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    Looking for a XC Race Bike That Also Likes to Have Fun

    Over the past two years, my riding style and racing preferences have changed such that I am looking for a new full suspension 29er to compliment my race hardtail.

    My concern is getting another full suspension that leans too far on the riding spectrum. For example, I had a Spearfish for a year. It was great for smoother xc trails, but when things got rough, it opted out. The geometry was not suited to that. Shortly thereafter, I bought a Rumblefish. It made me lazy. I'd spin in the small ring going up and just bash through everything going down. It was fun when things got rough, but didnt like to climb.

    Now this leaves me wondering if there is a bike that is capable of doing most things equally.

    I have gathered that the Jet 9 RDO might be the bike I'm looking for, but considering costs, that is probably out of my reach.

    Im in search of an alloy (maybe carbon) 29er frame that wants to be built up with I9s and XT stuff. It feels comfortable in lycra, but will sometimes put on the baggies and Camelbak.

    Any ideas?

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    Have you ever demo'd a SC Tallboy carbon? If the Rumblefish seemed like too much travel at 120mm, the TB with a 100mm fork might be a good fit.
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    Camber Comp has 110 mm of travel (10 mm more than most XC bikes). I had the Carbon model for a while. Here is my review. 2013 Specialized Camber Comp Carbon 29er Review - YouTube

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    Jet9 alloy
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    You can get lightly used complete bikes for less than a clearance Jet9 carbon frame. Either way, do yourself a favor and stop buying single pivots.

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    sounds to me like, you'd like a 100mm race bike, with a 120 fork.

    Tallboy, Jet 9, Anthem ... Devinci Atlas is very intriguing atm.

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    SC Highball with 170mm crank arms. its an awesome bike

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    Rocky Mountain Element ftw! The Element is a much better race platform than the Tallboy and just as good as a trail bike. Having sold my Tallboy to get the Element I know of which I speak and although my Tallboy was a excellent trail bike that I loved for that type of riding it left me a little wanting as a race bike. After demoing a Element I found it to be a platform that had all the things I liked about my Tallboy without the shortcomings.
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    Looking for a XC Race Bike That Also Likes to Have Fun

    My vote is for the Anthem mainly because I just got one because I was looking for the same exact criteria that to mentioned. Race worthy but not so finicky that it doesn't like to have fun. I like your Lycra-baggy analogy, I feel this bike fits that perfectly.

    Sure it's their full suspension XC bike, but it's more than that:
    http://youtu.be/FXhR9j1Hjo8

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    Looking for a XC Race Bike That Also Likes to Have Fun

    That said I was heavily considering the Element too, but there's nobody here that sells them so I would have had to buy it blind without riding one...

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    I'm using an Anthem for that exact purpose. It's plush, seems to have more travel than it has, efficient, playful and it's near impossible to find an aluminium FS frame that weighs less.

    I run mine with a fork that can be set to 100 and 120mm. At 100, it's an XC marathon bike that likes to be thrown into corners. At 120, it handles a lot bigger terrain with relative ease.

    You might want to consider looking for a fork of which you can change the travel. This would make any bike a bit more versatile.

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    Find a way to buy the Jet9 Carbon, It will be as fast or faster than your HT as a race bike & is a very fast & capable Trail bike as well.
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    just throwing it out there. How about the orbea occam? looks interesting. 100- 120 fork up front. short stays (17.5 i believe). i saw this video recently and had me thinking...especially since the orbea dealer is just down the street. Orbea OCCAM 29er Review - YouTube

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    I was quite impressed with Intense Spider 29 Comp - new, plastic frame. Did not like the aluminum model, but not because of material, but it felt a bit twitchy. They slackened out this, and it felt just right, very stable, but still climbs without wondering around..

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    Quote Originally Posted by d365 View Post
    sounds to me like, you'd like a 100mm race bike, with a 120 fork.

    Tallboy, Jet 9, Anthem ... Devinci Atlas is very intriguing atm.
    I'd add the Specialized Epic to this list. With the brain shock you can set it up closer to a hardtail or make make it more plush as you want it. I bought mine back in 2010 when you could still get the aluminum frame only and build it up the way you wanted it.

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    Awesome information thus far.

    Giant Anthem is something I will check out. Ive been pining over a Rocky Mtn Element, as well.

    Ive never ridden the Jet 9, but I have demoed the Rip 9. Ive heard the Jet9 suspension platform is firmer. True?

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    trek superfly 100 al elite or pro. I have the al pro with full xt. Maybe a giant anthem advanced 29er would be good. Saddle time
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    Element.
    Pedal through it!

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    Even though the Cannondale Scalpel 29er is coined mostly as a race bike, it is all day ride comfortable and has 100mm F/R, especially the alloy 3 version that I have with a set of low rise bars on it and a lightweight set of wheels...Bike climbs incredibly well and can handle the rocky stuff as well as the downs (within reason)...

    Also a +1 on the Anthem, that is definitely a do it all bike...
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    Re: Looking for a XC Race Bike That Also Likes to Have Fun

    I ride a stock Anthem 29er and love it...it's handled everything I've thrown at it so far. The Maestro suspension link is an excellent pedaling platform.

    Might want to consider the Giant Trance 29er as well...might be more bike than you're looking for, but I haven't heard many complaints about them and they certainly are a capable bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vittetoe761 View Post
    I ride a stock Anthem 29er and love it...it's handled everything I've thrown at it so far. The Maestro suspension link is an excellent pedaling platform.

    Might want to consider the Giant Trance 29er as well...might be more bike than you're looking for, but I haven't heard many complaints about them and they certainly are a capable bike.
    I have a trance x 29er 1 and it is a great all around bike! I have won the first two races of the New Mexico series on it this year. Just bought a superfly yesterday because for the price and the bike and what came with it could not beat the price. If I didn't have to move up in class and I would have finished the series on the trance, and my boss (wife) said I could not keep three bikes Best all around bike I have rode in along time.
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    I am in the same boat in terms of riding style. I want a race ready bike that I can still have fun on. I went with a Pivot 429C. I did think long and hard about the Jet9 RDO. I think either would be great for what you want.

    All of that being said, I think you are asking a lot of one bike. Be sure to really get out and ride whatever you get prior to pulling the trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jnthomps08 View Post
    Awesome information thus far.

    Giant Anthem is something I will check out. Ive been pining over a Rocky Mtn Element, as well.

    Ive never ridden the Jet 9, but I have demoed the Rip 9. Ive heard the Jet9 suspension platform is firmer. True?
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    Yes the pedal platform on the Jet9 carbon bikes is so much better than the 2012 Rip9.

    So much so that I had a friend build a 2012 Rip9 with XX1 group & Carbon wheels & then rode my Jet9 RDO & was so much faster that he gave the Rip9 to his wife & is riding my Jet9 RDO while waiting to build a new bike for himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shmack View Post

    All of that being said, I think you are asking a lot of one bike. Be sure to really get out and ride whatever you get prior to pulling the trigger.
    Not at all, The Jet9 Carbon's are light enough & pedal & handle well enough to make it a super fast race bike.

    On the other hand I'm faster through all our ruffer tracks on my Je9 RDO than I was on my Rip9 .

    I don't care about Racing because 25 years of car racing & rallying has me all raced out, However I like to ride with people that are much fitter & stronger than me & The Jet9 RDO has been a very good bike to stay with them on the up's & nail them on the downs.

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    i've got my ellsworth evolution frame up for sale if ur an XL... might wanna take a look at it.
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    I def. think you should try a Tallboy carbon. Its light, quick .corners great and decends very good for a 4" travel xc type bike.

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