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    New Hardtail 29er or Full Suspension 26er

    I am currently planning on upgrading from a Diamondback Overdrive to either this 2011 Diamondback Mission 3 2011 XL Diamondback Mission 3 For Sale or this 2014 Diamondback Mason Pro. They both seem like good deals, but I want some opinions which I should get. The Mason may end up costing more than the listed price to include shipping.

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    I looked pretty seriously at the Mason before buying my Taro last month... I was drawn to the slack AM geometry.

    So I was going to say, "whattarya, nuts?" to compare a FS 26 vs HT 29. But then I checked the specs on the Mission. Diamondback Bicycles - 2011 Mission 3

    It's really an apples and oranges thing now. The Mission has good geo to my noob's eyes, though the 26" wheels reduce the slackness of a 68* HTA. CS is longer too, so this looks like it'd be less aggressive geometrically. Is that what you want?

    Does your terrain and riding style favor 26 or 29? Rocky or smooth?
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    I live in the Midwest, so the terrain is mostly rocky.

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    Downhill, uphill, level?

    The 26/29 HT/FS debate can go on forever, but I really like my 29ers on rocky stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyle242gt View Post
    Downhill, uphill, level?

    The 26/29 HT/FS debate can go on forever, but I really like my 29ers on rocky stuff.
    Agree, 29ers and rocky terrain is my personal favorite.
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    Opinion, I have one of each and the hardtail goes unridden.
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    New Hardtail 29er or Full Suspension 26er

    I'm trying to imagine wanting or needing a slack, AM HT in the midwest, and I'm stumped. Nowhere in IL, WI, IN.

    The only possible place is maybe Copper Harbor, but that's still overkill.

    I'd get an XC HT with a 120mm fork.


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    I'm in the western NC mtns. I'm the other way... I've got 3 high end spec FS 26s(and 2 more well spec'd 26 HTs). They all now sit idle.

    29er carbon HT. Focus Raven 5.0 2013 model left overs from Jenson. I just snag'd one myself. Free shipping and bike setup. Great bang for the buck. Normally $3200, now its $1799 shipped. Nice quality full carbon frame(same exact frame as their $6700 spec bike uses). Wide but thin upper stays make it stiff laterally, but otherwise a relatively plush ride. Best riding HT frame I've ever ridden. I plan on making my "big" mtb racing comeback on it next season starting in Jan.

    Focus Raven 5.0 29" Bike 2013 > Complete Bikes > Mountain Bikes | Jenson USA

    With some race quality wheels(w 650gm tires), with 4 ti Eggs, bottle bracket, sprinkling of ti and alum bolts, diff stem, diff saddle, Ritchey WCS grips, its 22.7lbs. 25.25lb was dead stock for the size M fwiw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtjim57 View Post
    Opinion, I have one of each and the hardtail goes unridden.
    same...., well i use the HT in bad weather and in town riding

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    Humph. I love my HT. Makes the short rides more energetic.
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    Remember hes only talking specifically about a 26" FS and 29" HT.
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    I ride in the texas hill country with some rocky terrain, and I can say a full suspension sounds real good right about now.

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    My Superfly 9.8 carbon with wide rims soaks up all the rocks like a fs with trail feel. 22lbs.
    The older ones were stiff as a board.

    Here's a post about maintaining a fs.
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    I have one of each. They get ridden in different areas. Local rides where I spend most of it climbing...I use the 29er HT. Rides where I do minimal pedaling where I have lift/shuttle access...I use the 26 FS. Both lots of fun.

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    Dont get me wrong, I love my superfly! But Im a student and cant afford an additional bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbedtailmtber View Post
    Dont get me wrong, I love my superfly! But Im a student and cant afford an additional bike.
    The carbon 9.6-8 are very compliant, with 35/30mm Chinese carbon rims it feels close to a 100mm fs.
    Put those on your bike for more comfort.

    Another option to think about is 27.5 wheels with a 650B+ 2.8" tire that measures out to 29" circumference.
    WTB Trailblazer 27.5 X 2.8" Tires: Exclusive B+ Review: Final Verdict
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