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    SS for Vertical Rides in N. Utah ?

    I am strongly thinking of taking the SS/29er plunge. I am 6' 5" 225lbs but one reason I am thinking of this bike is I would like to lean down to about 210lbs..I ride mostly vertical rides in N. Utah and I am concerned that I will end up pushing most of the time. Because of the bikes I currently have, I currently spend alot of time in Granny or pushing when not shuttling. I mostly ride DH shuttle rides these days as my boys have gotten heavily into DH racing. We currently don't have a single bike in our 8 bike arsenal that is less than 5" 36lb (Bighits, Stinky Primos, Cdale Chase, beefed up Enduro etc.). My thought are, that I would like to get something that is almost the complete opposite end of the spectrum from what I currently have, something quick and nimble. I am considering medium weight XC FS trailbike like a Prophet but have recently become intrigued by the SS and 29" bikes. Will these bikes hold up to a Clydesdale such as myself, as I am concerned about the 29 inch wheels. What is a reasonable expectation for climbing.For example, for those of you familiar with N. Utah could a fit individual expect to ride up the entire Mueller Park trail, or Green Pond on a 29 SS ? Lots of questions. Thanks for any help

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    you'll love it

    I live in SLC and have been riding SS for 5+ years now, 29 SS (rigid KM) for a year. Mueller Park is very do-able for SS. You'll be amazed that what you once grannied up on your heavy bike will be much easier on your 29 (or 26) SS.

    I also have a 5" 35+ lb custom hardtail w/ EBB that I switch between gears and SS.

    I really like having both types of bikes.

    My personal opinion is that rigid SS and 29er go hand in hand.

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    Post this same question on the 29er forum. I'm working on a 29 SS Rigid project right now. I did a few 26er SS rides before I broke my frame. It is time for bigger wheels ..
    Ride On!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhippie
    I am strongly thinking of taking the SS/29er plunge. I am 6' 5" 225lbs but one reason I am thinking of this bike is I would like to lean down to about 210lbs..I ride mostly vertical rides in N. Utah and I am concerned that I will end up pushing most of the time. Because of the bikes I currently have, I currently spend alot of time in Granny or pushing when not shuttling. I mostly ride DH shuttle rides these days as my boys have gotten heavily into DH racing. We currently don't have a single bike in our 8 bike arsenal that is less than 5" 36lb (Bighits, Stinky Primos, Cdale Chase, beefed up Enduro etc.). My thought are, that I would like to get something that is almost the complete opposite end of the spectrum from what I currently have, something quick and nimble. I am considering medium weight XC FS trailbike like a Prophet but have recently become intrigued by the SS and 29" bikes. Will these bikes hold up to a Clydesdale such as myself, as I am concerned about the 29 inch wheels. What is a reasonable expectation for climbing.For example, for those of you familiar with N. Utah could a fit individual expect to ride up the entire Mueller Park trail, or Green Pond on a 29 SS ? Lots of questions. Thanks for any help

    For what it is worth, I was worried about the same thing. In NH I do not think we have teh same elevation you have in Utah, but a lot of our ride have pretty steep ups that put me in the granny gear on my geared bike. I built a single speed (26") with 34:20 gearing, and I can make 90% of the climbs I used to spin up on my geared bike. It sounds like you have made up your mind to do it, and I do not think you will find anyone here that will talk you out of it.

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    I live in Clinton, and I have ridden Mueller park on my converted 26" ss. It is totally doable. I doubt there are many trails around here that couldn't be done ss with the right gearing, it just means you've gotta stand and crank! I have also ridden the BST in ogden on my FS SS and it is also doable. By the way, where do you live maybe we can do a ss ride together? let me know my email is on.

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