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    Quote Originally Posted by wallstreet View Post
    Someone I thought on here did the same comparison & ended up with the Flash
    A person I ride with on a regular basis has a Superfly HT and he was pissed when I bought the F29 from our local shop. Even though he purchased his bike last year he was looking to sell the Superfly in order to get the F29. he has come to the same conclusion over its handling quirks.
    I got my 2nd ride in yesterday. 11.5miles of fast tight & twisty singletrack. WOW!!. The F29 can hold its own through the corners and will fly everwhere else. My face hurt from smiling all day...

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    They should have an accessory for that!

    Yesterday I got a chance to briefly ride a 29er Specialized Stumpjumper FSR on a trail. Amazing how they handle the roots compared to my 26er. The Spec was comparibly equiped to my Fuel EX8 fox shocks, similar components etc except the wheel thing. I read somewhere some 29ers handle like a dump truck. Well this one handled more like a 3/4 ton truck. Not bad but the trails we were on my Fuel was quicker. More seat time was needed on this bike. It also may have been more bike than was needed on this trail. The rider did admit his old 26er handled the tight and twisty better. I can see it to still be a great bike on more open trails Riding a 29er for the first time felt like the first time I rode a 26er on trails I used to ride a BMX bike on. It felt tall and could roll over anything and the momentum. BTW the new Fox CTD had a good feel compared to my regular Fox fork and DCRV shock. The Spec had a very solid feel but felt really tall sitting.

    I called around and found a Trek dealer that has a Stache 8 on hand to look at. Funny talking to the guy on the phone he said a couple employees already bought a Stache (frame and fork) at the dealer show. But still have the handling of the F29 in my mind.
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    This thread is full of win. Thank for all the info guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC9.5 View Post
    A person I ride with on a regular basis has a Superfly HT and he was pissed when I bought the F29 from our local shop. Even though he purchased his bike last year he was looking to sell the Superfly in order to get the F29. he has come to the same conclusion over its handling quirks.
    I got my 2nd ride in yesterday. 11.5miles of fast tight & twisty singletrack. WOW!!. The F29 can hold its own through the corners and will fly everwhere else. My face hurt from smiling all day...
    BTW How are the tires working for you? Did you get them tubeless yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    BTW How are the tires working for you? Did you get them tubeless yet?
    I look fwd to the day I swap them out. While not terrible, there is better out there. They are so thin, going tubless may be an issue. I would love to experiment with them, but I hate messing with a tire full-o-Stans trailside...

    Earlier in this thread I mentioned looking for a challenge, thus going to a bike with minimal travel. So far I have found said challenge and loving it. All these years of blasting through rock gardens with 6 plus inches of travel now seems like cheating! The F29 will do it, but you must be on your game! The same old tired trails are new again. I cannot wait to get out there tomorrow morning!

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    Update:

    40+ miles on the F29 so far and I'm really liking it a lot. It feels like cheating!
    On yesterday's ride; The distant voice behind me says "I liked it better when you had your other bike"...

    Full Disclosure: That 'Distant Voice' was aboard a 2012 Trek Superfly 29r HT..

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    I did read your first post, is this the Alloy 2 or Carbon 2?

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    What was your old bike anyway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wallstreet View Post
    I did read your first post, is this the Alloy 2 or Carbon 2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    What was your old bike anyway?
    A heavy Mountain Cycle (or three...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC9.5 View Post
    So I got the bike home today and its in my garage on the stand awaiting its 1st ride tomorrow. This should be interesting as the ride will be a 6 mile NIGHT RACE held by my local shop. I rode the coarse yesterday and timed it on my 32lb Single Speed. I cannot wait to compare times. Wish me luck!

    Here it is in all its glory (reflectors/plastic pedals and all) after picking it up @ lunch time today. Just got done getting rid of the junk and tuning it up. Ready to go!

    Lovely bike! How did you race go?
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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    I didnt come in last... Shaved 5 minutes off my best lap!

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    Really nice bike, the Alloy is so lightweight with a greater feel of the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatdrewguy View Post
    I checked the specs and it seems the major differences are the (29-2) being a Shimano drivetrain and Formula brakes and (29-1) having Sram and Avid brakes. The (29-1) is a double 2x10 crank vs the Shimano triple. For me it would be worth going with the F29-1 for the double front for a bit less weight and definitely a lot less chain slap.
    I would strongly disagree with you on the chain slap. With the f 2 you get the XT shadow plus which has a clutch that you can turn on and off, I leave mine on and the sound is just as quite as the SRAM xo, I mean you can drop the back of the bike from 4 feet and the things stays really quite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    I am 5'9" with about a 30 in inseam....medium on the flash?
    I am 5 10 and have a medium and I still have about 6 inches of the seat post in the frame. Def a medium or even a small depending on how old you are, if your young you might still be growing, just remember smaller frame = smaller numbers on the scale.
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    Trevor: you really doing 4foot jumps? Sure it's not warranted for anything above 2foot or so

    He already bought the F2 w/clutch xt

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallstreet View Post
    Trevor: you really doing 4foot jumps? Sure it's not warranted for anything above 2foot or so

    He already bought the F2 w/clutch xt
    No, I have a dirt jumper for that. What I mean is if you pick the back of the bike up and drop it it stays pretty quite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tevor4 View Post
    I am 5 10 and have a medium and I still have about 6 inches of the seat post in the frame. Def a medium or even a small depending on how old you are, if your young you might still be growing, just remember smaller frame = smaller numbers on the scale.
    I'm 5'11" w/30 inseam, riding a Large frame. I thought I wanted a shorter stem, but after riding it for a while I think I will keep it the way it is.

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    Best for the guy to try I am 5'11" with a 31" inseam & prefer medium it's very subjective.. I found that I controlled it far better and a slightly lower weight ... You should try different bikes.

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    My shop didn't have a medium. I would have liked to compare. All my other (Non 29") bikes are mediums... Still, i'm happy with the LG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC9.5 View Post
    My shop didn't have a medium. I would have liked to compare. All my other (Non 29") bikes are mediums... Still, i'm happy with the LG.
    In MTBs it's not too bad. I too tried a Flash in Large & it felt fine the first times. It's actually not as vast a problem at all as Road bikes. As the wrong size can hurt the back and thus it is more important,

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    What a great thread. I've been thinking about either a F29 2 or a Superfly Elite, and there is a lot of great feedback on here about this. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcerion929rr View Post
    What a great thread. I've been thinking about either a F29 2 or a Superfly Elite, and there is a lot of great feedback on here about this. Thanks!
    Both great bikes but go for the F29 2 for sure. You will not be dissapointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallstreet View Post
    In MTBs it's not too bad. I too tried a Flash in Large & it felt fine the first times. It's actually not as vast a problem at all as Road bikes. As the wrong size can hurt the back and thus it is more important,
    by comparison, the Superfly I test rode was a LG and my back was busted within 2 miles. I had to jack the seat fwd to finish my ride. Not so with my LG F29. Not sure of the exact geo number difference between the two, but it is interesting that I have not had any back issues thus far. My seat is a bit FWD right now but not all the way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC9.5 View Post
    Both great bikes but go for the F29 2 for sure. You will not be dissapointed.
    Definitely leaning that way.

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