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    Differences between a carbine and bronson?

    I have been on 29ers for a few years and I am going to stay on a 29er carbon HT for endurance races, but I am thinking of switching to 27.5 for AM. I have to admit I am excited about the Bronson, but I am wondering why so many folks seem to be overlooking/forgetting the carbine. That bike looks awesome too and it has very similar GEO and VPP. Just curious if there are any real differences.
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    I agree. I'm in the market for a 27.5 too. I've ridden the RM Altitude and it was amazing. Can't wait to ride a Bronson as well and I am intrigued by the Carbine too. It'll be nice when these seem to be a little more available for demo. Just updated my mojo SL to 650. Haven't gotten a ride in yet. But should be sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hackdan10 View Post
    I agree. I'm in the market for a 27.5 too. I've ridden the RM Altitude and it was amazing. Can't wait to ride a Bronson as well and I am intrigued by the Carbine too. It'll be nice when these seem to be a little more available for demo. Just updated my mojo SL to 650. Haven't gotten a ride in yet. But should be sweet.
    I just rode the Bronson and the Carbine both at Sea Otter yesterday. Rode the Carbine Thursday too. For me, the Carbine wins. I'm going to order one in the next week or so. It just felt better to me overall. The Bronson I rode had XTR and Enve wheels but for some reason the Carbine just felt lighter to me. More playful. More plush and easier to control. Not to mention the Carbine is probably easier to get right now and almost surely less expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hackdan10 View Post
    I agree. I'm in the market for a 27.5 too. I've ridden the RM Altitude and it was amazing. Can't wait to ride a Bronson as well and I am intrigued by the Carbine too. It'll be nice when these seem to be a little more available for demo. Just updated my mojo SL to 650. Haven't gotten a ride in yet. But should be sweet.
    By the way, I meant to ask...what did you think of the RM Altitude? I was considering that one too but I havent been able to demo one.
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    By the way, I meant to ask...what did you think of the RM Altitude? I was considering that one too but I havent been able to demo one.
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    So I'm currently riding an ibis mojo SL with a 150mm fork. I'm looking for a little beefier, longer wheelbase slightly bigger wheels at about the same weight. It climbed over more technical stuff than my ibis. Rolled over stuff so much easier. It was a rocket on the downhill. So stiff and I loved the 34 fork. I rode it in the neutral position as far as geometry. I've also ridden a Ripley. Great bike but I'm just not a 29r guy. I rode an ibis HD with 27.5 and it was remarkable too. I went up and down stuff i wouldnt have made on my SL. I just want a bike that was designed around 27.5. I'll end up putting my 27.5 wheels that I just put on my SL on whatever 27.5 frame I buy. But so far big fan of the Altitude.

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    The RM Altitude should be a good ride. It can be tuned to a very slack 66.5 head angle with short 16,8" (428mm) chainstays. So it could be even more fun to ride than the Bronson which has very long chain stays and a 67 head angle.
    Build quality should be the same, pricing too.

    So my choice would be more between the Bronson and the Altitude (which has beautiful cable routing in the frame as well) than the Carbine which is nothing more than a converted 26" bike.

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    Differences between a carbine and bronson?

    I've been out of the loop with mtbs rode an iron horse for years in beautiful WA and ran with the more expensive bikes then blew by them on downhill. Yea I would get tired going up but I pushed and got better n got into shape. I have no idea what the deal is with all this technical mumbo jumbo. This many grams hear this angle there. I just ride n have fun n if you challenge me I'm gonna do my best to beat you n prove your mumbo jumbo is non sense. But mostly I have to defend my, don't have it yet, $6k carbon Bronson. I went all out but I don't want to upgrade later. I test rode lots of 29ers but felt too big and I'm 6'4". 27.5 I think on the Bronson felt perfect around town n jumps here n there can't wait til I go to the trail

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    Good on you Ed!! Keep it simple bro and pound everyone you can into the ground!
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