First post here--be gentle.
51 year old fit male. Been riding a 2008 Durango 1 hardtail. Location is mostly South Carolina Lowcountry: mostly flat single track with bits of terrain here and there, but no claims or huge descents. Trails vary from tight technical to swoopy fast hardpack. Riding style most of the time is in the seat spinning away only to get out of the seat for quick turns and the quick, but minor, elevation changes. Not much in the order of rocks, but plenty of roots.
Looking to upgrade to FS 29er. $4k to $5k. Looking for less race and more travel.
I've been looking at specs for about a year now. I've only test ridden a Trigger so far. The Specialized LBS doesn't have demos. Trek has a demo ride in about 3 weeks.
ON PAPER they seem to be fairly comparable. Each has pluses and minuses.
My experience on the Trigger is hard to quantify as it's the only FS and only 29er I've ridden. Steering felt heavy in the tight turns, but I had to keep looking back to make sure the rear tire wasn't going flat. I know it's a drastically different feel of ride from a 26 hardtail trail bike. It's a bigger tire to drag around a tight corner and the suspension was so plush I couldn't feel the same roots in the rear as I did in the front (setting issue, I'm thinking). I never noticed the missing fork. I really liked the DYAD shock. I spent most of the time in the "climb" position and only changed it to flow for the drops. Time for pumping the down side was way off, though.
I asked the Cannondale mechanic in charge of the demo bikes to sell the Trigger over the Rumblefish and he said at this level of build they're like chocolate and vanilla, ass-time on the bike is the only real way to make a preference.
My question to you, the fine forum folks, is:
- FSR suspension really better than Cannondale linkage or Trek ABP?
- DRCV or DYAD or Brain?
- On the SJ: better to have carbon over Brain for same price point?
- Something I've missing in comparing the three bikes that would make one really stand out over the others?
The long winter (and my extreme dislike of the cold) is screwing with me and I'm eager to get back on the trails. Hopefully on a new 29er!
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