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    Jet 9 vs Spider vs Mach 429 vs what?

    Short travel alloy 29ers.

    Any thoughts on the above, or any other suggestions?

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    Jet 9 vs Spider vs Mach 429 vs what?

    Quote Originally Posted by ratherbeintobago View Post
    Short travel alloy 29ers.

    Any thoughts on the above, or any other suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by T.W.O. View Post
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    Not alloy, though :-P

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    Jet 9 vs Spider vs Mach 429 vs what?

    It's just as good if not better.

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    Aye, maybe, but it costs more and carbon and I don't have a good record.

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    May be a Trance 29er. Sorry you don't have good experience with carbon, I've never had any issue with one in any carbon parts I have, not just bikes, everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.W.O. View Post
    May be a Trance 29er. Sorry you don't have good experience with carbon, I've never had any issue with one in any carbon parts I have, not just bikes, everything.
    Thanks, but I was thinking something a little less mainstream than a Trance, and it'd be an Anthem anyway :-P

    When I say I've not got a good record with carbon, I've utterly destroyed one carbon road frame in a crash, and had another crack; given my lack of skill I don't trust it off road...

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    Rocky Mountain Element 930/950/970 and Instinct 950 are ALL sweet riding bikes that feel plush, with that almost endless travel.
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    Check out the GT Sensor 9r. That's what I bought after nearly buying a 429 or Sultan.

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    Jet 9 vs Spider vs Mach 429 vs what?

    I also like Santa Cruz tallboy, I also comes in alloy. If you like dw link then also check out turner.

    My first bike the Cannondale raven was a carbon frame I crashed on that bike many times and never had a problem. I didn't even worry about the fact that it was a carbon bike. All that said there's no amount of money would buy you comfort so buy what you feel confidence, you'd ride more and harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.W.O. View Post
    I also like Santa Cruz tallboy, I also comes in alloy. If you like dw link then also check out turner.
    If the Turner Czar came in alloy, it'd be on my list. I gather the Sultan has a reputation for being a bit, well, barge-like. I hear Santa Cruz bikes have shortish top-tubes - is that true?

    I'll have a look at that Rocky Mountain - thanks.

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    Jet 9 vs Spider vs Mach 429 vs what?

    Yes Santa Cruz is a bit more compact than other brands similar to some Cannondale models. Tallboy offer great geometry and ride handling everyone I know who has been on the original tallboy likes it, myself included.

    Speaking of less mainstream, you may want to check out the Zorro, same designer as bow-ti and silk-ti(original Ripley)http://www.castellanodesigns.com/Zorro.html


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