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    Trek Wahoo 2013

    Getting my first bike, was thinking of getting a Giant Revel...but I got pulled in by the Trek Wahoo '13 29er.

    My friend and a shop guy told me the Trek had better components for around the same price

    You guys think its a good purchase for $549?

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    Isnt the revel a 26"?

    The wahoo is most closely compared to the Talon 2. I know cuz I have a wahoo and my friend has the talon.

    You really cant go wrong with either one. Its one of those same but different kinda deals.

    The reason I chose 1 over the other was how it felt. I never looked into the geometry differences but for whatever the reason the wahoo felt better for me. The stock spring in the fork was much stiffer on the trek which I preferred and I dont like the push/push style sram shifter his has. Yet he loves it.

    Anyway I have a ton of fun on my wahoo. Dont let those posts you find on the internet fool ya, you really can have fun on a $500 bike without dying lol. If you search this forum you will find pics and info from myself and others with the same bike (the only difference from 2012 to 2013 is da paint job and price). Pick one and go ride it!
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    I think you should jump another $100 and get a Trek Marlin. It has great components. That's a great place to start if you're into it.

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    Revel this year does come in a 29er. Im not sure they are making the Talon for 2013 or not.

    Either bike would be fine. Just get the one you feel the best on when you ride it.

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    Got my 2013 Marlin for $580 at my LBS, maybe see if you can get a similar deal on one of those, or possibly do better on the price of the Wahoo if you go with it.
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    The Trek Wahoo will utilize the G2 geometry whereas the Giant will not. There will probably be a difference in front-end feel between the bikes. The Revel only comes in a 26" but it's spec'd a bit better than the Wahoo. The Wahoo is a 29" with a tapered head tube, but lower specs. If it were my $$, I'd probably get the Wahoo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCMTB View Post
    The Trek Wahoo will utilize the G2 geometry whereas the Giant will not. There will probably be a difference in front-end feel between the bikes. The Revel only comes in a 26" but it's spec'd a bit better than the Wahoo. The Wahoo is a 29" with a tapered head tube, but lower specs. If it were my $$, I'd probably get the Wahoo.
    The Revel does come in 29".

    I was told the Revel had lesser specs than the Wahoo.

    Idunno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jettyoung1999 View Post
    I think you should jump another $100 and get a Trek Marlin. It has great components. That's a great place to start if you're into it.
    The Wahoo is an excellent first bike. All that is upgraded on the marlin is a lockout fork and SRAM drivetrain. Actually, the Marlin does not have many differences with the Wahoo, the difference is if you have a lockout fork or not. You should be able to get a better deal on a Wahoo, but if you can spend $60 more, go for the Marlin.
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    I am glad to see they put some double-wall rims on the 2013 Wahoo. last year's model was basically a hybrid with fatter tires. it is an entry-level bike. I think most people who buy a bike like the Wahoo and actually ride it will be disappointed and wish they had saved a little more $$ and gotten something better.

    I have never gotten those cheesy Tektro brakes working well and the fork is going to feel like a pogo stick. if this is your first mountain bike and you start riding it a lot, expect to need to replace it in a about a year. the beginning of what I would consider trail-worthy bikes by Trek is the Cobia. The rest are casual once-a-month weekend warrior bikes. you get what you pay for, but with Trek you get a solid company that stands by their product.

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    went to the shop earlier....came back thinking I might go for the mamba.

    My brother(not a rider) and the sales dude kinda got me leaning towards spending a tad more but getting something I can ride on for more than a year before I step up to the $2000+ range in a year or two

    Any other bikes you guys would suggest for <$900

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    What kind of deal would you have if you would buy the Mamba?
    Remember to buy the bike YOU want, not a bike that the shop wants to sell in order to make more money.

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    your LBS salesperson makes more money if you buy a more expensive bike, of course, but as a person who has sold dozens of bikes, they are also doing you a huge favor by steering you away from the cheapest bike possible. Like I said, I have met a few people who bought from the cheapest bikes from a brand and later regretted it because upgrading a bike like that is not worth it. (a new decent, non-pogo stick fork will cost a few hundred bucks and you have limited options for G2 forks.) buy cheap- buy twice. trying to maintain a bike for a customer that is riding it beyond what it was made for is also a huge pain for the mechanics and requires more trips to the shop for the customer. if you ride a Wahoo and ride it hard on trails, expect it to spend more time in the shop than a more durable (and expensive) bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCMTB View Post
    The Trek Wahoo will utilize the G2 geometry whereas the Giant will not. There will probably be a difference in front-end feel between the bikes. The Revel only comes in a 26" but it's spec'd a bit better than the Wahoo. The Wahoo is a 29" with a tapered head tube, but lower specs. If it were my $$, I'd probably get the Wahoo.
    Are you sure on the tapered headtube, I was under the impression the Wahoo was 1 1/8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroSkillet View Post
    The Revel does come in 29".

