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    29er Full Suspension for Clydes

    Greetings my big boned brothers. I am looking to purchase a 29er full suspension and was wondering what you've found and like. I run about 260 lb. (270-275 Thanksgiving thru Christmas) ride a hard tail 29er and FS 26er but looking to combine the best of both worlds. Been interested in the Rip 9, also looking at the Jet 9 but read some reviews that the rear triangle of the Jet has some flex with a "normal" sized rider. Yeti is coming out with a sweet looking FS 29er, the SB95, but first year production bikes have me a bit weary. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    I have a pivot 429, I bought it when I weighed over 320 and now I am 260ish it has held up wonderfully. It is flex free and has been an awesome bike.

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    Look for some of the more stout built 29er duallies

    -Niner WFO
    -Ventana El Capitan
    -Lenz Sport Behemoth

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    Awesome job on the weight drop!

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    Adim- I just got the same frame as well I'm about the same weight as you when you started so I'm looking forward to see how the 429 performs. if you don't mind me asking what is the build on your 429

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    I'm 6'4" and started at 260lbs when I got my XXL Tallboy this spring. Now I'm down to 225 lbs. ( I also got a road bike). I also tried the Rip9 and the Pivot 429 and I think I would have been just as happy with the 429 as I am with my Tallboy.

    I can't wait to try the Ibis Ripley next summer. I think the DW linkage will give a suspension ride similar to the 429 but with the feel/weight of the Tallboy frame.

    Unforunately, all of these bikes are rather spendy.

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    Aquaboy, My bike was a 2009 that I scored for a ridiculous deal new. It came with Xt shifters, derailleurs, brakes, and slx cranksin 2x9 setup. I am using a 2011 Fox talas fork 120-95. I am now using easton ec90xc wheels, but i started with sun ringle mtx33 wheels. I am still on 9sp stuff. I am really contemplating a 2012 xt 10sp upgrade.

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    Norco Shinobi would be another great option.

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    -Lenz Sport Behemoth
    Started by going to Lenz to scout the Behemoth....

    Started thinking about gears, and all the extra cables...

    Started searching for the X to close the window....

    ....... then I saw the Milkmoney.

    Bike lust turned up to 11.

    Thanks for that.

    ... jerk.
    My EBB so loud
    I'm mashing...

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    I have a speshy SJ FSR 29'er with the brain and love it. I started over 300lbs and couldn't set the sag correctly. When I dropped to ~ 250 or so the front suspension was hard to get set up right. When I dropped to 210lbs it was/is perfect!

    I ride XC, moderately technical single track and fire roads for access. Any drops I do are small and just a part of the trail. So I'm not too hard on my bike as long as I keep the rubber side down.

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    265 withhout gear specialized stumpy 29er is great for me

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    250 lbs rtr and 6' 5" here. I went spendy and got a 2011 XXL Sultan. I demoed LOTS of 29r bikes before I dropped pretty serious coin on this, but for me and many others, the Turner Sultan is the bomb. I would suggest you demo every bike you can. Most good shops will apply the demo fees to the purchase price of a new bike / frame. Have them help you set it up before your ride. Ride everything before you spend your coinage to get what you like the best. OR... Outerbike is coming to Moab in a few weeks. If you can get there, you can ride just about every 29r on the market for one fee for the whole week / weekend.

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    270 to 285 lbs, I ride a Trek HiFi Pro, love it.....

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    Hey spclays1, with the HiFi you don't have trouble getting the sag right? I have the HiFi Deluxe and am around 325 and I've had non-stop trouble getting my sag right, even at 300psi. My ideal weight is around where you are. I've tried installing an air volume reducer to my RP2, which isn't really helping. Might send it to Fox to have them firm up the valving. Kind of frustrated though wishing I'd bought a different 29er now after riding it for a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72 View Post
    -Ventana El Capitan
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    Here's mine.
    I'm 6f6 and maybe around 200lbs...
    awesome bike, and really nice communication with Sherwood if you need to ask for beefier down tube for example...
    DirtySixer36er, Ventana ElCapitan, Soma Smoothie 66cm, Trek T100, ChoiceCollective36er.
    DirtySixer
    36er

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    255, 6'-5"

    Bought an XXL Carbon Tallboy. No regrets (maybe price).

    Sweet bike!

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    245 pounds here and love my Anthem X29. Handles tight, technical singletrack with no noticeable flex. Thant being said, I am spending more time on my new 9:zero:7.

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    I picked up a 2011 leftover Spec Camber Elite 29 for an excellent price 2 weeks ago and it hasn't disappointed me yet, I'm at 255ish so add 15lbs for gear and a full camelbak

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    This is what I built. Went with Large rotors 203 in the front 185 in the back. I wanted a 2X10 but the 22/36 was not out yet so I went with a 3X10 and took the ouside ring off. Now it is 20X33. 11-36 in the rear. Flow rims. Fox 29 TALAS 120 Terralogic. is should be done this week. Tubeless setup with Stans.
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    I road a Tallboy for a few months at 270ish.
    It was awesome!

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    I went motobecane (2nd one). Im 275 and it holds up great. The wheels are the low point on the bike in terms of quality, but the frame is medium weight and feels nice and stiff. This is what I went with...cant beat it for the price.

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    255lbs 6'5', 2012 Anthem X29er 1. LOVE it!

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    The Intense Tracer or Lenzsport are the burliest. Use the tapered headset and Stans Flow rims on DT 440 hubs, bulletproof.

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    6'2" and 278 in my B-day suit. Have a Niner Jet 9 in the value X7 build and love it! Not Sure what flex you speak of, becasue I sure don't feel any.

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    You want a burley 29er?

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    Most of the tubeset on this is the same as the Banshee Legend DH bike.

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