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    27.5 Aluminum XC Bike

    Hello,
    What are some options for a 27.5 lightweight aluminum (non +) XC bike? I'd like to keep the bottom bracket height no lower than 12.3" if possible.

    An ideal budget and build would be around $1,500. My preference is a 1x drivetrain, but I realize that can be converted at a reasonable price.

    The new Specialized Chisel has really caught my attention, if only they produced a 27.5 option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakeem View Post
    Hello,
    What are some options for a 27.5 lightweight aluminum (non +) XC bike? I'd like to keep the bottom bracket height no lower than 12.3" if possible.

    An ideal budget and build would be around $1,500. My preference is a 1x drivetrain, but I realize that can be converted at a reasonable price.

    The new Specialized Chisel has really caught my attention, if only they produced a 27.5 option.
    all being the same but wheel size. A 29er will be faster

    The Chisel is a good starter XC bike for the price
    Too Many .

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    I've struggled a bit with 29'ers on tight and twisty singletrack. Maybe newer bikes with shorter wheelbases and chainstays can make a difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakeem View Post
    I've struggled a bit with 29'ers on tight and twisty singletrack. Maybe newer bikes with shorter wheelbases and chainstays can make a difference?
    It makes some difference but 29ers just require more effort in corners especially at speed. You can demo bikes and see which you prefer but if it's a tight twisty fast single track then shorter wb, lower bb bikes will likely perform better.
    Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakeem View Post
    I've struggled a bit with 29'ers on tight and twisty singletrack. Maybe newer bikes with shorter wheelbases and chainstays can make a difference?
    New this year for Giant I'm thinking it replaces the Talon(?). Anyway top '18 model is right in your budget range. May be some '17's still kicking around too. Can't beat the Giant price point and warranty👍:

    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/fathom-1-2018
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    New this year for Giant I'm thinking it replaces the Talon(?). Anyway top '18 model is right in your budget range. May be some '17's still kicking around too. Can't beat the Giant price point and warranty👍:

    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/fathom-1-2018
    They still have the Talon, but Fathom 1 is a phenomenally
    spec'ed out bike for the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grubetown View Post
    They still have the Talon, but Fathom 1 is a phenomenally
    spec'ed out bike for the price.
    Helllllooooooh!....
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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