Ok, I've seen (and read) so many of these I never thought I would post one. Having said that, I'm truly torn and could use some input from others.
First about me. I've ridden mtn bikes for years but my last serious ride was a 26" FS bike. This bike was great for the very hilly and technical East Coast single track. I've since moved to Minnesota and have different trails. I sold the FS bike and purchased an Al 29er that I rode briefly before selling due to lack of use. Now a buddy has convinced me to give mtn biking another try. I will mainly ride road, but will hit the trails a couple times a month and will throw in a race or two a year.
During my very short time with the 29er, I liked the way it took the edge of the trail, but found the handling a little lacking and not as fun to ride as a 26.
Bikes I'm considering:
Sette Serum Pro Carbon (full XT) $1699
Giant XTC Composite 29er 0 used: $2500 new: $3200
Cannondale Flash Carbon 2 or 3 new: $3500 and $2800
The Sette seems like a great deal, but I'm a little concerned over comfort. The other two look great, but cost quite a bit more and I'm not sure they will be as fun to ride as the 26. Any thoughts or other options I should consider?
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