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    Bike choice: Trek Elite 8.6 or cube Attention SL?

    Hello everyone,

    This is my first post on this forum! I'm a 'medium beginner', so bear with me

    My first MTB just got stolen, and am looking to replace it(I had a no name 26" hardtail with an entry level SR suntour fork).

    I've been looking or a few weeks, and found a couple of interesting choices, and would like your input:

    First one : 2015 Cube Attention SL 650b bike. main specs:

    • fork Rock Shox XC 32 TK Solo Air, PopLoc, 100mm
    • rear derailleur Shimano XT, RD-M781-DSGSL, Shadow 10-Speed, direct mount
    • front derailleur Shimano Deore FD-M611 Downswing, 31,8mm
    • shifters Shimano Deore SL-M610, Rapidfire-Plus
    • brake system Shimano BR-M355, Hydr. Disc Brake (160/160)

    Second choice: 2014 Trek Elite 8.6 26" bike. Main specs
    • Fork:RockShoxRebaRLw/SoloAir,remotelockout,100mmtravel
    • FrontDerailleur:ShimanoDeore
    • RearDerailleur:ShimanoXTShadow
    • NumberofGears:30
    • Shifters:ShimanoSLX
    • FrontBrake:AvidElixir3hydraulicdisc
    • RearBrake:AvidElixir3hydraulicdisc


    I can get the first for around 800 euros, and the second for 900 euros. (instead of 1300 it seems)

    The problem is, I can try neither: the shops don't have them yet/ any more for my size.... I could be able to try the Cube one, but not for another 2 weeks

    So my question is : is the elite 8.6 worth it? It seems obvious it's better with its Reba (right?), but for someone who does only medium/low difficulty trails, is it worth paying more?

    Another thing: I know it's a long shot, but does anyone have the elite 8.6 (size 18.5) and is about 170cm 5'6" tall? I can't try it, so if I can at least get some feedback, it would be great! (I do know it's very subjective )


    Oh, and I'm not really concerned about the wheel size difference I've been riding a 26" for a while, and I tried a friend's 650b for a few minutes: couldn't really see the difference.

    Thanks in advance for your input!

    Jac
    Last edited by _jac_; 08-30-2014 at 02:42 PM.

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    I would feel it unlikely an 18.5 would be small enough for you. You could look at a Trek dealer for a similar bike to test ride for sizing.

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    You're probably right, given what I just found on trek's website (Trek FAQ :: What size of bike do I need?)

    When I gave the technician my height, he did say my size is available. Maybe I misheard?
    Anyway, I'll follow your advice, and try some trek bikes for sizing.

    Thanks!

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    Well, 18.5 was indeed too big.

    Still, the dilemma isn't resolved yet! I've found another interesting deal: a Cube acid 29" 2014 for 785€. It's cheaper, and has rockshox Recon silver.

    If it were a 650b, I wouldn't hesitate, but it's a 29er, and I'm not sure it's manoeuvrable for my size...

    Anyway, I'll try it tomorrow. Opinions appreciated!

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    I am about 5'7'' and I ride a 17.5 Superfly 7. Its a 29er but I love the bike, I tried the 18.5 in it and it just felt way too big for me. Its amazing what the inch difference can make. Right now im trying to sell the superfly though so i can get me a fuel ex in either 650b or 29er.

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    An inch does matter, I guess it wasn't my lucky day. Anyway, The fuel ex seems very nice! (I'll get something like that one of these days, I'ts just too pricey/ 'high end' for me right now)

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