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    jzt
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    Cove Hustler flexy?

    Hi

    I'm thinking of buying a 2012 Cove Hustler off CRC.

    I'm a little worried about rear swingarm flex. The main pivot (near the BB) looks tiny, and the part where the chainstay clamps onto the main axle via pinchbolts looks a bit... underbuilt compared to other similar designs?

    Compare the Cove's pivot with a Kona Dawg which uses a relatively big bushing





    I was thinking of the Ventana El Ciclon, then they went and redesigned it with the swoopy tubes which was a total turn-off to me (i like my bikes simple!)



    What I liked about it was that it used 4 bearings in the main pivot instead of the usual 2, and was happy to discover that the Cove has a similar setup (4 bearings) I'm just not very confident of the main pivot design...

    Any Cove Hustler owners here care to chime in?? Thx!

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    have a 2009 hustler -orange-I'm 220 and have never noticed any flex.
    I have a Cane Creek double barrel and a pike both coil- it eats any thing in its path.
    It doesnt climb as well as my last bike a intense 5.5. but descends better. It seems to climb very technical terrain better than a smother trail. I'm in Colorado and have never
    run into anyone with a Cove, but every body wants to ask me about it- i love it. mike
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    I rode a Cove Hustler for a few years. I can't say I ever noticed any flex. It's a great bike, the suspension works really well and it feels tough. I loved mine. Got a new G-Spot now and love that too :-)
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    bit late to reply, but oh well.

    I've got a 2011 17.5" hustler and never noticed any flex. tracks as well as my stiffee.

    if you havn't already ordered one, do it.

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