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    Which 125-130mm, slack Trail bike?

    Looking for a light weight, 125-130 mm, trail bike on the slack side (67.5-68*HA). It seems like a few of these bikes are popping up. I want a bike I can ride all day but still have fun on the downs.

    Bikes that I would like to try:
    Yeti ASR5
    Transition Bandit
    SC Blur TRc (too pricey for me)

    Are there any others out there I should be looking at?

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    If you want to go even slacker, check out the banshee spitfire
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    trance x with a 150mm fork fits the bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 'size View Post
    trance x with a 150mm fork fits the bill.
    would like to keep the fork travel at 140mm max. I already have a bigger bike so I would like to keep the overlap to a minimum.

    Thanks. I do like how Giants ride. I used to have a Reign X.

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    I'm picking up my Bandit either tomorrow or Friday, assuming all the parts arrived. I'll post back with impressions Saturday or Sunday eve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightofthefleming View Post
    If you want to go even slacker, check out the banshee spitfire
    This. Price is right and they are SO much fun!!! Most fun trail bike I've ever ridden.

    Have FUN!

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    Kona Tanuki?

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    If you think its too expensive, don't try the blur TRc because you'll end up buying it. I was very impressed with the one I demoed.

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    Rumor is they've slacked the EX line by Trek. I have a 2010, and it's 69* I believe. I'm toying with a slacker headset but haven't been able to find anyone who has done it on one of these bikes. I will say my EX has been awesome though... easy to climb with and still somewhat fun on the descents.

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    I'm running a On-One 456 Summer Season with an old Fox Talas (85mm-125mm) fork. Been lots of fun so far. Head angle is something like 67 deg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robncircus View Post
    Rumor is they've slacked the EX line by Trek. I have a 2010, and it's 69* I believe. I'm toying with a slacker headset but haven't been able to find anyone who has done it on one of these bikes. I will say my EX has been awesome though... easy to climb with and still somewhat fun on the descents.
    They did some but the BB is still kinda high for my taste.


    I love my Spitfire. I've demoed a ASR-5 and much prefer the Spitty. The Yeti felt more like a big XC bike, the Spitfire's light and pedals well and all that, but still felt way more like something I could really rail on the descents. Super happy with it.

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    G-AIR, just getting back to you. I've ridden the Bandit about 20 miles so far, half of that uphill. I posted some general thoughts about it in the Bandit thread in the Transition forum. No complaints, great geometry that works for me at least, reasonably priced, good cable routing and details like that.

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    I'm pretty happy with my Nickel. It's like a Superlight put on a weighlifting program.


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    Cove Hustler XC. Made for 140mm forks and has a 67.5 HA.

    It's way more heavy duty than an "XC bike" though.

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    To the OP, you could look into what bikes you like and, are able to run a cane creek angleset to make the bike more slack if need be.
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    What is your definition of trail bike? I have a motolite and with a light fork and wheels feels very XC-ish. Throw a Pike and beefy wheels on it and it feels much less XC.

    The Chumba vf2 might fit the bill. Slack and built for a 140mm fork. The XCL in a way more on the AM side of the spectrum. SC BLT is gonna be one of the better options too.

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    Ragley looks like they're putting together something that fits the bill... though one may have to wait awhile before these even get to market

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    Thanks everybody for all the suggestions.

    Definitely looking at the Tr Bandit. Its probably the most economical with all the features I want.

    I already have an AM hardtail and a bigger bike, so those suggestions are out. I really just want something that I can build light, ride all day, climbs well, but still fun on the way down.

    For right now it looks like the Bandit and the Yeti ASR5. I like the Speci Camber but it doesn't look like I can get a frame only. I think there will be a bunch of choices in this catagory in the near future. Knolly has plans with the Endo SL.

    Thanks again.

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    I built a Transition Bandit recently at about 26.25 lbs, with XO 2x10, Stans wheels, Reverb post. I can't compare it to other bikes on your list because I haven't ridden them, but I can tell you it is a very fun bike. Very playful on the descents, bumps, and small jumps. Back end feels lively and the bike begs to be flicked around corners and over bumps. Climbs well, and climbing technique limits me more than anything about the bike (head angle, rear suspension, etc). Basically, it's a blast to ride, and on long rides too (3-4 hours are all I've had a chance to do yet, but feels great).

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    Quote Originally Posted by robncircus View Post
    Rumor is they've slacked the EX line by Trek. I have a 2010, and it's 69* I believe. I'm toying with a slacker headset but haven't been able to find anyone who has done it on one of these bikes. I will say my EX has been awesome though... easy to climb with and still somewhat fun on the descents.
    I put the Cane Creek angle set in my 2010 Remedy 9.9. I went with the 1 degree cup and has slackened my bike to a 66 degree HA. The cup sticks out of the bottom of the HT on the Trek E2 HT and that adds 1 degree of slack it's self. I absolutely love it!! Feels good, still climbs great and even better on descents. I was going to put one in my '11 Fuel EX 9.7, but I bought this Remedy and selling the Fuel. It would have been an excellent upgrade to my Fuel though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbigisbudgood View Post
    It's like a Superlight put on a weighlifting program.
    hahaha, love this
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    I'm looking for the same thing as you and I'll be buying a 2012 stumpy fsr comp in the next few months.

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