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    130mm 29er vs. 140mm 27.5

    Hello! It seems as if I have caught the enduro racing bug. As I get better and better, I'm starting to feel like my good ol' 2002 Rocky Mountain Hammer, a steel 100mm hardtail with 26er wheels, is holding me back. At this point I think I'm going to go for the Vitus Sentier SLX 1x11 because I absolutely love hardtails and my budget isn't very big. However, should I for the 29er model with a 130mm fork, a 27.5 model with a 140mm fork, or just a whole different bike? I race on loose, steep terrain that is usually dry but can turn to slop in the blink of an eye.

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    Cavermatthew

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    As amateurish enduro racer who has raced on and owns both 29 and 27.5 I think 29 is a better route. But do you only have to choose between 130 on the 29 and 140 on 27.5. You can get by on 130 but 140 was where I would start personally.
    Currently I have a Carbine 29 it has 140/125 rear travel and a Pike upfront that can do 150/130. It's a dream.
    My 27.5 has a 160 air spring in it right now. It came stock with 140. I liked the extra assurance of that 160 travel when hitting big features. But the 140 served me just fine.

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    For any racing application I believe 29ers are faster, at least for mere mortals like most of us.

    That said, the Vitus Sentier in 27.5 will already be much more capable in comparison to your current bike. Not only because of the wheelsize, but mostly due to the modern geometry. UK mags give it excellent reviews as a trail hardtail. I can somewhat confirm since I own a very similar hardtail from another UK brand and an "old school" 26" ht. The longer, bigger wheeled bike needs less work to go fast and offers more control when you get there. Overall this results to less fatigue. It's still a ht though and you definitely get beaten up on longer rides.

    I have not read a review of the 29" version, but the front looks way too high for my own tastes. In theory, the bigger wheels should help keep speed everywhere though. They will probably smooth out the rear a bit too which is good on a hardtail.

    Not much of a help, I know, but honestly any of the two will be a significant improvement over a 2002 ht.

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