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 29R Pro I am intrigued by this bike even though it does not really fit the bill
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
what do you mean by no OEM team. What is the Trek Factory Race Team?
2007 Fisher Rig
2011 Trek Paragon
2013 Trek Madone 2.1
I'd rather be riding
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. https://www.facebook.com/TrekFactoryRacing
I think all of the above are awesome bikes. Also might wanna check out the Niner Air 9 RDO, no ebb on that one.
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.
Last edited by eb1888; 04-01-2013 at 07:38 PM.
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.
I'd rather be riding
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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