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    If you could only have 2 bikes...

    I've got a Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er and will be receiving a Santa Cruz Hightower LT in a couple weeks. I'm wondering if there is a recommended 2 bike combo that would be better than what I will have...for instance: Will i want to take the LT out on almost any XC/Trail ride and just have an Adventure bike instead of the Rockhopper?

    What kinds of combos do you guys use and why?

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    The Hightower could be your quiver killer, but it all depends on you, your trails, and how you ride.

    I could see having both, and finding times to ride each of them, but how I feel about your bikes is irrelevant. After the newness of the Hightower wears off, you'll see if you still ride the Rockhopper. In 6 months to a year, you'll have your answer.

    As far as my MTB's go, I have a couple of 29" FS bikes, and a 29 plus hardtail (and a couple of vintage hardtails). I normally reach for the plus hardtail for the trails I ride. YMMV. Ride your own ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffj View Post
    The Hightower could be your quiver killer, but it all depends on you, your trails, and how you ride.

    I could see having both, and finding times to ride each of them, but how I feel about your bikes is irrelevant. After the newness of the Hightower wears off, you'll see if you still ride the Rockhopper. In 6 months to a year, you'll have your answer.

    As far as my MTB's go, I have a couple of 29" FS bikes, and a 29 plus hardtail (and a couple of vintage hardtails). I normally reach for the plus hardtail for the trails I ride. YMMV. Ride your own ride.
    Yea, I hear what you are saying. My guess is that when the mountains are dry and rideable in Montana I will ride them, but use the hardtail for the shoulder season rides where I have to use forest service roads and asphalt.

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    Carbon 120ish mm trail 29er of your choice.

    Carbon 100mm hardtail 29er for street training and singletrack hammerfests

    How about an extra wheelset so I can make either Plus tire and/or a singlespeed rear wheel as well.


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    For me: Just a couple of suspension fatbikes on which I switch out tires for different seasons/riding conditions.

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    I doubt I would ride a HT if I had a decent mid travel plus or fat FS MTB. Would probably get more use out of a roadie as a second ride.

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    If it's me I would probably ditch the Rockhopper and go for more of a gravel grinder type bike, or at the least do some converting on the Rockhopper.


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    I wish I could afford two bikes. First world problems!

    I maintain one nice hardtail on my budget. it has its limits in the gnar and it's a bit of a drag on the road, but it can do both.
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    I shudder at such a thought…

    but, if I was going to be riding forest roads and asphalt, I'd go with a gravel or CX. If not doing much of that, I'd stick with a hardtail to cover that and as a back up/change of pace for the trails.
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    A super light SS hardtail and then FS hightower.
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    Rigid and full squish gives you the full range.
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    For me, I've come to the conclusion that my 2 bike stable is a steel, rigid PLUS bike and a short travel FS 29er.

    I came to this conclusion because I don't like a HT that has a nice sus fork on it cashing cheques and then the rear is like WTF and you get yourself in trouble, also don't like having the head angle steepen up by up to 5 degrees with a 140mm fork on a HT. Right now my stable has in one of everything, rigid, HT, short travel FS 29er, mid travel FS 29er, but if I could only have 2, definitely would be the rigid and short travel FS.

    Also, having them be so completely different makes it much easier to pick one depending on the trails I'm going to ride, if I'm riding solo or with a group, the skill level of the group, what I want/feel for the ride and also depending on how my body is currently feeling.

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    An orange one and a black one.

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    FS trail bike, CX/Grave bike, and a rigid 29er which is back up for either, or sometimes is nice just to ride something different.

    You can find some deals on CX bikes on CL.
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    FS trail bike and a gravel grinder/adventure bike. I have lots of tame trails within riding distance from my house, and the gravel bike spices up trails that aren't worth the hassel of driving the FS trail bike to.

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    A fatbike and a 140mm 27.5 trail bike. The fatbike can be converted to an xc 29er (and also B+ and 29+) with a quick swap of wheels.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    FS trail bike, CX/Grave bike, and a rigid 29er which is back up for either, or sometimes is nice just to ride something different.

    You can find some deals on CX bikes on CL.
    I think this exact setup is what I want. I'd like to get a Specialized Diverge and fill out my lineup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6foot4 View Post
    I think this exact setup is what I want. I'd like to get a Specialized Diverge and fill out my lineup.
    Here they are 👍👍
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    I have 4 must haves for Michigan. 130mm fs for fun and some races, HT for races, fat bike for laughs and winter, and gravel bike for everything else. If only 2 I'd have to keep the fs and gravel bike. But I believe in the n+1 theory so that's not going to happen.


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    I think in the end I'd like to add a Gravel Bike to the collection and probably call it good from there. 3 bikes isn't ridiculous.

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    A mountain (HT) and gravel bike, which happen to be the only 2 bikes that I currently own.

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    2 bikes huh. first one would have to be the a 160 fs bike and then probably a gravel/cx bike.

    but I would be sort of cheating with the FS bike because I can use the same frame for 27.5x2.5 with 165 travel, 27.5x2.8 and 29x2.3 with 130-140 travel with just the changing of shock (shorter stroke), fork and wheel set.

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