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    Bike advice (thread # eleventy billion)

    I started out mountain biking and did it for years. Had a bad wreck and started racing TT (Cervelo P2C) on the road. I still do that but miss riding trails so I picked up my Trek Liquid (only thing original is the frame and the rear shock) and discovered that I no longer enjoy riding it. Its too small, bobs, brake jacks and the chain slap is prodigious. I could over look the faults if the thing fit me, which it no longer does. When I bought it in '03, it was the right size. Now, not so much. Since Ive been out of the MTB world for a couple of years, I am pretty impressed at what has developed and at the same time, completely overwhelmed by the choices.

    What I am looking for is something that will fit my tall, skinny frame so an XL (21" is a must). I went on Competitive Cyclists site and got some suggestions as to what I should be looking for, sizing wise:
    Stand over: 33.4- 34.1 (inseam is 35.5")
    Top tube: 25.4- 25.8 (Im 6' 4" with long arms)

    I live in Virginia and ride around here and West Virginia. My sister just bought a place in Colorado so I plan on taking some trips out there to ride as well. Va/ WVa riding is muddy, rooty, rocky and can be pretty technical so I am thinking that something in the 5.5" rear travel range would be perfect. Im not going to be doing regular drops or jumps but do enjoy a good downhill section and a good climb to the top. I will however take a skills class at a resort to get back to where I once was though with bike handling and positioning (but not freeriding). With that being said, Im not looking to get another Trek or a Specialized. Had them both and they are/ were great but now I am wanting to support a smaller brand. 26 or 29, it doesnt really matter (the Tallboy looks pretty good). Available as a kit or as a frame, doesnt really matter as I can build up a bike.

    So, help? Thanks

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    If Ventana doesn't have stock sizes that will fit, a small semi-custom charge will get you exactly what you want. Being a smaller brand, you'll even be able to talk with the owner.

    El Ciclón | Ventana Mountain Bikes USA

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    Thanks for the reply. I had completely forgotten about Ventana. Any other suggestions? Weight is relatively important as well.

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    you could look at Banshee Spitfire. Seems close to what you are looking for. They are a pretty small, but great company with excellent service and warranty

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