    I was told the Revel had lesser specs than the Wahoo.

    Idunno.
    My bad, I guess it does.

    Revel 29er 0 (2013) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | United States

    Looks like the Revel 1 is spec'd a hair (and I mean a hair) better than the Wahoo but they both have low-end components. I would caution readers that sometimes these lower-end bikes don't offer much rear tire clearance beyond what the mfg has spec'd as oem. In both cases these bikes offer a 2.1 and that may be the biggest that will fit. When you look at the bikes in the shop, look at the clearance out back and as the salesperson what the largest tire would be for the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Smedley View Post
    Are you sure on the tapered headtube, I was under the impression the Wahoo was 1 1/8?
    You're right. I was looking at the HT and not reading the specs.

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    Good job!

    I purchased a mamba and I never thought i would love riding singletrac so much..after 1500 miles in the dirt, and riding a friends more $$$ bike, I wish I would have spent more and got better components , but I had know idea how much fun this is. All in all, I have a blast on my mamba . IMO, get the best ya can, you will have no regrets. I am soo glad I didnt get the one I thought I wanted (based on price) .The salesman was correct , that the mamba would be an great choice for me at the time. I,m under 270 lbs..was 300 before i got the bike
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    I have a 2012 trek marlin SS 29er SS and I love it! The front fork is garbage and already needs replacing. Try and find a left over 2012 because I got the marlin for just $450 because they wanted to clear out for the 2013's it's the same bike minus some anodized parts.

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    The Trek Wahoo will utilize the G2 geometry whereas the Giant will not.
    +1. I've ridden both Treks and Giants, and love the feel of the Treks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCMTB View Post
    My bad, I guess it does.

    Revel 29er 0 (2013) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | United States

    Looks like the Revel 1 is spec'd a hair (and I mean a hair) better than the Wahoo but they both have low-end components. I would caution readers that sometimes these lower-end bikes don't offer much rear tire clearance beyond what the mfg has spec'd as oem. In both cases these bikes offer a 2.1 and that may be the biggest that will fit. When you look at the bikes in the shop, look at the clearance out back and as the salesperson what the largest tire would be for the bike.
    A Geax Saguro 2.2 fits a 212 Wahoo with at least .5" clearance.

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    For the money it's decent! I have a friend riding the Trek Wahoo right now and he is very happy with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamar83 View Post
    I have a 2012 trek marlin SS 29er SS and I love it! The front fork is garbage and already needs replacing. Try and find a left over 2012 because I got the marlin for just $450 because they wanted to clear out for the 2013's it's the same bike minus some anodized parts.
    they might have firmer replacement springs for that fork, I know they have them for the 289 tora rock shox, found on the mamba
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    I was in the same boat recently and chose to spend the extra money ($850) and purchased the 12'Mamba.

    I have not rode a bike in over 12 years but I preferred to spend a little more now than to have to spend it later or at least not anytime soon...

    at the end of the day, I never rode a bike in all these yrs so I have nothing to compare mine to and I didn't test ride any others either...

    get what you can and enjoy it.

    PS I purchased 13'3500 Trek for my gf 26"...once she breaks it in, ill ride them both and give my comparison...obviously 2 completely different bikes but maybe I can speak on $400 bike vs $900 and see if really worth it for someone new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spk1264 View Post
    they might have firmer replacement springs for that fork, I know they have them for the 289 tora rock shox, found on the mamba
    It's not that really. The lockout is stuck in the locked position, it made a huge sucking sound before it got stuck, and its 6lbs. I'm prob gonna buy a carbon rigid fork once I find one on CL or eBay.

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    Im in a dilema. I can get a Trek Wahoo 2013 under retail price or a Kona Mahuna 2012 with a decent disscount. Any advice?

    I am finally getting a 29er, i do mainly cc.

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    The trek wahoo frame is the same as the X cal, Gary Fisher is the way to go. I purchased a Cobia and upgraded with the parts I like. Depending on how big you are and the type of riding you will be doing, look into fork upgrade with the wahoo.

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    Also look for 2012 treks there are basically unchanged except for minor things like color.

