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  1. #1
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    Idea! Ideal bike for XC racing in Southern Ontario (eg: Albion)

    Looking to add a second bike to my stable.
    I already have a 26" full suspension.

    Wondering what the opinions are like on here.

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    29er HT. Carbon if you aren't clumsy and prone to crashing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    29er HT. Carbon if you aren't clumsy and prone to crashing.
    meh, even if you are clumsy and prone to crashing - carbon. it's gone a long way.

    for you youngster - HT 29er makes sense. for me - it is FS 29.

    however, either one - providing you can afford some good stuff, will fit the bill.
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    Carbon cyclocross bike with disc brakes.

    What? I'm totally serious!

    Ok, fine. Titanium 29er hardtail.

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    Definitely a hardtail 29er. That's the obvious answer.

    But if you want to try something a little different and challenge yourself a little, a 29er singlespeed. Why? Affordability (a key concern when buying a second bike), simplicity (sometimes its hard enough to keep 1 bike maintained, let alone 2) and the fact that it will make you a better rider on your primary ride - you'll have to find the right lines, use your momentum, and when you get back on your geared bike, you will be faster and fitter.

    That said, a cyclocross bike is not a bad idea either. Why? You can race cx on it (try a new discipline and maintain your fitness towards the end of the season), you can go explore gravel roads up north, you can slap road tires on it and have a road bike, you can commute on it and if you ever decide to race the Paris to Ancaster, you will be set...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Definitely a hardtail 29er. That's the obvious answer.

    But if you want to try something a little different and challenge yourself a little, a 29er singlespeed. Why? Affordability (a key concern when buying a second bike), simplicity (sometimes its hard enough to keep 1 bike maintained, let alone 2) and the fact that it will make you a better rider on your primary ride - you'll have to find the right lines, use your momentum, and when you get back on your geared bike, you will be faster and fitter.
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    Though I hear 29ers are now passÚ. It seems 650b is where it's at.
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    i got 50 bentleys in the west indies

    Granted, the Don is not Albion, but (yeah here we go invoking strava) myself and a couple of others have gone back and forth with some of the faster times this season on many of the trails in there. Bikes of choice: 26ht, 27.5ht, and 29ht. I also set some of my faster times last year on 26 then 27.5fs.

    So really, it doesn't matter. I happen to know what your 26 FS is and I assure you it is not a limiting factor. Zandstra and co. looked mighty fast lapping me on 26FS bikes at Albion in 2009 (edit: 2008, though he also lapped me in 09 at 22+) avging something like 24+km/h.

    That being said if you just want a new bike because new bikes are awesome wait for the 27.5 Anthem. That thing looks HAWT.

    Ideal bike for XC racing in Southern Ontario (eg: Albion)-giant-27-5-1.jpg
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    Oh, and for the Chromag types. There is a Samurai 650b prototype being tested.

    And Cove has a 650b in the works as well.
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    [QUOTE=veteran_youth;10425399I happen to know what your 26 FS is and I assure you it is not a limiting factor[/QUOTE]

    The limiting factor is definately the rider, no doubt about that

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    I ride a 26" FS but for the Epic 8 I took a Specialized 29" HT out for a lap. Very nice ride but the very first thing I thought was "I want a full suspension!" By the end of the lap I had no doubt that I'm sticking to a full suspension bike. But because I'm on the short side I'm going with the 650b FS.
    Also just today a couple of us were riding in Albion and my friend usually rides a 26" Ht but he had borrowed a 29" FS and he absolutely loved it.
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    I read a bit more carefully and I guess I answered the poll question (ideal bike for Albion) while glossing over the fact that this bike will probably be in addition to the FS bike. This being the case I would probably suggest a single-speed of some description, and while rigid 29er would be the obvious choice for XC oriented, something a bit more jumpy/playful might give you a bit more riding variety (especially if combined with a Joyride membership).

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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth View Post
    26ht
    Yes. An elegant weapon from a more... civilized age?

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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth View Post
    I read a bit more carefully and I guess I answered the poll question (ideal bike for Albion) while glossing over the fact that this bike will probably be in addition to the FS bike. This being the case I would probably suggest a single-speed of some description, and while rigid 29er would be the obvious choice for XC oriented, something a bit more jumpy/playful might give you a bit more riding variety (especially if combined with a Joyride membership).
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    My thinking these days is that a bit of time invested in improving skills will carry over to faster riding on an XC course/trail. I'm frequently wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk View Post
    +1
    My thinking these days is that a bit of time invested in improving skills will carry over to faster riding on an XC course/trail. I'm frequently wrong.
    You're probably not wrong this time.

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    back into racing eh?

    Im very happy with my Carbon 29er HT (Giant XTC). For racing in Ontario its definitely my tool of choice. For riding in Ontario, a 27.5 FS would be my choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth View Post

    That being said if you just want a new bike because new bikes are awesome wait for the 27.5 Anthem. That thing looks HAWT.

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    Trying so hard to get one of these ASAP.

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    FS is for men over 50 and women over 55. Get a SC Highball and leave the Suspended rears to those taking calcium supplements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggie View Post
    FS is for men over 50 and women over 55. Get a SC Highball and leave the Suspended rears to those taking calcium supplements.
    I'll give you my FS when you pry it from my cold, dead hands. Nice phrase, eh? I just thought of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk View Post
    +1
    My thinking these days is that a bit of time invested in improving skills will carry over to faster riding on an XC course/trail. I'm frequently wrong.
    Nope. That is a myth. As Mr Geoff Kabush demonstrates it is clearly the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    I'll give you my FS when you pry it from my cold, dead hands. Nice phrase, eh? I just thought of it.

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    I fully agree with you!! Only I am over 50 but don;t take supplements other than beer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth View Post
    This being the case I would probably suggest a single-speed of some description, and while rigid 29er would be the obvious choice for XC oriented, something a bit more jumpy/playful might give you a bit more riding variety (especially if combined with a Joyride membership).
    Speaking of playful. I recall Niner was supposed to be releasing their answer to the Honzo.
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    If you are planning to race, you want to go fast. 29ht is probably your best option for pure speed.

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    Dont forget fit

    If your 6 foot 6, a 9er in either FS or HT would be a good choice. if your 5'5' maybe lean towards a 650B,

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    In my short riding years (just started 2 years ago) I started with a 26ht and went to a 29er HT. The 29er fit like a glove for me. I didn't have enough time on the 26er to really notice a huge difference in staring speed. I did notice right away the 29er felt more planted, climbed better (more traction) and overall more forgiving with the right tire setup.

    I did try a demo rocky element 970 at 3 stage a few weeks ago and can honestly say for Ontario riding, a FS is not needed for me, Although my area is sooo rough I wish I had one for just a few trails. I like the extra control over the choppy stuff and I did notice it had even more traction climbing techy stuff. Im young enough to deal with a bit of tired back near the end of a race, so for now I will be keeping my 29er HT.

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