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    Need frame recommend for my 280# brother....

    We have been riding for about 9 months, he bought a Diamondback Response Sport last spring and has replaced/upgraded everything around the frame, now he's decided he wants to buy a nicer frame, full suspension, and move his parts over to the new bike.
    He has an all new set of nice 26" Mavic rims, Elixir 5 brakes, Tora 318 front, Stylo gxp 1.1 with all new X7 1x10 gear, thompson post and WTB seat.....all on a $350 Diamondback

    He was looking to try and keep his frame buget around $1,500 max and honestly we only need about 4" max suspension on the Dallas area trails we ride, mostly singletrack with some climbs and mild descents, no hucking.
    He is about 280-290# and 5'-11" with a short inseam and long torso.

    Suggestions on a frame set?
    Hardrock 29er, Niner EMD9, Cannondale F29, Camber Expert, 650b Nickel all gone.
    2014 Giant Anthem 27.5 here.

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    You'll want a low leverage ratio rear shock (as close to 2:1 as possible). To get a little burlier, you might go 5" (and extend that Tora 318 to 130mm). The Santa Cruz Nickel looks pretty nice with a pretty low leverage ratio.

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    Agreed, one of the bikes he is shopping is the nickel.
    Hardrock 29er, Niner EMD9, Cannondale F29, Camber Expert, 650b Nickel all gone.
    2014 Giant Anthem 27.5 here.

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