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    Do all XC hardtails climb the same?

    I'm in the market for another bike. I have a full suspension bike that is gonna be sold very soon. On the trails that i ride it doesn't do very well, it sucks at climbing and is a little small for me. I realize now that i never should have bought it but it was a good deal. I want to go back to a hardtail and need something that's strong and climbs very well. So do all hardtails climb the same or is there something I should look for? Like a certain geometry (head angles, chainstay lengths, etc.) I prefer to push big gears and mash up hills so i need something pretty rigid and can handle lots of power. My price range is about $800 give or take a few bucks. Any recommendations?

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    of course they don't all climb the same. Do all left shoes fit the same?

    If you like to push big gears, you might be happier with a slightly slacker seat angle. If you like to stand, you might be happier with a longer reach and shorter chain stays, seated, longer stays are going to be much more manageable. If you want stiff, look for large diameter tubes. It's all a package though, so you can't pick out one number and know everything about a frame because of that.

    Riding a too-small frame sucks.
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    scottzg nailed it , there are so many variables that you just have to ride as many as you can until you figure out what you like.

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