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    looking for an agressive hardtail.

    Im pretty much set on getting a hardtail for next summer. ill probably wait till late winter or spring to get one. but i figure i should start looking now.

    my style of riding is pretty "freestyle" oriented, i like popping off everything, and definitely want a bike more aimed at descending and jumping rather than for xc and uphill riding. though i dont want it to be a slouch, im looking at a hardtail because i want something i can ride around the trails near me, where my full suspension bike is pretty sluggish. also just because i really like the feeling of riding a hardtail.

    i dont want to look at DJ bikes, ive spent some time on DJ bikes, and dont like the feeling on trails. ive always felt like im riding on top of the bike, even on bigger sizes.

    I also want something i can take to the resorts and hit some of the smoother less technical DH trails and jumps.

    Im looking at the transition trans-am and ragley troof, they both seem like they fit my style pretty well, and i like that they take pretty long travel forks. i just want to see what else might be out there.
    and just a thought.. are there any aggressive 29ers that might fit what im looking for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsa101 View Post
    are there any aggressive 29ers that might fit what im looking for?
    Canfield Bros Yelli Screamy
    Banshee Paradox


    I have a Yelli with Flows & a 140mm Marz Bomber. Super fun bike.Goes up or down very well. Never heard a bad word about the Paradox either
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13 View Post
    Canfield Bros Yelli Screamy
    Banshee Paradox


    I have a Yelli with Flows & a 140mm Marz Bomber. Super fun bike.Goes up or down very well. Never heard a bad word about the Paradox either
    wow the yelli screamy looks amazing! still dont know if id wanna go with 29, but that seems like a ton of fun. do u have much experience with resort riding, downhill trails, jumps, more agressive riding etc??

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    I <3 my On-One 456 Summer Season.

    Slllllaaaaaccckkk steel rig, but I've had no problems with climbing
    (She's about 33 lbs, 150mm fork, 1x9 w/ a 34t up front)

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    I've got the On-One 456 Carbon. Awesome. Slack, low, light, fast, strong. Leave my Intense tracer in the shed unless the track is super gnarly. Don't recommend it if you don't like longish bikes though - it's no manual-monster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsa101 View Post
    wow the yelli screamy looks amazing! still dont know if id wanna go with 29, but that seems like a ton of fun. do u have much experience with resort riding, downhill trails, jumps, more agressive riding etc??

    No. Mostly buff single track around here but Ive done some pretty rocky tech stuff and it handled it fine. There's a few rooty washed out downhills nearby. I can usually just let the bike go with just a little feathering on the brakes. It really is a fun bike. handles great!

    Ive seen some videos of people doing North Shore riding, etc but couldnt tell you where they are. Then there's this...

    <iframe width="420" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/upM6JhS_TPc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    Chromag Stylus

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    A TransAM with an adjustable fork should do you well. Based on what you're saying, I don't think you want something super-slack or too long travel, more a properly sized bike that handles like a dirt jumper.

    Gary Fisher used to (or still does? not sure) make the Biggun' series, which was somewhere between a trail bike and a DJ bike with shorter chainstays. Something like that with a 100 - 130mm fork on the front can be a lot of fun.

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    loving my bagger on the shore. great aggressive geometry; toss on a 160mm fork and ride anything. should be at the top of your list for sure.

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    Add the Transition TranAm 29'er to the list also... coming in 2012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dumbaSS View Post
    Add the Transition TranAm 29'er to the list also... coming in 2012.
    hmmm sounds like that could be really cool. do you have any more info or know where i can get more info?
    im still pretty skeptical about 29ers, they have always seemed like the kind of bikes i would hate to ride. all about serious xc pedaling, not about fun. but now with bikes like the paradox, yelle screamy, transitions new bandit 29er, etc.. they seem to be going towards my style of riding.

    i was looking at the chromag stylus too, havent heard a lot about it though.

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    Another vote for On-One 456. A few frame materials to choose from too.

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    Another vote for the Chromag Stylus here! Love mine, just got it this season.

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    I have had a Santa Cruz Chameleon for a few years and have been happy with it. It has an early version of the Fox 32 TALAS. It takes a lot of abuse on my local trails. I haven't taken it to the bike park, although I've been wanting to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charmon2 View Post
    I have had a Santa Cruz Chameleon for a few years and have been happy with it. It has an early version of the Fox 32 TALAS. It takes a lot of abuse on my local trails. I haven't taken it to the bike park, although I've been wanting to.
    +1 on the Chameleon.

    I have a friend who owns a Santa Cruz Chameleon as well, also with a Fox 32 TALAS, a short stem and 2.35 tires. He uses it for Urban, DJs and VERY aggressive trail riding, taking the difficult lines and jumping/hucking/DHing anything on the trail. He prefers this to his DJ bike because he feels more connected cockpit-wise and he's a lot faster on the trail.

