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    Lurcher vs. 29er Race vs. Niner Air 9

    Any thoughts on the three frames listed above? I am moving towards the Race....

    Looking to build a geared 1x10...

    North East riding - XC w/ technical stuff
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    The Racer is one size only, 18".
    I like the Lurcher a lot, but it is the heaviest of the three.
    My frame is 1624gram for a 19.5".
    Don't know if that's a problem for you, my Inbred was over 2700 grams...

    The Racer and the Lurcher share the same geometry, Niner is different.
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    The 18" is my size. I've actually looked at the geometry vs. my current Niner EMD - It seems spot on. The only difference in seat tube length - which isn't a problem to me because my seatpost is very high as it is (Onone is a little longer)

    Weight isn't as important as how strong the bike frame is (I guess I am a little carbon shy) I really want somthing comparable to the Niner EMD I have now. I really like the Niner - but the new design with cables running on the side is interfering with my knee and it actually is cutting it up a little on the left side when riding technical stuff.

    Which frame do you ride? Lurcher?
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    My Lurcher, post #263
    Coming from the Inbred, I was a little carbon-shy myself. (nice word)
    But the Lurcher kept up very well during a week in the Italian Dolimites and three weeks France, including the Roc d'Azur marathon.
    If the 500 grams of extra carbon are in the right place, it must last a lifetime.


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    I'd seriously look at the Planet X - Dirty Harry as well...liking mine a lot.

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    I actually had both a Lurcher and an Air9 at the same time. I sold the Air9. I didnt have any real reservations for the Niner it just didnt fit me right. The 18" lurcher fits me like glove and that makes all the difference. I vote for the one that fits best. Then I give points to the Lurcher for being able to run SS. If only for geared I would go Race plus its on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom View Post
    Any thoughts on the three frames listed above? I am moving towards the Race....

    Looking to build a geared 1x10...

    North East riding - XC w/ technical stuff

    ZenTurtle rides both Race and Lurcher
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhynolite View Post
    ZenTurtle rides both Race and Lurcher
    And he is a SS and endurance riding BADASS. I’ve ridden geared on a 5,500+ footie ride with him before when he did it SS. I believe it was on his Lurcher. He kept up just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom View Post
    Any thoughts on the three frames listed above? I am moving towards the Race....

    Looking to build a geared 1x10...

    North East riding - XC w/ technical stuff
    Yo Paul,
    We met on Turkey Day ride at Earl's (beer & doughnuts). I have an 18" Inbred that I love and you're welcome to try out. I'm planning to buy a Scandal soon. If I were looking for carbon, it'd be a Lurcher for sure. Drop me a PM.

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