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    Sortie 29-3 questions

    I find it difficult to get much information on Diamondback bikes. I have an opportunity to purchase a 2014 Sortie 29-3 for a very good price. Can anyone give me the weight of a large Sortie 29-3. I've seen the 1 & 2 well over 30 lbs. and the usual comments that could fit any 29" bike. Rolls over things, not as nimble in tight spots, etc. etc. I wish I could demo one but that is not going to be possible. My option is to keep riding my 26" Trance which is not the worst thing. Thanks for the help.

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    My 2013 Sortie 3 came in around 32lbs. I would think the 2014 would be very similar. The wheels and tires are pretty heavy. If you can afford to change out the stock wheelset I think that would make a huge difference. I remember seeing somewhere the 2013 sortie black was around 27lbs

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    Thanks

    Changing the wheelset and tires is a possibility but I would not want that expense immediately after buying a new bike. What are your impressions of the bikes performance? Best and worst features?

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    I was really surprised how much I liked the sortie. Before I rode it I was in the 26 is better for everything corner. I really like the knucklebox suspension. It is really good at soaking up the small bumps without blowing through its travel. The worst thing about it is as soon as I got it I wanted to switch out the handlebars/stem and wheels because the bars are narrow (685), the stem is long (90), and the wheels are heavy. It may be worth looking at the Sortie 2 with some planned upgrades. With all that said I actually really like the bike now that I made some changes.

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    I appreciate the input.

    I can pick the 29-3 for about $2550 (no tax either) so, for me, it is an excellent buy and I really like the (almost) all XT grouppo. The difference for me between the 2 and 3 is around $500 and for that money, I want to go with what the -3 offers. However, if money does become an issue, the -2 is a good backup. As for the knucklebox suspension, a couple of people have spoken very highly of them.

    Honestly, I'm like you were. I have a 26" Giant Trance I still am very happy with so going to a 29" bike is taking me out of my comfort zone. As much as I ride 29's, I don't find the difference that great but, hey, maybe it's time to go for something new.
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    The frame has been beefed up slightly for 2014 with the addition of the seat stay bridge so I would imagine it would have gained a bit of weight over the 2013. I have the 2014 Sortie 1 and it is a lot of things, but light ain't one of them! I plan on dropping some weight with a new tubeless wheel set in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDocTx View Post
    The frame has been beefed up slightly for 2014 with the addition of the seat stay bridge so I would imagine it would have gained a bit of weight over the 2013. I have the 2014 Sortie 1 and it is a lot of things, but light ain't one of them! I plan on dropping some weight with a new tubeless wheel set in the near future.
    The 2013 models also had a seat stay bridge. The 2014 is suppose to have a stronger bridge to increase rear end stiffness. I think they accomplished that by changing the design not necessarily adding more material so it shouldn't be much of a weight difference if any.

    In response to Rev Bubba once I switched I now don't feel like I could ever go back to 26 for a trail bike.

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    Sounds like a nice east coast bike

    No multi mile climbs were I ride in north Jersey so the extra few pounds should not be a major issue. My 26" Trance weighs 29.5 lbs including pedals. I can learn to live with an extra 3 lbs until I invest in a lighter wheel set. As I've said, my cost for a Diamondback is so attractive that it is hard for me to go with another brand when the Sortie seems to be a perfectly good ride.

    For me it gets down to spending another $3k to save 3 lbs. That I can not justify.

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    Did you end up ordering one?

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