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    Wink Go 29er or long-travel 26er trailbike?

    I'm currently on a race-prepped, 2010 Giant Anthem X2 26er, with 100mm of travel. The bike rides great. It climbs like a raped ape and descends with incredible efficiency. The Anthem weighs less than 23 pounds, with pedals. However, the trails where I ride has lots of technical boulders I simply have a hard time rolling over. Also, when going down rocky areas - I find myself often going slower.

    One day, I took my buddy's 26-pound, Niner Rip9. It barreled over everything I use my brakes on, in the 26er. Before I sell my Giant - here are some bikes I have an eye on:

    26er 140-160mm travel:
    -Rocky Mountain Altitude R/MSL
    -Ibis Mojo HD
    -Specialized Stumpjumper FSR EVO
    -Yeti SB66
    -Pivot Firebird
    -Scott Genius LT

    29er 100-120mm travel:
    -Specialized S-Works Epic 29er
    -Niner Jet9 RDO
    -Trek Superfly 100 Carbon
    -Cannondale Scalpel 29er

    Any thoughts on the above bikes would be great....before I set out and test them ALL.

    NOTE: I'm a huge weight weenie, and all the bikes above were chosen on their ability to be built out LIGHT....
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    You really sound like a good candidate to try a 650b

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    You really sound like a good candidate to try a 650b
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    Believe me, if there were more manufacturer support of 650b components...I'd be ALL OVER IT. Only time will tell. In the meantime - I either go 5.5"+ of 26er travel or full 29er...
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    I did ride last weekend and my partner has. Rip9. I rode every thing he did on my 26er hard tail XC type bike. He was faster on the downhills, but I was much faster on the ups. Overall I was happy with the way my bike performed. The trails had lots of rocks. I think the 29eer gave him an edge over larger steps, but not enough for me to spend $$$$.
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    Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon,,,best bike Ive ever ridden.
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    I vote for the Trek Superfly! Just put a Fox F120 on mine and its awesome! Recently owned a Remedy and then a Slash and the superfly does what they did but lighter and faster! I'm definitely a 29er convert! My superfly weighs around 26lbs with a Reverb adjustable seatpost!

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    How tall are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    How tall are you? If you're a big guy, go big wheels, if not, stay small.
    I'm 5'7". I am just tired of manualing my 26er over the boulders and log piles a 29er rolls over almost effortlessly....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    How tall are you? If you're a big guy, go big wheels, if not, stay small.
    This is BS, and I'm tired of people spreading this misinformation.

    I have a friend who is REALLY short, has the smallest Niner made and he is one of the the best & fastest riders I know.

    So there!

    Edit: He goes by Big Boulder on the NorCal forum. OP, he'll be glad to answer questions you have, i'm sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    29er 100-120mm travel:
    -Specialized S-Works Epic 29er
    -Niner Jet9 RDO
    -Trek Superfly 100 Carbon
    -Cannondale Scalpel 29er
    Look at the new long(er) travel 29ers coming out.

    Lenz, Banshee and a couple others have 140-150mm travel 29ers, building any of them up super-light will be expensive, but frame weights are in the same area as 160mm 26ers tend to be.

    I highly recommend the Lenz Lunchbox, my experience of it goes only to a demo ride but I want one, I really want one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    How tall are you? If you're a big guy, go big wheels, if not, stay small.
    Loada balls.

    I'm 6ft5 and won't swap my 26er hardtail for anything...

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    That Yeti SB66 on your list is a really nice bike but rather expensive....still nice none-the-less!

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    What size Anthem are you riding? I have a 2011 Trance X medium, and im actually looking to go to something a little more XC race-ish. Not saying we have to trade but you do have my interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenny88 View Post
    What size Anthem are you riding? I have a 2011 Trance X medium, and im actually looking to go to something a little more XC race-ish. Not saying we have to trade but you do have my interest.
    Mine is a small. Got a pic of your bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    Mine is a small. Got a pic of your bike?
    Damn, i would sell just the frameset if you were interested. Too bad i cant ride a small, mines a medium. It really is a great one bike to do it all with, i just feel like i dont need it in Michigan.
    heres a crappy picture of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    This is BS, and I'm tired of people spreading this misinformation.

    I have a friend who is REALLY short, has the smallest Niner made and he is one of the the best & fastest riders I know.

    So there!

    Edit: He goes by Big Boulder on the NorCal forum. OP, he'll be glad to answer questions you have, i'm sure.
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    I'd go long travel 29er, specifically I'd ride a tallboy, but that's just me...

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    not sure how weenie you want to get, but 29ers are "usually" a bit heavier (if you go for longer travel). i have a bud on an Ibis Mojo HD and he swapped out the 26 wheels for 650B. they fit. I know people who LOVE their Ibis
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    not sure how weenie you want to get, but 29ers are "usually" a bit heavier (if you go for longer travel). i have a bud on an Ibis Mojo HD and he swapped out the 26 wheels for 650B. they fit. I know people who LOVE their Ibis
    Me too.

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    omg so awkward! Sti caught me talking bout him!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    omg so awkward! Sti caught me talking bout him!
    You forgot to mention that it's yellow, though...
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    I am an accomplished stalker. But seriously, 650b wheels have a lot of appeal for those who find the 29 wheels a bit too big.

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