    The frame can take forks up to 160mm, 203mm rotors, and 2.7" tires (though a little on the overkill side, hehe). It's a freaking versatile bike.
    Better than he was before. Better. . . Stronger. . . Faster. (but not smarter)

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    Im not really a fan of Kona anymore but the 5-0 is a great hardtail for trail and downhill. (or is it five-0?)
    Slack enough angles for DH and stable in the air. Get a 150-180mm fork on it and your laughin.
    Can find em at a good price too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsa101 View Post
    hmmm sounds like that could be really cool. do you have any more info or know where i can get more info?
    No info available yet other than confirmation that TransAm 29er is coming and more info to come at Interbike.

    Kona also has a cool new 29er AM Hardtail...

    KONAWORLD

    Nice short chainstays.

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    I know someone already said it, but the Chromag Stylus is one hell of an awesome bike. The geometry is so friggin' snappy. I'm in love with mine.

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    Evil Sovereign

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    Are these the types of bikes you can take off of decent sized drops, even though they're hardtails? As much as i would love a bike like that, I don't know that that's possible?

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    Look at the Mountain Cycle Rumble. The size small (15") frame is available on eBay now for 300$ from crosslakesales. I can't post links yet, sorry.

    I've had a Rumble for a couple years now and I love it. It's set up as an All-mountain rig with a Pike 454 up front, 2.4" Panaracer Fire FR tire up front and a 2.25 out back, 1x9 SRAM with a Blackspire chainguide. It's a great go anywhere ride. The cool thing is that the entire dropouts are replaceable. The cooler thing is that Mountain Cycle sells 29" dropouts (albeit for a steep 80$ a pair) that will bolt right up in about 3 minutes to replace the stock 26" dropouts.

    Unfortunately, it seems you're pretty much SOL at this point unless you ride a small. No more Rumble for 2012.

    Good luck with your search.

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    Stumpjumper hardtail

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    Transition TransAM, Evil Sovereign, or Canfield Yelli Screamy gets my vote!
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    Quote Originally Posted by utasidian View Post
    I know someone already said it, but the Chromag Stylus is one hell of an awesome bike. The geometry is so friggin' snappy. I'm in love with mine.
    care to tell a little more about it? what type of stuff do u ride? anything you dont like? does it seem like it would be a good jumper?

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    I'd recommend a Cotic BFe. Sounds ideal for what you want. Nice short chainstays, longish, low slung top tube. Not to slack, not to steep. Similar to a Chromag but much cheaper.

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    Good point, I got my Stylus frame used for a great deal, I forget how incredibly expensive they can be. Really there seem to be a lot of frame choices for a slack angled, short chainstayed, low top tubed, sturdy built steel hardtail out there designed around a 150-160 fork. If at all possible I would try to ride a couple and see what feels good. Personally I would recommend 26" steel with an adjustable travel fork.

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    Trek 4300 is a hardtail mountain bike that lets you be stable whether you are riding on the nearest single-tracks, or challenge on a climb, or just ride around town through increased pedaling efficiency and speed capabilities during steep climbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hefeweizan View Post
    Stumpjumper hardtail


    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Leo View Post
    Trek 4300 is a hardtail mountain bike that lets you be stable whether you are riding on the nearest single-tracks, or challenge on a climb, or just ride around town through increased pedaling efficiency and speed capabilities during steep climbs.
    Please see above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by striped monkey View Post
    I got my Stylus frame used for a great deal,
    What? Someone sold a Stylus?

    Maybe the guy bought the wrong size, doesn't like HTs after all, or is a Weigh Weenie

    I built mine Strange, so people don't like to see it in the AM forum. Handles great anyway.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    On One has some crazy bargains. Those 456 frameset and XT drivetrain bundles are a screaming deal. Almost like buying the drivetrain and getting the frame for free. Too bad shipping from the UK is around $100 though. Personally, I've been reading everything I can find on the 456 Carbon lately. A lot of the builds are coming out around 25 lbs!
    Your momma's so nasty, she keeps ice between her legs just to keep the crabs fresh.

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    another vote for the SC Chameleon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chromagftw View Post
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    Had one loved it- price was the only down, but so worth it. I have a full squishy again but when I can I afford it I will build another up for sure.

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    the Product of COTIC cycles : BFe, very very tough steel hardtail

    Loved my first one. Some scrote nicked it, bought a Piglet, snapped it and bought another Beefy... Brilliant bike, quite possibly the best HT I've had.

