspension is welcome in racing duties to clear and go fast on moderately technical courses but it doesn't really add much comfort and is only barely better than a full rigid on highly technical stuff. On training / fun rides I much prefer riding rigid or >120mm FS, the former to avoid falling asleep on non technical stuff, the latter to get gnarly on more demanding courses.

    Bottom line : I need 3 MTBs. Too bad they can be so expensive compared to road bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BShow View Post
    A guy I ride with was rigid singlespeed guy for years.
    Harding?


    Anyone beating Bishop by that margin is most likely on a sponsored bike, or will be very soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CXinNH View Post
    Interesting.
    Fast as in finishing 5-15 min ahead of bishop or tk in 50 mile races.
    That is crazy fast...finishing ahead of those dudes with that kind of margin is world class speed.
    The mountains are calling and I must go.

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    Not a 29er, but i'd look into the Cannondale Habit Carbon 1.
    27.5". 120mm travel. Goes up, down, over. Light, flickable fun.
    Got some cash
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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    Quote Originally Posted by chasea View Post
    Not a 29er, but i'd look into the Cannondale Habit Carbon 1.
    27.5". 120mm travel. Goes up, down, over. Light, flickable fun.
    This is what I was going to say too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Neide View Post
    Harding?
    yessir. Ron and his wife are both on Sworks Epics and they love them. Neither are at Bishop's level, but they're certainly no slouches out there on the trails.
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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    Taking a serious look at the Yeti ASR c. Seems like a very cool bike to me.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by liv2bike View Post
    That is crazy fast...finishing ahead of those dudes with that kind of margin is world class speed.
    Just an example. VT50. 2014.
    Four locals on top. Yeah, the upper valley is the home the fast hobby rider.

    1 1/65 Expert/Veteran/Male 3:58:46 Mike Barton 41 M 14 White River Junction VT
    2 1/19 Expert/SeniorII/Male 4:04:25 Gered Dunne 33 M 63 White River Junction VT
    3 2/65 Expert/Veteran/Male 4:07:06 Will Letendre 41 M 138 Etna NH
    4 2/19 Expert/SeniorII/Male 4:10:58 Robin Liston 31 M 143 Meriden NH
    5 3/65 Expert/Veteran/Male 4:12:43 Neal Burton 37 M 33 Meriden CT
    6 1/55 Expert/MasterI/Male 4:16:06 David Connery 46 M 48 Shelburne VT
    7 3/19 Expert/SeniorII/Male 4:17:09 Ted King 31 M 126 Brentwood NH
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasea View Post
    Not a 29er, but i'd look into the Cannondale Habit Carbon 1.
    27.5". 120mm travel. Goes up, down, over. Light, flickable fun.
    The habit is great but.... there is no way to lock the damn suspension. You barely see the difference from the open to locked position, the damn thing pump like crazy. Rep said the bike was oriented towards newbies who habe no clues and would break the bike by riding in locked position full time.
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    Only three pages so far for a Lionel thread? We can do better, people.
     

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    So what is Yeti's reputation ?
     

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
    So what is Yeti's reputation ?
    Mickey, if you are still out there, now is the time to step in...
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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    yeti, like ibis, was a pioneer in mtb...got sold, then was bought back by former employees and "reborn"

    not sure if the history really matters all that much...they're all carbon made in asia

    the switch infinity looks pretty sweet...but really any dave weagle suspension design is gonna accomplish the same thing
     

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    Quote Originally Posted by doomridesout View Post
    I'm pretty sure you'll need a Pivot Mach 429.

    I got my PIVOT 429 Trail about three weeks ago. It replaced a Ventana El Rey. I loved the El Rey, but the Pivot is so much better -- more flickable and handles much better overall. It's XX1 with DT carbon hoops, etc.
    pivot.jpg
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gern View Post
    I got my PIVOT 429 Trail about three weeks ago. It replaced a Ventana El Rey. I loved the El Rey, but the Pivot is so much better -- more flickable and handles much better overall. It's XX1 with DT carbon hoops, etc.
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    weight? really curious. the original 429 (alloy) was quite portly. Pivot has done a lot across the line to get their weights down into what people consider to be "light".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gern View Post
    I got my PIVOT 429 Trail about three weeks ago. It replaced a Ventana El Rey. I loved the El Rey, but the Pivot is so much better -- more flickable and handles much better overall. It's XX1 with DT carbon hoops, etc.
    I ride with a few guys that have 429 carbons and they all rave about them. Though they do nervously joke about cracks at the bottom bracket... I only pay attention to that peripherally though - Just enough to bust their balls about it.
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    I don't have a super accurate weight on the 429T. My bathroom scale says less than 27lb - ready to ride - with dropper post, pedals and Stan's (frame size L). I know that the 429sl frame is somewhat lighter than the 429T, but the geometry is steeper, etc. My bike is light enough. I'm not sure that there's much weight to cut as it sits. XX1 is lighter than XTR one-by, and I like the dropper post. I suppose I could get a carbon saddle, but I just don't care enough to do so. The bike is very responsive as it is, and it accelerates well with the current wheels (DT XMC 1200). The suspension is awesome, very responsive to big and small hits.
     

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