Please help me decided between an SL-R or HD.
I currently ride a 2011 Giant Trance Advance. It has a 140mm Fox, 1x9 Setup. Over the past couple of months, the bike has been jinx'd or something. Seems like everything is breaking...I can't go more than 2 rides without a failure or some sort. Blown fork damper, blown rear shock, crack rear linkage, destroyed rear wheel, etc.
So I was thinking of moving on and hoping to cure this hex and getting either an SLR or HD frame. I ride both XC and Am stuff, so I want a "do-it-all" trail bike. I want to run a 1x9 or 1x10 setup. So if I go with the SLR, I was thinking of getting a Shadow/Type2 mech with a front upper chain guide. But maybe the HD would be better suited for me. I have a SLR demo right now that I'm about to ride.
Can someone tell he how the HD compares to a Specialized Enduro or Yeti SB66. My previous bike was an Enduro and besides the weight, I really liked that bike. I just demo'd a Yeti and liked that bike too, but the frame is too much $ for me. I can get a good deal on the Ibis. I'm also really concerned about weight. My trance is ~26-27lbs with dropper.
Hard decision...I know it comes down to my choice, but maybe some of you have some insight and areas to consider that I haven't thought of. Thanks
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