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    Default Thinking about a FS 29er

    Well, here we go again.... I had all the intentions to bring the Stumpjumper in France but I am having too much fun with it in CA. Riding the Titus RacerX after riding the Stump is... painfull. So I am now thinking of getting another 29er for here in Provence. I could buy another HT but in the spirit of mixing it up I am get tempted by a 29er FS. I am browsing for XC "race" 29er with 100mm front and rear. After all the trails are rocky here

    Will probably go with XTR 2x again because I love that setup, maybe even Di2. Fork maybe a Fox this time around even though the SID I got on the Stump is fine. I like the idea of the 3 position front and rear suspension adjustment.

    I would like something in the 10kg or less range.

    With all of this said what do you guys think of this


    or this



    or something else. Quite open minded.
     

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    those are prob the only full suss bikes that will be in the 10kg range...i would say that you're severely limiting your choices

    i have an ibis ripley LS with di2 and wide carbon rims...it is fantastic, but no lightweight (about 27lbs)

    i imagine you'll get bullied into a dropper post in this thread
     

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    Because everyone deserves one honest answer before they capitulate to their limited mindset.



    You will notice the prominent routing for and use of a very good dropper post is specced from the factory. Along with some very good ENVE wheels.
     

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

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    All of these may fit your needs. All about 10-10.5 kgs.
    The mountains are calling and I must go.

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    Hey Lionel - You have a racer hard tail, so get a super fun semi long travel FS 29er. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Salsa Horsethief. It has carbon wheels, frame and other light bits. It is a hoot to ride.


    Pick up something with 120-130mm of travel. Trust me!

    -Joe

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    This could be a decent compromise

     

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    Turner.
    "As an homage to the EPOdays of yore- I'd find the world's last remaining pair of 40cm ergonomic drop bars.....i think everyone who ever liked those handlebars in that shape and in that width is either dead of a drug overdose, works in the Schaerbeek mattress factory now and weighs 300 pounds or is Dr. Davey Bruylandts...who for all I know is doing both of those things." - Jerk

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    For those that only speak American 10kg = 22.0462 lbs.

    And call me when this gets past 10 pages. That is when it will really get interesting.
     

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    People seem to like specialized epics. they just feel like hardtails to me.
     

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    I participated to a bike test recently and among the XC bikes I tested my favorite was the Merida Ninety Six :


    I tested the team version with Sram XX1 / Rockshox RS1 but I believe there is a version with XTR and a Fox fork :


    I didn't have the chance to test the Scott as the stand was always full and there was a lot of waiting. I can't get past the ugliness of the scalpel. Not because of the lefty because I love the feathery FSI hardtail.
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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    On the other hand since you are not racing XC why wouldn't you look at more marathon/trail focused bikes ? With a 120mm front, 95mm rear the Pyga stage or stage max (140/126) might be an interesting option.



    Or the new swiss brand Bold with the Linkin Trail 29/27.5+ and its hidden rear shock and DT Swiss 130mm suspension might be interesting too. 29er wheels for regular rides, 27.5+ for ride involving bad weather/snow or more downhill focused :

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    -Santa Cruz Tallboy
    -Trek Top Fuel (or EX if you are inclined to go 120mm)
    -Turner Czar

    Obviously the specialized epic is another logical choice. I will say that many are underwhelmed by Fox's CTD suspension and also from my experience the remote lockouts are clunky. Go for wider rims, a dropper post too can transform your riding. Lots of great choices out there...
     

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    My Ventana El Rey is 100 mm travel and weighs about 27.5#... i guess not bad for a metal bike.


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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
    This could be a decent compromise

    if you're going yeti, you need switch infinity...but you wont get under 10kg
     

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    I'm pretty sure you'll need a Pivot Mach 429.
     

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    Buy one of these with the XTR/Enve/Fox build kit. Capable of far more than just XC trails even at 10.56kg.

    Quick, before the thread ends up at 12 pages!

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    So far i have nothing bad to say about my trek top fuel 9.8sl. It is a 1x11 setup. 4in travel front and rear with a monarch xx and sid xx. Nice firm setup, not on the plush side. I think without pedals its around 10.8kg for a size 17.5. I have the mino link setup in the more aggressive mode, steeper tt and ht angle. This is my first 29er, i think i made a good choice. Boost 148 rear spacing and 110 front. I would def give top fuel a try. The 9.9sl if you have cash to burn is around 9.5kg for a 17.5.

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    Felt Edict FRD frameset. Add your own build kit.
     

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    Quote Originally Posted by back40 View Post
    Buy one of these with the XTR/Enve/Fox build kit. Capable of far more than just XC trails even at 10.56kg.

    Quick, before the thread ends up at 12 pages!

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    This.

    Tallboy will be at home in the Bay. Ship that Spécialisé to France.

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    Default Re: Thinking about a FS 29er

    Quote Originally Posted by NFazzio View Post
    So far i have nothing bad to say about my trek top fuel 9.8sl. It is a 1x11 setup. 4in travel front and rear with a monarch xx and sid xx. Nice firm setup, not on the plush side. I think without pedals its around 10.8kg for a size 17.5. I have the mino link setup in the more aggressive mode, steeper tt and ht angle. This is my first 29er, i think i made a good choice. Boost 148 rear spacing and 110 front. I would def give top fuel a try. The 9.9sl if you have cash to burn is around 9.5kg for a 17.5.
    Of this, we are certain.

    Lionel, whichever one you choose, I'll be happy to be your guest riding buddy in FR.
     

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