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    Got an On One Carbon 456 with Revs and an Alfine rear hub. Loving it so far and comes in at 25lbs. On One have an offer on for the 456 Carbon with Revs for 599

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojojojoaf View Post
    Had one loved it- price was the only down, but so worth it. I have a full squishy again but when I can I afford it I will build another up for sure.
    yeah price isnt a huge concern, ill gladly spend a couple hundred extra to make sure i get the best possible frame, as i plan on keeping it for a loooong time.

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    Kona Honzo components arent spectacular but for 1800 complete its not a bad deal

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    The thing about the stylus is that it excels in so many different situations. I ride that bike everywhere, it is the only bike I own. It friggin' rocks on flowy fast jump trails with berms and gaps. It feels snappy and seems to pop off of every little thing. The top tube length is long enough that I'm comfortable riding on any long xc epic ride between here and oregon. The important thing here in revelstoke is a bike that can handle the steep techy root an rock trails, complete with drops to immediate switchbacks. The stylus eats these trails for breakfast, 'cuz, afterall it was designed for the northshore. But, like I mentioned earlier, drop the seat and get your flow on when your done the tech.

    I've spent plenty of time on hardtails, AL and Fe, and to me the steel frames just give back enough to make the additional weight worth it. I've got the stylus built up with a Fox Talas 36 and a beefy enough wheel set that I know no matter what trail I ride my body is more likely to break than the bike. I was luck enough to score a good deal on the stylus of Chain Reaction a few years back. I needed it cuz man those bikes cost a lot. If I hadn't of bought the stylus I probably would have gottten a Cotic BFe, Ragley, or NS Surge. Sure am glad I got the chromag though.

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    Have been running a Chameleon for 4 months, and would recommend it. Good value for the price, and it works as advertised. Only problems are that the paint scratches and chips very easily, and tire clearance sucks. I have Specialized 2.3s on mine - they barely fit.

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    Another vote for a Chameleon, 160 15mm fox, 1x9 with an EBB for when I wanna go single!

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    Quote Originally Posted by striped monkey View Post
    Good point, I got my Stylus frame used for a great deal, I forget how incredibly expensive they can be. Really there seem to be a lot of frame choices for a slack angled, short chainstayed, low top tubed, sturdy built steel hardtail out there designed around a 150-160 fork. If at all possible I would try to ride a couple and see what feels good. Personally I would recommend 26" steel with an adjustable travel fork.
    The Stylus is not incredibly expensive, they run about 350 to 400 used 600 new.

    The handmades like the Samurai are very expensive like around 1300 for a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsa101 View Post
    yeah price isnt a huge concern, ill gladly spend a couple hundred extra to make sure i get the best possible frame, as i plan on keeping it for a loooong time.
    Agreed, the Evil is a tough frame and IMO worth it. I rode it with Manitou Nixons, weigh 235lbs and its versatile enough to be an adequate cross country rig BUT loves the descents I was always surprised how well it would descend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charmon2 View Post
    I have had a Santa Cruz Chameleon for a few years and have been happy with it. It has an early version of the Fox 32 TALAS. It takes a lot of abuse on my local trails. I haven't taken it to the bike park, although I've been wanting to.
    +1

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    I'm liking my On-One 456 Summer Season frame (with older fox talas fork 85mm-125mm) so far. Climbs fine, and feels very confidence-inspiring going downhill.

    I was looking for a replacement frame when I broke my old Weyless XP and On-One's steel frame fit the bill. Should be strong enough for my 250+ lb weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratty2k View Post
    the Product of COTIC cycles : BFe, very very tough steel hardtail

    Loved my first one. Some scrote nicked it, bought a Piglet, snapped it and bought another Beefy... Brilliant bike, quite possibly the best HT I've had.
    Pic Ratty, PICS!!!

    Show us some Beef man!

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    I hadn't really seen chromag's stuff before... that stylus does look sick! anywhere to get them online aside from chainreaction?

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    mhm!

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    Hi there,
    I am seriously interested in Banshee Paradox, BUT its made from aluminium and I definitely want something steelish. Is there any possibility? 29er steel allmountain hardtail with ICGS?
    Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by bd4e1 View Post
    Hi there,
    I am seriously interested in Banshee Paradox, BUT its made from aluminium and I definitely want something steelish. Is there any possibility? 29er steel allmountain hardtail with ICGS?
    Thx
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    Probably the Transition TransAm when it's available

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsa101 View Post
    yeah price isnt a huge concern, ill gladly spend a couple hundred extra to make sure i get the best possible frame, as i plan on keeping it for a loooong time.
    I'll play devils advocate then.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/all-mountain/...ke-600890.html

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    well so far i think im pretty set on either a stylus, trans-am, or sovereign. the more i think about it the less i want to try a 29. unless for some reason the 29er trans-am is amazing.

    i havent heard a lot about the trans-am other than from people who use it as a more xc bike. the stylus and sovereign both seem like safe bets for something more freeride oriented.

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