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    Best 29er hardtail for $2000

    For 100 mile endurance races..

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    I'll start this off with one vote for the obvious...
    Stumpjumper Comp 29.

    I know a lot of people don't like the Bicycle Super Powers, but here's the thing.
    Everything on a bike is outsourced, and the big guys have a lot of buying power.
    That means more bike for the buck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by not-real-fast View Post
    I'll start this off with one vote for the obvious...
    Stumpjumper Comp 29.

    I know a lot of people don't like the Bicycle Super Powers, but here's the thing.
    Everything on a bike is outsourced, and the big guys have a lot of buying power.
    That means more bike for the buck.

    +1 for the STUMPJUMPER

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    Niner Air9 Carbon or Santa Cruz Highball come to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiffy78 View Post
    Niner Air9 Carbon or Santa Cruz Highball come to mind.




    For $2000.00? Also, when you make a suggestion it is helpful to all to post a link to your choice. TIA

    AIR9 Carbon XT Complete - Hammerheadbikes.com


    Specialized Bicycle Components : Stumpjumper Comp 29er

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    oooooohhhhh!! for a COMPLETE bike....sorry about that

    Links? Highlight cntrl+c/cntrl+v into Google, gives your brake fingers and thumbs something to do, multitasking!

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    Salsa El Mariachi or Mamasita depending on your frame material choice.

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    I am shopping for a full suspension 29er so I have visited a lot of the LBS around here. Seems like their are some good prices right now on 2011s.

    This way you would get to ride them. Afterall no one can answer your question because the best bike for you is the one that fits you the best. Bike fit translates to comfort and less fatigue better performance. Componentry can be upgraded, changed later.

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    I'm in a similar boat but $2k for just the frame. I thought the Highball was supposed to be pretty unforgiving. Are the other carbon hardtails (Flash, Air9C) any better? My last bike was Ti which was nice, but I'm considering carbon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocheese View Post
    I'm in a similar boat but $2k for just the frame. I thought the Highball was supposed to be pretty unforgiving. Are the other carbon hardtails (Flash, Air9C) any better? My last bike was Ti which was nice, but I'm considering carbon.




    The Flash is very forgiving for a HT imo, if I had the jack it would be my endurance choice. You could have one of those russian frames (Triton) built, spec it to have some more give in the rear triangle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    The Flash is very forgiving for a HT imo, if I had the jack it would be my endurance choice. You could have one of those russian frames (Triton) built, spec it to have some more give in the rear triangle.
    I've heard the same thing about the Flash, especially paired with a tubeless rear tire run low pressure. I also read a review around here somewhere saying that the Highball was even more comfortable than the Flash. That would make it a winner for me, but I'd like to ride one first.

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    Subscribing... Have the same ?

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    Stumjumper Evo 29 HT.
    Geologist by trade...bicycle mechanic (former) by the grace of God!

    2012 Specialized Stumpy EVO 29 HT

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    For $2000.00? Also, when you make a suggestion it is helpful to all to post a link to your choice. TIA

    AIR9 Carbon XT Complete - Hammerheadbikes.com

    Awesome choice! Except that the bike you linked to is priced at $4868. Almost 150% over the price point the OP was asking about.

    Mind your own religion.

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    Kona King Kahuna from Departmentofgoods.com

    I just bought this if you call them or do live chat and ask for them to match the price that was on chainlove which was $1449. Very solid build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonDartFrog View Post
    Awesome choice! Except that the bike you linked to is priced at $4868. Almost 150% over the price point the OP was asking about.



    Reread my post and you will see that it was in response to another poster to demonstrate that it did not meet the OP's criteria.

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    Highly recommend the Salsa El Mariachi. Add a set of lighter race wheels when you can. Heavier than the carbon or aluminum options, but the geometry and ride quality make up for it IMHO. Did 50+ on it today (rigid carbon fork, 2x10) and I was really happy with how it felt throughout the ride. The advantage of the steel frame is in the ride quality: going down, spinning on the flats/climbs, or standing and powering climbs in the big ring.

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