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    The old steed is going out to pasture

    Hi All,

    I hope you guys/gals can help me out with my situation.

    I am looking to upgrade from my Cove hardtail to a full sus all-round bike (enjoy my climbing, single tracking and of course going down) and I wanted feedback on my bike choice.

    Bike: Giant Trance frame, built up with Hope Big'uns, Hope minis back, m4s front, XT/XTR kit, Fox forks (would love some Pace Fighters but not made of money).

    Here's hoping for loads of replies!

    Alex

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    The Trance is definitely on the XC tip, as far as full-sussers go..... Short travel and all.....

    For a more capable AM rig, and if you want to stay with Giant, go with the Reign.
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    I am not set on a Giant ( I have been looking at Ellsworth Epiphany, Turner 5-spot Titus Motolite etc) however, they seem to offer the most bang for the buck...I am still open to suggestions though...

    I am thinking that anythjing more than 4" might be a bit too much bike, I have used and raced hard tails for 12 years and would like to retain a decent feel as well as good climbing.

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    I used to think that the 4-5" range was perfect, and any more would seriously impact my ability to climb efficently.....

    However, I've found that 6" of travel does not adversely impact my climbing, or provide for a squishy feel.....
    Heck, I don't even use the ProPedal on my DHX Air.... I keep it wide open, with a fairly quick rebound, and I get almost nil bounce on my Nomad.
    The suspension does stiffen when I really mash the pedals, but that only helps when I'm really grinding on a tough climb.

    Another good example is my wife's GF FatPossum.... It does have the typical single-pivot gremlins, but with the right shock/fork, she can happily scoot along without noticing the 6" of travel that bike has, until she needs it.
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    Hmm, well, being open minded I think I should test ride a few 6" rigs to get a feel really, thanks for the push!

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    Just as a suggestion....

    Make sure, if you test out a Nomad or Reign, that you ask for the shock to be set up right.....

    The SantaCruz VPP & Giant Maestro suspension is downright sluggish if not set for your weight. I'm not really familiar with Iron Horse's DW linkage, so I can't say if it's more forgiving.

    Anyways, here's my suggestion for 5-6" bikes to try out:

    Santa Cruz: Nomad
    Intense: 6.6
    Gary Fisher: Fat PossumXO/XT
    Rocky Mountain: Slayer
    Turner: RFX or FiveSpot
    Giant: Reign
    Iron Horse: MkIII Expert
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    If you're more into a heavy XC / light AM set up (the Trance is decidedly more XC), you may wish to consider adding the GF Cake 2DLX to your test rides. It's a 5", single pivot bike that is fairly light and quick but handles itself quite well when things get more into the AM spectrum. Fisher calls it a "trail bike" and I think that really describes it well.

    From my experience, the Cake climbs like a mtn goat, handles single track well (though you may or may not like the higher BB) and does quite well when you point the nose down. It's not a DH or FR bike by any sense of the imagination and it won't win many XC races, but it has treated me well.
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    Mike's right....

    The Cake is a really decent bike.....
    My wife had an '04 Cake2GS, and it served her very well in our trail adventures....
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