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    29er vs. 26--Tallboy/Yeti ASR/Kona Satori/Rocky Mtn Altitude 50--Help!

    Looking for advice here (I know I am not the first)....

    I live in SW Montana and currently ride an older Kona and I am looking to buy something newer (a demo/slightly used bike) and I have been looking at something in the Trail/XC and maybe the All Mountain Categories. My budget is a little below $2K thus I am looking at bikes from 2011-2013 (2013 on a demo closeout, etc).

    I ride mostly trail in town with good climbs, so I would want something that climbs well...I don't plan on doing big lift assisted downhill with the bike but who knows...I just want a versatile bike that climbs well and is a good bike for this area of Montana.

    That being said, I have not ridden a 29er but the hype is out there especially at the local shops here. Should I go with a 29er or would a 26 be better for the type of riding? I am 6' tall so I assume a Large frame will work for me....

    A few bikes I have been looking at thus far (open to suggestions) include:

    Yeti ASR
    Rocky Mountain Altitude 50
    Kona Satori
    Santa Cruz Tallboy and Blur (and Bronson)
    Pivot is sweet but too $$$ for my budget
    I have also considered a Fuel EX8/9 or Specialized FSR

    Any help would be appreciated! Just trying to make a good choice!


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    also if anyone knows about good deals on the above mentioned bikes and others I would be interested!


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    I just finished building 26 Ibis. I prefer the feel of a more responsive, quick handling bike. You will hear so many opinions on wheel size. Try to demo the bikes if you can.

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    For 2k you're not going to get the bikes you're looking at, at least new. Your best bets are either to use Craig's List, perhaps in the Boise area, or look at something you can get an end of year discount on, which would be good since they're going on now.

    If you go the new / discount route, consider -

    Specialized Bicycle Components


    Anthem X 29er 1 (2014) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | United States

    They are somewhat heavier than the best available, but both are excellent aluminum frame bikes that can take a lot of abuse and not limit your advancment as a rider.
    Santa Cruz TBc
    Pivot 429c

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