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    light and long travel

    hey guys i am in the market for a new bike. i rode a friends 29er and dont want to go back to my 26er! I am looking at getting a bike with the most travel i can while also keeping it light (but carbon is out of my price range) can you guys help me out with some suggestions. I was looking at the kona hei hei delux, the khs sixfifty 656, and the yeti sb 95. Anything im missing considering?

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    Santa Cruz Tallboy LT

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    Mammoth

    Quote Originally Posted by 00shocker View Post
    ... Anything im missing considering?
    LenzSport Mammoth
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    What is your price range?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CasteelG View Post
    What is your price range?
    3000 or under

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    Most bikes in that price range that are somewhat long travel are going to be in the 28-32lb range. Which isn't that light, but certainly isn't heavy.

    The Santa Cruz Tallboy LT with the R-AM kit (140mm front/135mm rear), Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 29 Comp (130 mm f/r), Trek Rumblefish/Rumblefish Elite (120mm f/r) and a few others that escape my mind currently are good options (Maybe a Niner RIP 9 of some sort?).

    It's really a matter of testing as many bikes as possible and seeing what works best for you.

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    For the money, in your budget range, Stumpy 29er comp is going to be pretty good.
    Kona Satori should be in that price range as well but I think heavier. I don't think you can get a SB-95 for $3K.

    I think you can get a Tomac Diplomat for that price range as well but also may be a tad heavier than the stumpy.

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    Bontragers law of three's

    Quote Originally Posted by 00shocker View Post
    3000 or under
    As Keith Bontrager famously said many years ago:

    Light
    Cheap
    Strong

    Pick two.

    May not be perfectly applicable here, but let's replace "Strong" with quality-good design-durable. As CasteelG said, depends on what you mean by light, but a GOOD long travel 29er that is also what most people would call lightweight isn't going to be less than 3K. Maybe less than (but close to) 4K.

    EDIT: I'm on a Tomac Diplomat. It's a 5+5 bike, is really a good one, great value (I think you could get into one with a decent spec for less than 3K), but it isn't light. Mine is 30+ lbs. And it isn't a cheapo build. Just average.
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