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    Reign is complete bike only, no frames. Have to part it out. The Reign X can be frame only and is a bit more freeride (slacker / heavier).

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    Jack'sDad,
    I can get a great deal on an 09 Reign 1 and part it out. If I were to do that, I would be way under my budget and can get a new fork as well.
    Thanks for the heads up though.
    Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by rugbyred
    Jack'sDad,
    I can get a great deal on an 09 Reign 1 and part it out. If I were to do that, I would be way under my budget and can get a new fork as well.
    Thanks for the heads up though.
    Eric
    yeah, I agree. I think that the 09 Reign with its slacker head angle may be near perfect with a 160 travel fork. In stock trim with a 140 mm travel fork it has a 68 degree head angle and a low-ish bb hight, so with the longer fork it should be 66.5 head angle. I owned the 08 version and it had a standard 69 head angle and running a 160 travel fork made the handling feel very neutral. I had the "0" model which, when I sold the frame, left me with a great fork, wheelset, brakes and gears. Now I have a BLT2 built up and a Nomad on its way.

    Re Nomads, Im not sure that the latest version and the old version are going to be of the same ilk. As I understand it the old Nomads had a longer chain-stay length and shorter top tube both of which when combined with the slack head angle allowed good descending and ascending abilities (for a long travel bike). The new ones have gone shorter on the chain-stays and longer on the top tube.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daf0xDbZP8c

    Lapierre Spicy 316 may also fit the bill.

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    All great suggestions and great bikes.

    My suggestions would be an Ellsworth moment if you want the plush, fully active in all situations advatage of a true 4 bar.

    Nomad if you like the slight chain tensioning drive of vpp

    Orange alpine 160 for single pivot simplicity.

    If you want a real bargain. look at the specialzed pitch.

    Incidently Nomads have a steeper head angle this year as well as shorter stays and a longer top tube. more "all mountain" than previously.

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    My Nomad was built as a trail bike but.....

    I race my nomad for XC and doing a 6 hour this weekend. Also do DH shutle runs and have alot of fun. My rig is about 33lb with Lyriks Coil uturn is VERY versatile!

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