If you had $3000 to spend on a 29er...
What would you get?
I've been riding for a many years but, Im not much of a "gear-head" so I'm in the dark about changes/new bikes in the mtb world. All I know is that I want a 29er.
I mostly ride trails/singeltrack in VT and I don't know if it is worth buying a FS over a hardtail.
Anyway, I'm just looking for some bike recs. You guys know your bikes alot better than I ever will so let me know what YOU would get!
I would buy an Epic Comp 29er. Tried the 2011 model the other day. It had that "just right" feel to it.
Of course, next week my mind could change.
A few models to look at:
-The above mentioned Specialized Epic Comp
-Giant Anthem X 29er 2
-Niner Jet 9 X.7
I think the best bang for the buck right now might be a Scott Scale 29er.
I feel like I'm in kind of a similar position as you are - although I've started researching for the last month or so. There are a lot of factors to consider as everyone has slightly different needs, wants and desires when it comes to specs, brand, weight, suspension travel (or hard tail), etc. I would recommend thinking about what your wants and needs might be for this purchase and that might help to lead you in a certain direction as far as potential 29er bikes to consider.
For what it's worth I'm considering the Giant AnthemX 29er1 and a good friend is considering the Gary Fisher Rumblefish (also a 29er F/S). Good luck and enjoy the process. There seems to be quite a bit to learn!
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I think Im going to have to make a trip to the bike shop tomorrow and check out the:
Specialized Epic comp 29er
Specialized Camber pro 29er
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR comp 29er
Any thoughts on these guys?
Probably a niner jet 9 with x.9 2x10, i don't know if that is under 3000 but probably close? but it would be a superb ride.
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Depends on what your after. I own a 2011 Stumpy Comp 29er which is a fantastic bike...but is very much a All Mountain bike. 29" wheels and 5" of travel is a lot of bike if your just after a XC rig. On the other end, the Epic Comp 29er is very much about XC efficiency. Ride efficiency is favored over plush. The Camber Pro 29er fits right inbetween the two, a nice all around trail bike.
Originally Posted by bennett2136
If I had $3000 to spend on a 29er, I'd spend it on a 26er. But that's just me.
If I had $3000 to spend on a 26er, I'd smack myself then go buy a 29er
Originally Posted by dirt farmer
I have a $3000 26er and ride a 29er.
I like the stumpjumper. More travel, and I think you will see it is lighter than the camber even though it has more travel. The Camber I think has a heavier M4 frame vs the stumpy M5 frame. (Or that could be a bunch of crap from the bike shop guy I talked to).
Originally Posted by bennett2136
Epic has the brain shock, which is not my cup of tea.
As others have mentioned, the Anthem is pretty sweet.
I personally love hardtails (sold my FS's), so I'll say get something like a Giant XTC1, Scott Scale, Stumpjumper, Trek Paragon, Salsa El Mariachi (my current bike), Orbea Alma. Plenty of rocks and bumpy things where I ride and the big volume 29er tires with low pressure is a winner.
Then spend the rest of the money saved for accessories and races.