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    Spider Comp 29 130mm or Carbine 29 125mm

    Hi All,

    Thinking of picking up one or the other to replace my current frame. I would like to keep my build that includes a 140mm Pike with 51mm offset.

    I have never ridden the Spider Comp but demoed a Carbine 29. It was set up with a 160mm fork and the rear travel was at 140mm. For most of my riding I was not a fan…..just seemed really slow and hard to maneuver. I am 6’2” and was riding a Large.

    My first thought is getting the Carbine so I could move the travel to 140mm when riding at bike parks and possibly picking up another fork for those occasions.

    I doubt I would move the travel to the 115mm on the Spider because I have a 100mm bike that I like and plan to keep.

    Anyone have any comparisons of the Carbine with a 140mm fork and the rear set at 125mm? Would the Spider be a better choice?

    Thank you all for your time

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    You might enjoy a Spider 29C with a 140mm fork and rear travel set at 130mm. A bit of a compromise between what you're looking for. I find that the Carbine 29 with a 140mm fork and rear travel at 125/140mm tends to feel a bit low in the BB, which is avoided by running a taller 160mm fork. The Spider at 140 front / 130 rear is a nice middleground and makes for a super fun all-around bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    You might enjoy a Spider 29C with a 140mm fork and rear travel set at 130mm. A bit of a compromise between what you're looking for. I find that the Carbine 29 with a 140mm fork and rear travel at 125/140mm tends to feel a bit low in the BB, which is avoided by running a taller 160mm fork. The Spider at 140 front / 130 rear is a nice middleground and makes for a super fun all-around bike.
    Excellent! Thanks.

    What about the Carbine with a 150mm fork? I just would like to quicken the steering up a bit. Would the BB still be too low?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeZee View Post
    Excellent! Thanks.

    What about the Carbine with a 150mm fork? I just would like to quicken the steering up a bit. Would the BB still be too low?
    150mm on a C29 could be good as well, but for what you're looking for I think that the 140 Spider would be ideal in this situation- this way you can keep your 140 Pike and make it an easy transition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-IntenseCustServ View Post
    150mm on a C29 could be good as well, but for what you're looking for I think that the 140 Spider would be ideal in this situation- this way you can keep your 140 Pike and make it an easy transition.
    Great thanks!

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    And don't cut the Spider Comp short, this a very capable machine that can tackle more than the numbers would suggest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cobb View Post
    And don't cut the Spider Comp short, this a very capable machine that can tackle more than the numbers would suggest.
    Agreed.

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    I ride my Spider with CC angleset and 140
    For me it's a much more of a bike then my Carbine with 160 fork
    I can do almost everything better with the Spider then with the Carbine.
    I don't think that a Carbine with 140 is a wrong way, in the past I tried it with a Cube Stereo 29" changed it from 160 to 140 and it made it a better bike (for me).
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    Quote Originally Posted by esku View Post
    I ride my Spider with CC angleset and 140
    For me it's a much more of a bike then my Carbine with 160 fork
    I can do almost everything better with the Spider then with the Carbine.
    I don't think that a Carbine with 140 is a wrong way, in the past I tried it with a Cube Stereo 29" and it made them a better bike for me (160 to 140).
    Nice!👍👍

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    Was considering the same thing. What made me fo Spider was

    Carbine 29 with 160mm for mk = 67 degree HA
    Carbine with 140mm fork = 68.3 degree HA
    Spider with stock 120mm fork = 68.5 degree HA
    Spider with 140mm fork = 67.1 HA

    So happy with my choice. Spider C29 is a very very fun bike.
    Very nimble And very capable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esku View Post
    I ride my Spider with CC angleset and 140
    For me it's a much more of a bike then my Carbine with 160 fork
    I can do almost everything better with the Spider then with the Carbine.
    I don't think that a Carbine with 140 is a wrong way, in the past I tried it with a Cube Stereo 29" changed it from 160 to 140 and it made it a better bike (for me).
    So is the angle set reducing (-) or increasing (+) the rake angle? I was running a 150mm pike on my spider comp and reduced the travel to 130mm. I'm amazed how much snappier it feels. Wondering if reducing the rake angle by -1 or -1.5 might make it even better?

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