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  1. #1
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    Choosing a Premium XC Racer: Superfly/Stumpjumper/Scale 900/F29er

    Hi, this is sort of new territory for me; I am looking for a XC race 29er and could do with a little help please.

    I am currently coming to the end of my background research before I actually jump on a few saddles. I have sort of narrowed it down to these few:

    For reference, I am 6΄4” therefore will be looking at the 21” –ish size frame and I like an effective top tube of around 640mm, which is just over 25”


    Trek Superfly Pro SL – Is it really that good? No OEM race team and no (that I can find) significant wins, are G2 forks and spares readily available?

    Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper Carbon 29 XTR – Both the 90mm front suspension and the low BB slightly puts me off. Also the effective top tube is not as long as I would have liked.

    Scott Scale 900 SL – Should I be concerned with the slacker head angle than the others?

    Cannondale F29 Carbon Ultimate – Not overly keen on the Lefty fork

    The Red Herring
    Yeti Bigtop 29’R Pro – I am intrigued by this bike even though it does not really fit the bill

    Not Interested
    Niner Air RDO – I do not like the EBB
    Orbea Alma 29er S Team – To small
    Felt Nine Team – To small
    Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er 0 – Does not appeal
    Santa Cruz Highball – Does not appeal

    Does anyone have any thoughts or have tried any of these bikes?

    Thanks in advance

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    what do you mean by no OEM team. What is the Trek Factory Race Team?
    2007 Fisher Rig
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    2013 Trek Madone 2.1

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    Yeah trek has a team with lots of wins on the new frame. Heck sam schultz had a top 20 in the olympics on one IIRC.

    I think all of the above are awesome bikes. Also might wanna check out the Niner Air 9 RDO, no ebb on that one.

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    Thr Trek is a totally new bike which hasn't shipped yet, so no real info from riders..
    The Scott geo was the overall World Cup XC champ last year as a 650 for 5'7" Nino Shulter. He also won two of the last three years. 68.5mm space for a rear tire. Can be tight.
    Another bike is the Grand Canyon CF SLX 29. Won the Leadville 100 and TransAlp multi for Topeak/Ergon.
    Canyon | Mountainbikes | Grand Canyon CF SLX 29 8.9

    Put on your favorite brakes, wheels(2 sets) and fork. Get Enve built with brass nipples if you like those.
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    Sorry perhapsI was not clear; the Trek team is DH and Enduro, not XC.

    It looks on the website that the Air has an EBB, I will recheck.

    Thanks for the replies, I am kind of drawn to the Trek and Scott, but seem to have a soft spot for CD.

    The problem is, any test ride would envolve taking a plane to a stockist, assuming they would be willing to have such an expensive bike in.

    I guess I would have to fly to LA, Houston or SF to see what I can find.

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    Trek World Racing is DH. Trek factory racing is XC and two enduro riders (who are ex xc champs). The Air 9 Carbon has EBB, The Air 9 Carbon Rdo does not. It uses a press fit 30 AIR 9 RDO. Also some dealers have Superfly SL's already, my local shop has one.

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