I'm currently in the process of refreshing my definition of a hardtail. I've ridden a 100mm XC 26'' hardtail since I first started riding and although I got a double suspension bike along the way I always kept a good old hardtail. Well I'm at the turning points where I sold my 26'' fork, will get a brand new frame from warranty and I'll try to sell it. Given this is an opportunity to get a different kind of hardtail I'm looking at my options including going to the bigger wheel size.
Since I'm mostly done with serious XC racing and the trails around here are very rough, I'm looking at a more playful trail-AMish hardtail. At first I was looking at the Cotic Soul to pair with a 140mm XFusion Velvet but when I really think about it, the roots and rocks on our trails really take a bite out of the momentum hence why I'm looking at 29ers. However, I see basically no "similar" frame in the 29er size. They all seem to stop at 120mm and have steeper head angles. I understand the bigger wheels might not require such a slack head angle and travel but having no frames that give you the option sounds like I am missing something.. Am I? I only see the Diamondback Mason in that category.
FWIW my other criterias are as follows (in no particular order):
- Preferably steel but I'm not adverse to carbon. No aluminum, I find them too harsh to ride. Alu with carbon stays are fine in my experience.
- 100mm to 140mm since I'd like to race occasionnally (XC and Marathon)
- Slack head angle, I'd like it to be a go everywhere bike (I think that a 68.5-69 degrees head angle sagged woud be spot on)
- Tapered or 44mm head tube would be welcome
- Versatile and playful
- 4.5-5lbs weight preferably. I could go to 5.5 lbs if there really are no other options
- Dropper post compatible (meaning 30.9 or 31.6mm posts are preferable)
Any eye openers out there?
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