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    2011 Paragon

    Rode this bike today, would love to hear others feedback on it.

    I also took out the X-Cal, liked that a lot too, but something about the Paragon I really liked a lot.

    Would love any feedback/suggestions anyone has on it. Considering purchasing it this weekend.

    Thanks!

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    I've had one for about 10 months. Changed the saddle and grips because I have a personal preference on those items, otherwise it's stock. It's been solid, I really like it. I'd buy it again if I had it to do over again. Wheels set up tubeless easy.

    If you have particular questions, ask away.
    I'm looking forward to regretting this.......

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    Thanks Johnny!

    What saddle did you change to?

    Bars? They seem swept back too much, did you just get used to them?

    Any particular terrain it isn't great for?

    Thanks for the reply!

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    i love mine. i test rode the xcal and the paragon. i initally went in with the xcal as my choice but a test ride changed my mind. the paragon felt more solid and has better components

    i swapped out the grips, handlebar, and seat post to some lighter stuff. i plan on swapping out the seat and i have a set of wheels being built right now.

    as far as the rest of the components im very happy with what is on there.

    i would spend the extra $$ on a paragon all over again to step up from the xcal but you will be happy with either bike
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    Thanks!

    The components you replaced... What did you upgrade to?

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    easton ec70 xc wide bar
    odi troy lee grips
    thompson masterpiece seatpost

    the wheels will be crest rims, king hubs, and dt spokes
    still looking for a light saddle that isnt too painful to sit on for a few hours
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    Quote Originally Posted by five5 View Post
    Thanks Johnny!

    What saddle did you change to?

    Bars? They seem swept back too much, did you just get used to them?

    Any particular terrain it isn't great for?

    Thanks for the reply!
    My butt really likes WTB pure v saddles. Too be honest I didn't even so much as sit on the stock one. It could be fine. Butts vary too, so I doubt a Pure V would work for everyone. But it is like gold to me.

    There must be something wrong with me, because I really like the bars. But it seems that most folks with Paragons or Xcals have changed them. Try them and see.

    Terrain? Well, heading down Porcupine rim where the ledgy jeep road is it would have been nice to have full suspension. I thought UPS and LPS were fine though. I'm a wheels on the ground kind of guy, so I'd say it's been great where ever I've taken it, from Bootleg canyon (NOT the downhill specific trails though) to Moab to Sun Valley.
    I'm looking forward to regretting this.......

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    Well, I picked one up today... took it out for a ride immediately!!

    Felt good, different from my 26 obviously, but good different.

    Amazingly fast downhill, but seemed like I wasn't shifting efficiently on the rolling hills, I would get about 3/4 up the next hill, and come to damn near a complete stop.. just probably gotta get used to the way it rolls.

    Overall, I love the change, rides, shifts, brakes like a dream.. one thing that I really liked was how I was able to hold a line around a corner. This one corner always throws me to the outside of the trail everytime on my 26, but tonight, I was on a rail... it was very nice.

    Mine didn't come with Bontrager tires, but I definitely like the tires.

    Width of the bars was strange, but I really like it actually... the sweep was wierd for me though, I'm not sure I'll like that... going to keep riding as is for a while to see if I can get used to it.

    Seat needs to go, not bad, but I can do better I think.

    Grips gotta go also... did not like them at all.

    Otherwise, man, it's very light compared to my other bikes, and effortlessly got off the ground on some of the jumps on the trail... still stayed steady on the ground when I needed it to.

    I was pretty nervous about taking the plunge, not only 29, but price wise.. I know $1700 is a drop in the bucket for many serious MTBers, but this is about as top end as I get... I think it's well worth the price tag (On sale obviously)... X-Cal was $1500, and I got the Paragon for $200 more... what the heck, right??

    Thanks for all the help in making my decision...
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    Congrats! Wow, only 200 more than the Xcal---no brainer for sure!

    Enjoy! ..and post up pictures if you get a chance.
    I'm looking forward to regretting this.......

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    I would have shed a tear to hear you had gone x-cal for just 200 difference, good choice sir!!!

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    Heading out this morning... will try to take some pics. Thanks again for all the help!

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    Here she is... Even better my second time out!

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    Now I just have to learn how to regularly maintain it... I saw a nice (LOOOOOOONG) tutorial about it, but I'm a little ADD to read it.

    Any quick tips? Sorry, noob questions... I'll admit it, and not ashamed to own it.

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    Looks good! Enjoy your new ride.

    I've had mine for 2 months. I had to upgrade the tires after I had a warranty issue with the Rocket Rons that came on the bike; they failed when I tried to make them tubeless. There was some defective on the bead....Schwalbe was very cool to deal with. I switched to Maxxis Ignitors on the front and rear and went tubeless. I like them a lot better than the Rocket Ron. I switched out the grips. I decided to leave the handlebars and give them a chance; after two months I like them. The width of the bar gives you a lot of options, especially for climbing.

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    nice looking bike.


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    Just found a Paragon for 1400.00 on closeout. I was too looking at the xcal and paragon and looks like the Paragon is my final choice as well.

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