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    Tough Choice: Fantom Team vs. Fantom Pro DS

    Hey folks,

    I'm looking to pull the trigger on a nice racing bike for the upcoming year in Colorado. I thought about doing a hardtail, but the trails here in CO aren't very conducive for it (IMHO). I'm looking at the Fantom Team and the Fantom Pro DS. For the $300 price difference is the Team worth it? My budget is between $1800-$2200.

    Fantom Team
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...am_3x10_xi.htm

    Fantom Pro DS
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ds_3x10_xi.htm

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    For that money I would buy A Ti 29er from B.D. I know you said no HT's but for a XC race ride you could do a lot worse .

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    I race a HT 29er at Winter Park, and it's great on all courses except for the Mary Jane circuit (too bumpy).
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    You guys suck im all bummed now

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    Thanks. I know a lot of people recommend the 29ers. However, I'm only 5'7". Does anyone ride a 29er at my size?

    I also plan on racing the Winter Park series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DenverGuy
    Thanks. I know a lot of people recommend the 29ers. However, I'm only 5'7". Does anyone ride a 29er at my size?

    I also plan on racing the Winter Park series.




    There are a lot of people of your height on 29ers .

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    I ride and race a Fantom Pro DS and I love it. There might be better bikes to get specifically for racing but I think the Fantom is great. You can bring the rear suspension down to three inches and bring the fork down to 100mm for a more race setup. If the bike is just for racing get the Team or the Ti 29er like they said.

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    Anyone know what the Fantom PRO DS weight is?

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    It says 28 to 29 lbs in the spec sheet for the DS, but it can be brought down to 26 or 27lbs easily, I've got a Fantom Team, mine is up from where it started to 26 lbs, I put on heavier parts in the drive train, seat, hanlebars, tires, a few grams here and there, I'm real happy with the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by floydlippencott
    There are a lot of people of your height on 29ers .
    I'm 5'8" with short legs (29.5" inseam, hence the handle theBody -- I'm all torso), and the 17" Moto Fantom Pro I bought is a little too big for me. I ride it (it's loads of fun) and it's manageable, but you really want to go 15".

    I'm riding mine until I find a 15" frame for a steal, then it's adios 17".

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    Quote Originally Posted by theBody
    I'm 5'8" with short legs (29.5" inseam, hence the handle theBody -- I'm all torso), and the 17" Moto Fantom Pro I bought is a little too big for me. I ride it (it's loads of fun) and it's manageable, but you really want to go 15".

    I'm riding mine until I find a 15" frame for a steal, then it's adios 17".
    There are some 5'7" guys on here that ride a Small Fantom DS Pro and say it feels too small. Do a search for Fantom Sizing to get an idea of which size to choose.

    I'm 5'8" and I ride a Medium DS Pro with a 90mm stem. It feels good for XC/Trail but I'm tempted to try an 80mm stem. I probably wont though. I'll admit it feels a bit on the bigger side but it doesn't feel too big for me, and I'd rather be inside the bike than on top of it.

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    Does anyone make a 16" or 16.5" frame? I was at the LBS and got on a 15 and it felt way too small. A 17 felt just a tad big. But if I had to choose one I would have gone with the 17 and tried to find a shorter stem.

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