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    What travel bike for all Socal riding?

    I am just getting back into MTB after a long hiatus. I am coming from an old Klein Rascal hardtail with a rubber elastomer Manitou fork so anything will be better than what I have. I tried the bikes with the 29" wheels and never felt comfortable on them. With that said, I am looking at the 650B sized bikes and am wondering if a Santa Cruz Solo (125mm) or Santa Cruz Bronson (150mm) would be the better "all around" bike for SoCal. My riding will be everything SoCal offers (XC, trails, fire roads, singletrack, downhill, technical, etc). My favorite trails are Noble Canyon in San Diego but also ride Penasquitos Canyon often as it is close. I am older so I have no plans to fly off jumps or do 6' drop-offs, however I plan to ride aggressive. Lastly, I am no featherweight and am hovering right around 240lbs. Plans are to lose weight and my fighting weight will be around 200lbs. Let me know what you think...

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    Solo

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    Turner Burner. It'll stand up to the abuse of anything you throw at it.

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    Kona process!

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    Anything with 5" of travel.
    fee-fy-fo-fum...

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    What travel bike for all Socal riding?

    I'd say the Solo.

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    140mm; keep testing 29'ers, we all ride them now. Niner RIP9 works for me. If you must have a 26" bike the Ibis Mojo kicks ass.

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    Ibis Mojo HDR

    I have a Bronson and its ideal for Noble Canyon but from what you've described I'd consider an Ibis Mojo HDR set for 130mm travel and 650b wheels. I had a a Mojo and a Mojo HD before the Bronson and they pedaled better out of the saddle than the Bronson does. I love the Bronson but if I were riding fire roads and XC I'd prefer Ibis's DW Link platform over Santa Cruz's VPP.

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    Thanks to everyone for the recommendations!

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    The bronson will be better on Noble but totally not necessary either. I had the 120mm Tallboy and rode anything & everything with it. I'd go Solo for all day/everyday SD County riding. I just picked up the new Tallboy 2 myself.

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    Anything more than 5 inches is overkill, just ask my wife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    Anything more than 5 inches is overkill, just ask my wife.
    Nice!!

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    What travel bike for all Socal riding?

    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    Anything more than 5 inches is overkill, just ask my wife.
    I don't know - my wife gets full travel on my Demo when she rides it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Anything with 5" of travel.
    ^This

    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    Anything more than 5 inches is overkill, just ask my wife.
    OK, but I'm going to need a phone number

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    Personally I would say 140-160mm travel bike in a 275. San Diego has a lot of chunk if you look for it and that travel is really nice. The pedalling platforms have gotten so nice there is not a huge penalty going uphill. Yes, you can get uphill on a 29 HT faster, but is that why you ride? If you like Noble my guess is probably not.

    Specific recommendations would be;

    Ibis Mojo HDR (only 130 travel)
    Santa Cruz Bronson
    Intense Carbine
    Pivot Mach 6 (biased here because I have one on order)
    Turner Burner

    On the fork, go for the Rockshox Pike. In addition since you are starting from scratch I would HIGHLY recommend the Sram XO1/XX1 group. It is a game changer.

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    heads up, North of the Border is having a demo day on Aug 31st if you wanna demo a Burner.

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    Knolly Endorphin

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    Get 5+ bikes, one with 100mm, and the others with 120, 140, 160, and 200mm of travel. There's trails and events that suit all of them. Each different bike offers an unique riding experience.

    Just kidding

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