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    Which full-suspension XC-type bike will clear 2.4-2.5 tires?

    Going at this a bit backwards. Have a killer set of nearly new Nox Kitsuma wheels that I had Dave Thomas build for a Stache. Going to get a 27.5 mid-fat built to ride instead. SO.....that leaves a rather expensive wheel set with about 100 miles on 'em in need of a new owner OR a new bike to put them in : ) My bank account would rather I sell the wheels but there's always that new bike thing

    120 travel would be ideal, more of a XC orientation than enduro. This makes the hunt for a suitable light frame that fits wider tires a bit harder.

    What's out there? Haven't shopped full-suspension bikes for quite awhile.

    Thanks.
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    2018 Ibis Ripley LS comes with 29x2.6 Nobby Nics from the factory, so there's an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt.s67 View Post
    2018 Ibis Ripley LS comes with 29x2.6 Nobby Nics from the factory, so there's an option.
    Been looking at that and would like to add a couple others to the "look at/test ride" list. Intense Primer?

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    Intense Sniper.


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    Thanks!

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    Norco Optic would easily pass 2.5s

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    I currently have 2.35 Ikons on 36mm wheels on my bike with plenty of room on a top fuel 9.8

    The front has a 2.35 HD in a 32 Stepcast of all things and it has a ton of space despite what Fox says. When I put a fox 34 SC up there, it will have room for 2.6 NoNi if I wish.

    I post my configuration because It is an XC bike and it does clear with lots of room. for dry conditions.

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    If Ikon 2.35s are happy on a 36 internal, that opens up a number of options. Also looking at Yeti SB 4.5. SHOULD sell wheel set but....

    Quote Originally Posted by FJSnoozer View Post
    I currently have 2.35 Ikons on 36mm wheels on my bike with plenty of room on a top fuel 9.8

    The front has a 2.35 HD in a 32 Stepcast of all things and it has a ton of space despite what Fox says. When I put a fox 34 SC up there, it will have room for 2.6 NoNi if I wish.

    I post my configuration because It is an XC bike and it does clear with lots of room. for dry conditions.

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    2018 Rocky Mountain Element. I'm currently running a Panaracer Fat B Nimble 29x3 on a Fox 34 front and a Kenda Sabre Pro 29x2.6 rear, both on 35mm O.D. rims with Boost spacing.

    Granted, both of these tires run small for their stated size but it gives you an idea of what is possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedyChix View Post
    If Ikon 2.35s are happy on a 36 internal, that opens up a number of options. Also looking at Yeti SB 4.5. SHOULD sell wheel set but....
    Sorry, they are 36 outer.

    I just measured last night, The Ikons are 61.5mm on the 30 internal 36 outer. Knobs are at 61,

    Knobs have 7mm clearance on either side at the tightest spot, I wouldnt want to ride this in deep mud, but we dont ride muddy trails here.

    Surprisingly, the Hans Dampf 2.35 side knobs have about 1 cm tire clearance inside the Step cast sc 32 fork.

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    Wow, RM Element fitting those is impressive. Should easily take a 2.4 xc tire. Thanks!
    Is that with the carbon frame?

    Quote Originally Posted by tmb View Post
    2018 Rocky Mountain Element. I'm currently running a Panaracer Fat B Nimble 29x3 on a Fox 34 front and a Kenda Sabre Pro 29x2.6 rear, both on 35mm O.D. rims with Boost spacing.

    Granted, both of these tires run small for their stated size but it gives you an idea of what is possible.

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    Element C-50, carbon front and alloy rear.

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    Scott Spark or Genius should fit those no problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenAlonzo View Post
    Scott Spark or Genius should fit those no problems
    The 2017 27.5 Spark wouldn't take a 2.5. The 900 series might.
    I'd go for a Genius but looking for a bike for the husband and he's after less travel than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedyChix View Post
    The 2017 27.5 Spark wouldn't take a 2.5. The 900 series might.
    I'd go for a Genius but looking for a bike for the husband and he's after less travel than that.
    Thank you for the correction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenAlonzo View Post
    Thank you for the correction.
    2018s may have more clearance than the 2017. Thought I recall reading that.
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