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    MattSavage
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    Tracer 29 vs. Carbine 29 Anyone ridden side by side?

    I apologize, I don't visit the Intense forum often and the search results are bringing up everything but what I'm looking for...

    I owned a Tracer 29er for a few weeks, two years ago, got about 5 rides on it before I sold it. I bought it used from a super tall guy. It was an XL frame, I'm 6'3", and the thing was such a tank and pig, that I just couldn't learn to love it, so I quickly sold it. The two things it did well were hammer super fast through the chunder and motor up impossibly steep grades in the granny gear. The rest of time I felt like I was trying to ride a hyper active water buffalo through an H&M in Tokyo.

    I'm curious if part of that was due to the huge frame and if a large would've been more suitable? But also I'm wondering if anyone here who loved the Tracer 29, went straight to a Carbine 29 or still own both and ride them back to back? The geometry between the two are pretty different, so I'm wondering if they worked out some of the "kinks" in the long travel bike with the Carbine or if they still ride similarly Since the Carbine only comes in a large, I'd be starting with a much more compact frame.

    Do I just need to rethink about how I ride a bike and relearn some technique, or is the Carbine 29 a significantly different beast from the Tracer 29?
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    I too am 6'3", I've owned the T29, the Spider Comp29, and now the Carbine29. I'm currently building the C29 and haven't ridden it yet, however, the Spider Comp blew the T29 away in every category. It is lighter, stiffer, shorter, much much more nimble. I imagine the Carbine29 having all the same positive attributes as the Spider Comp, with more travel. I hope that helps.

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