Here is a list of bikes I have owned:
Schwinn high Sierra
Giant trance x
Salsa dos Niner
Niner rip nine
Ventana el Ray
Niner jet nine
Soul cycles Dillinger
Canfield brothers nimble nine
Giant trance x 29
I have ridden with plenty of other people on different bikes and demoed a fair number of other bikes.
My point being; everyone has obviously had experience with other bikes as well as their own and I am curious as to what others believe is the quietest ride. Only in regards to frame and frame hardware.
My own experience is my Turner and Ventana were very quiet bikes and I don't recall my original Rip9 creaking. My current Rip9 (2014) is the best bike I have owned, but I do have to track down creaks every few months. Five guys I ride with are all on Stumpjumpers (29), a couple Al and some Carbon. One of the Al frames squeaks constantly, one of the carbon ones is fairly often. The others are totally quiet. My Trance X 29 creaked quit a bit, but that frame was fairly flex to me.
Anyway, just curious as to what others experience is. If your willing to lend your experience with brands and models please jump in.
*Disclaimer: I truly do not want to bash brands. I love my Rip, and the extra maintenance is worth it. Being a bike whore, I am always shopping and a real creak free bike would have a marginal influence, but possibly enough to help make a decision.
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