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    New Bike - Kinesis FF29

    So I first ventured into the world of 29'ers last October with a Chumba HX2, great bike but no front mech clearance and a little on the heavy side.

    Two weeks ago I had a bit of cash in my pocket so I went and got a new frame and groupset, it's a Kinesis FF29,

    Gears: full 2012 2x10 XT 26/38 cranks and 11-36 cassette
    Brakes: Shimano Deore M596 with 185mm/160mm rotors
    Wheels: Crests on Hope Pro II Evo Hubs - tyres pending conditions Specialized Ground Control S-Works or Bontrager Mud-X TLR
    Fork: RS Reba RL QR's with 9mm solid QR
    Seat Post: Thomson inline with Raleigh RSP saddle & Hope QR seatclamp
    Stem: 90mm Thomson X4
    Bars: Sunline V1 flats with Superstar grips

    Weighs in at just over 23lbs in medium sized and rides ace, loads of mud & front mech clearance too - very important over here in the UK








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    Nice looking bike!
    Ride.

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    Where was the muddy pic taken, it looks like my bike after a lap of Mountain Mayhem, cut grass and mud mixed! Nice bike!

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    It was mountain mayhem, fun wasn't it ;-)

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    Nice bike

    Im considering buying one Myself.

    How tall are you? Inseem?
    Single dad, and proud of it!

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    Bump. Any other rider reviews? I am seriously considering this frame also.

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    beautiful bike!

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    is it just me or does it look like a giant xtc frame

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    Thomas - I'm 5'11" and have a 32.5" inside leg, the medium fits just nicely with an inline post, 90mm stem and 736mm wide bars.

    ACMI - I've had the bike for a few months now so can offer a better opinion on it. It climbs exceptionally well and is generally just a fast bike, more towards the XC end of the trail spectrum the way I have it set up, but that was the intention. It's almost as fast as my Helius CC FS on twisty, rocky, technical single track, but blows it away on rooty trails and longer sections of trail.

    It handles rocks surprisingly well for a bike with 100mm of travel and 2.1" tyres on narrow rims and has propelled me to several top 10 finishes in both XC races and marathon events this summer.

    eric - cheers

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    Thanks for the feedback, Steve.

    I am 5'10" - not sure about inseam but it's around 31". I am a clyde by the way if that matters. For some reason I have grown to like long top tubes. My HT is a 20" Large with a 24.2" ETT and my FS is a 18.5 Medium with a 24"ETT (Both 29ers). I actually want to try a smaller HT again to get back some agility but I am worried that it might feel cramped. So the medium works well for you. Is there room to put an 80mm stem? Does the frame have some damping qualities? I know AL isn't known for damping, but some frame designs might feel less harsh than others. How's the standover clearance?

    Thanks in advance and congrats on your race results!

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    I'd be happy to learn about AL29 frames with seatstay vertical damping. This bike has it with good geo.
    Canyon | Mountainbikes | Grand Canyon AL 29 7.9

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    It's a very well behaving 29'er hardtail.
    New Bike - Kinesis FF29-imgp0534.jpg
    Lots of good rides, no quirks.

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