I ride in NJ and currently ride an XC HT 26'er that fits the bill.
The Instigator just seems awesome and has everything I would look for for future upgrades vs the feeling I am moving into an state of being obsolete (thanks bike industry ;-)). Upgrades would include such things as 650B and Seat Dropper Post...
Not to mention I love SS'ing
I am thinking it might be a great way to convert to 650B in a slower more scenic route- kids and home expenses will prevent a full on complete bike purchase so I am thinking of buying a frame. I was thinking of slotting everything from my current steed over to the new frame (I would need a new headset for the 44 head tube). Upgrades would be gradual but I could grab a new fork and wheel set to space out the cost over time.
Currently I ride a bike that was designed for 100mm and I ride 130mm Fox Vanilla which has an axle to crown of 501mm. The Instigator has the 140mm fox float which has an axle to crown of 509mm. I assume the effect of using my current vanilla will steepen the head angle slightly- say from 67.5 to 68- does that sound about right? I am also under the impression the seat angle would steepen as well- but just not to the extreme as the head angle.
Wheels would be standard 26 wheels for the time being- not the 26+ but I really do not need all that rubber where I currently ride but I like the idea of being able to go bigger (2.4+) if I need to do so on my current Stan Flows. As time goes on I can decide if I want to go 650B or 26 dirt wizard.
Let me know your opinions. I know the frame is a few months out but I wanted to gain opinions from the surly riders out there- if I am trying to fit a square peg in a round hole I would rather hear that now then learn the hard way later on...
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