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    first FS which bike and why

    looking to get my first FS, i live in houston so terrain is flat. trails are heavily rooted. coming from bmx background looking to be able to jump yet be able to get out on the road and do 20 miles max. so which would you buy and why ( 5'9" 160lbs)
    narrowed my choices down to

    santa cruz 5010 r build $3299

    giant trance 2 $2900

    transition scout $3000

    and possibly YT Jeffsy 27 but wish i could choose frame color $2200

    my biggest concern is which will pedal best, may not even be a concern if they all pedal well, only ridden hardtails in the past so have no real comparison.

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    Maybe a short travel 29er should make your 27.5 exclusive list o_0

    Pedal, roll over on a 120mm-ish, 29er will be better than a 650b mule.

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    A 29er will roll over roots and crap more easily than a 27.5 will. The flip side is it doesn't feel as nimble so going through corners won't feel at connected.

    I came from an FS 26er and moved to the Anthem2 27.5 as I found it felt better to me. I don't think there are many bikes out there that aren't good. You will find that whatever bike you get you will become accustomed to riding it.

    Around where I live, it is pretty flat, but we do have quite a few ravines so a steep short hill to get down, and a steep short climb to get back out the other side. I liked the reviews that said the Anthem was better at climbing over the Trance. I have found from my experience that I can adjust the pressure and ramp speed of the shocks so I don't bottom out with any given travel, so I wouldn't focus too much on those numbers.

    I would suggest going to a bike shop and taking out a 29 and 27.5 bike and seeing which one feels better for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadkill401 View Post
    A 29er will roll over roots and crap more easily than a 27.5 will. The flip side is it doesn't feel as nimble so going through corners won't feel at connected.

    I came from an FS 26er and moved to the Anthem2 27.5 as I found it felt better to me. I don't think there are many bikes out there that aren't good. You will find that whatever bike you get you will become accustomed to riding it.

    Around where I live, it is pretty flat, but we do have quite a few ravines so a steep short hill to get down, and a steep short climb to get back out the other side. I liked the reviews that said the Anthem was better at climbing over the Trance. I have found from my experience that I can adjust the pressure and ramp speed of the shocks so I don't bottom out with any given travel, so I wouldn't focus too much on those numbers.

    I would suggest going to a bike shop and taking out a 29 and 27.5 bike and seeing which one feels better for you.
    I agree with all of this ^^^. I have a 5010 and that's the 1st thing that came to mind. However, my buddy has a YT and I don't think you can go wrong with their bikes at their price points.
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    I'm really liking the scout but concerned with the 65 degree head angle for anything other than pointed down.

    I will add I'm currently riding a 27.5 kona hardtail. The 1 29er I have tried I did not like the big wheels

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    The only place a 65 is out of place is super tight corners. On the new Transition SBG I don't know if that's an issue.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sims87 View Post

    I will add I'm currently riding a 27.5 kona hardtail. The 1 29er I have tried I did not like the big wheels
    I think it depends on the bike. First 29er I rode felt really cumbersome. I screwed around for a few minutes on a SC Tallboy yesterday and it felt just as nimble as any 27.5 bike.

    I also came from bmx. Most mtb jumps don't have the steep transitions on face of the launch like bmx freestyle jumps do, so I don't think it matters too much what wheel size, wheelbase, suspension travel you have. There are exceptions like the rhythm section at my local pump track but it was still doable on a Giant Reign I borrowed.

    I repsectfully think mtb guys tend to split hairs a bit on what constitutes nimble and flickable. I also think the bikes you listed will climb and pedal just fine. I prefer pedaling a 130-150mm travel bike over a HT on everything thing but the smoothest terrain. They feel like they carry momentum better.

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    should get to try a trance out in the next couple weeks, if i havent made a purchace by late march ill get to test a transition on my trip to AZ. really liking the price of the YT jeffsy

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    Of those listed I would go with the Trance. Almost bought one, but added to my budget and got an Evil.

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    Ended up getting a 29er rocky mountain instinct and love it

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    cool ! pics... newb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sims87 View Post
    29er FTW!!

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    nice !

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    Nice bike, but this is the 27.5 Forum.
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    Sharp looking bike. I've always had an eye on the Thunderbolt.

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