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    rumblefish capability

    OK friends.
    I'm waiting for my 2012 base RF to arrive early December (hope there won't be any delays).

    I'd like to know if the base RF are capable of desert riding. By desert riding I don't mean any extreme or very agressive trails, but singles and trails that have technical elements.

    You can watch this clip to understand better what I mean by desert riding:

    Maale Adumim to Dead Sea - YouTube (It's a 12 Mile beautiful trail).

    Thanks, Mo.

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    Yeah, the RF will be fun. Change out the tires to something that suits your needs, maybe add some Stan's and go tubeless.

    It's a good bike and I think it'll be a blast for that type of riding.

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    don't worry about rf capability... me and my friend riding the same desert trails with hifi...

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    Hell yeah Dude, sweet trail, fast, but with some nice tech bits thrown in The Rumblefish would more than handle that, heck a nice slack HT with 120mm fork would be sweet on that. I know oh too well that feeling of waiting for a new bike, currently waiting on my Banshee Prime pre-production frame and fork that has been delayed since June till hopefully, if all goes to plan end of this month. So stoked and so Jonesing to get that thing and get er built and ride it already. Looks like you have some great trails to keep you occupied until your RF arrives.

    Have you ever ridden that trail in reverse, as in uphill? Maybe just me, but looks like it would be a nice slog up and the tech bits would be very fun to clear going up breaking up the monotony of the smoother climb
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    The Rumblefish will eat that trail up. With the suspension set at the right sag and rebound you will be able to blow up those rock gardens.

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    Thanks guys for your replies that have been useful and helpful.

    The 2012 base RF have stock 2.30" Bontrager 29-4 tires.
    Heard and read the 29-4 is not the best tire around, but I guess it's not that bad, So I'm gonna go tubeless and give it a try.
    If It's not gonna work out think I'll buy the 29X2.25" Maxxis Ardent.

    Regarding the trail clip - haven't rode that trail yet (don't belive my TREK 4300 survive it) so I'm waiting for the 2012 RF to arrive. Anyway, after watching it I don't even think about riding it uphill. There are some downhill trails that won't work out climbing and that's one of them.

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    Yea the RF will do fine on that terrain. Just watch out for the tree on the left
    But just like Lynx said, you gotta go up it, too!

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    Yeah, I think it'd be a heck of a fun climb with very few spots you'd need to hike a bike, unless of course you're not fit, then it might seem impossible. OP needs to go visit Colorado, Utah, etc and see what real climbs are
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    But just like Lynx said, you gotta go up it, too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mo6500 View Post
    Thanks guys for your replies that have been useful and helpful.

    The 2012 base RF have stock 2.30" Bontrager 29-4 tires.
    Heard and read the 29-4 is not the best tire around, but I guess it's not that bad, So I'm gonna go tubeless and give it a try.
    If It's not gonna work out think I'll buy the 29X2.25" Maxxis Ardent.

    Regarding the trail clip - haven't rode that trail yet (don't belive my TREK 4300 survive it) so I'm waiting for the 2012 RF to arrive. Anyway, after watching it I don't even think about riding it uphill. There are some downhill trails that won't work out climbing and that's one of them.
    Try the 29-4s tubeless first - you might be surprised.

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    Hi everyone!
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    Thanks for your answers .
    My new 2012 base RF will arrive soon (mid/late December).
    Of course I'm gonna give the 29-4 Bonties a try. Hope I'll like then since buying otehr tires is an additional cost.

    Mo.

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