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    looking to upgrade my front forks on my 2011 trek wahoo 29er im on a budget and would like to find somthing around 300$ i like to do come XC and some down hill im about 230lbs, not sure where to start

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    Forks

    Dude, go to Ebay and check out Rock Shocks REBA maybe 2012 models, you will be able to get em for 300 or a bit over that and you can t go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulo29er View Post
    looking to upgrade my front forks on my 2011 trek wahoo 29er im on a budget and would like to find somthing around 300$ i like to do come XC and some down hill im about 230lbs, not sure where to start
    My suntour on my marlin 29er SS gave up on me so I went to CL and picked up a recon for 120$ AND a white bros carbon rigid fork for $60. I'm 205lb and the recon is a good fork for the money. Gonna try out the rigid fork later on.

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    Yeah the suntours are not that wonderful, I ride a recon as well and they work great, make sure you have the air properly adjusted for your weight.

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    Looking into the rebe, came across the rock shoc silver recon solo tk for 270$ at price point , any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulo29er View Post
    Looking into the rebe, came across the rock shoc silver recon solo tk for 270$ at price point , any thoughts?
    Are you ;looking to stay with the G2 geometry of the trek or not that worried about ? I have the mamba and have been on Ebay looking for G2 fox forks but always get outbid. They usually go for 300 or more, so i been looking on craigslist and bike classifieds for something I dont have to go on a bidding war over. I'm curious if any reba or recon would be better even if its not off a trek bike (G2)..all in all I want to upgrade everything after riding my brothers Stache 8..
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    If you adjust the recon properly you should be good, but man if you put up $50 more and some work looking on the net you could get a 2012 reba.

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    I was test riding a '12 Wahoo as they said it has near identical geometry to the Mamba. And I was very impressed! It has nearly everything right. Felt great. I almost bought it at nearly half the price of the Mamba.

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    I wish I would have stepped up and got the RIG instead of the marlin. I've already upgraded the bars, saddle, grips, and the fork. I've enjoyed doing the upgrades but they're costly.

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    Hey the wahoo all the way to the x-cal have identical frames, the difference once you start going up the line is mostly Forks and accessories like brakes, shifters, detailers act. I bought the cobia cause I liked red and I have rebuilt the bike with XO Sram parts , into a custom bike. On the lower end just watch the forks .

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    Yeah, but once your done your bike is kick ass.... I have switch my cobia from a 3x10 to a 1x10

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    Quote Originally Posted by drizzdwb View Post
    Yeah, but once your done your bike is kick ass.... I have switch my cobia from a 3x10 to a 1x10
    Running my Cobia 1x10 and loving it.


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    I'm looking at getting a 2012 g2 SID w/ lockout next then I wanna toy with gearing and tires. I could have got a 2013 but I like my matte finish. $460 for it brand new was a deal to me. Not the best pic but only one in my phone.
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    I have redone my entire bike...The Trek G2 frame feels great, and once you dial it out with the right wheels and parts its a dream. I got my wheels built by Lacemine29.com Mike Curiak, Kings with Pacenti TL28 29" rims, they make the bike ride 100% better...DONT BUY THE X-CAL!!! for about the same price you can totally trick out a Cobia or Mamba(if you want to upgrade forks) with totally stellar parts, much better than what Trek would give you..But there bikes rock...

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    Quote Originally Posted by drizzdwb View Post
    I have redone my entire bike...The Trek G2 frame feels great, and once you dial it out with the right wheels and parts its a dream. I got my wheels built by Lacemine29.com Mike Curiak, Kings with Pacenti TL28 29" rims, they make the bike ride 100% better...DONT BUY THE X-CAL!!! for about the same price you can totally trick out a Cobia or Mamba(if you want to upgrade forks) with totally stellar parts, much better than what Trek would give you..But there bikes rock...
    Hey drizz, what kind of forks and how much were they ?
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    Well if you want to go 29er for Giant bikes you have the Reveal, Talon and the XTC.

    With Trek you have the Marlin, Mamba and Wahoo.

    Then you have tiers for each model in the Giant Bikes. For example Talon 0, Talon 1, Talon 2 or XTC 1, XTC 2

    Depending on the model the Bike will come with better components depending on the tiers.
    I would go mid level on both brand name bikes and model. The Talon come with SRAM X5 and Shimano components and a Rock Shox fork. The Trek's are about the same.

    Don't fall into the trap of the sales man trying to rip you a new one, there are some sharks out there. Study the bike you like and go online and do a side by side on the specs.

    Help it helps.

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