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    Best All Mountain FS 26er 140mm+ travel

    What's the best All Mountain 26er full suspension with at least 140mm travel.

    Here are some other considerations:
    -Light Weight (Carbon)? ~4-5 lbs
    -Efficient pedaling uphill (good suspension design)
    -Short Chainstay (under 17"/430mm)

    What's out there?

    Here's what I found so far:
    Specialized Stumpjumper FSR
    Santa Cruz Blur TRc (125mm travel)
    Pivot Mach 5.7 c
    Scott Genius
    Ibis Mojo
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    Dont even try testing any bike. It is a waste of time. Grab some recent issues of Mountain Bike Action or other literature, and buy exactly what they tell you. (likely a 29er or 27.5 of the most advertised bike out there). Never mind what you can figure out on your own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemonaid View Post
    Here are some other considerations:
    -Light Weight (Carbon)? ~3-4lb frame weight
    Forget that, even a TRC weighs five and a bit pounds unless you're talking about extra small.

    No 140mm frame that you'd want to ride weighs that little. Go and find some demo bikes to ride, that'll tell you more than anyone here in web land can.

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    Made the correction 4-5lbs. Once I have the basic requirements met then I'll go about demo'ing them. Thanks for the input.

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    Of course only the bike I own which i love dearly. Dear god how many of these vague threads can there be.
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    Vague? I'm looking for specific characteristics. Short chainstay, carbon, 140mm travel, full suspension, not single pivot. How is that vague?

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    Judging by your list of bikes you should be a somewhat experienced biker, so really it is a decision you should be able to figure out yourself depending on many factors other than carbon, 140mm of travel and short chainstays. Things like where you ride, what type of rider you are, what your body type is (long/short legs/torso etc). There is no such things as a "best bike" as you've described.

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    Dont rule out linkage driven single pivots any more. XX1 takes care of alot of that granny ring bobbing that people complained about.

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    No - you're right. Your criteria is a lot less vague - i kneejerked reacted thinking this was yet another what is the best bike out there.
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    The TRc does not have 140mm of travel.

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    Ibis Mojo SL-R /thread

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    SB66, but its not a 4-5 lbs frame

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    Thanks for the input. I didn't realize the TRc wasn't 140mm. I forgot about the Mojo. I don't mind if this thread turns into "my ride is the best" kind of thread since what I'm looking for is ideas on which bikes to try out next.

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    Very impressed with the ride of my IBIS, will update with some warranty info on them shortly.

    If there warranty dept takes care of me then I don't ever forsee buying anther brand of bike as it rides THAT well.

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    My medium Mojo SL weighed 5 lbs on the dot when weighed by my LBS before it was built up

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    id keep my eyes open to frames that weighed up to 7 pounds. 4 is not realistic, 5.5-6.5 would be better.

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    Why are you considering the Spesh Stumpy and not the Enduro?
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    Why are you considering the Spesh Stumpy and not the Enduro?
    I hadn't considered the enduro... I believe the SJ fits the bill without the weight penalty of the enduro.

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    I'm 61 and record my climb times. The summer I got my Pivot 5.7c, I set 7 personal records, coming from a Yeti 575 that weighed 1 pound less.

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    Re: Best All Mountain FS 26er 140mm+ travel

    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    I'm 61 and record my climb times. The summer I got my Pivot 5.7c, I set 7 personal records, coming from a Yeti 575 that weighed 1 pound less.
    Nice, I'm currently riding a mach 5 alloy and I'm super happy with it. I was looking hard at the 5.7 carbon but they're hard to find used.

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    I ride a TRc, so I am partial, but I think it should be at the top of your list. A medium weighs 4.69 pounds, and even though it is 15 mm short of your travel requirement, I truly don't think you would notice it. I went from a 575 to the TRc, and the TRc feels like it has the same amount of travel. I also threw a lowered lyrik on the front, and have never thought twice about hitting anything a 6" bike could handle. It is a very lightweight, yet capable bike.
    2013 Medium Santa Cruz Blur Trc in Matte/Silver, full XT kit, 1x10 with 32T wolftooth ring, 25 pounds 7 ounces

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    Wink Vague Best Bike threads are mtbr's secret source of power!

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    Dear god how many of these vague threads can there be.
    ...as many as your heart desires, Lord Willing!

    I feel you on the "Best Bike" thread fatigue.

    FWIW, IMHO ETC etc, I personally love how Ibis bikes ride. They fit me well, and IMO the DW Link is the best riding rear end around. I've owned VPP and DW link bikes for years and years, and while I was into SC for a while, the Ibis ride (and great company, customer service etc) has made me a customer for life.

    My Mojo HD is the best riding mountain bike I've ever owned. Never had more fun on a bike, ever.
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    have you considered the ellsworth epiphany? ticks all your boxes.

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    I did not like my stumpy evo carbon comp but i do like my scott genius. for what ever that is worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hapeepotter View Post
    have you considered the ellsworth epiphany? ticks all your boxes.
    I'll check it out thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by tim208 View Post
    I did not like my stumpy evo carbon comp but i do like my scott genius. for what ever that is worth.
    Yea I added the Genius to the list. Do you have the newer single pivot design that looks like the Spark or the older design?

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