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    bringing this back up because I am going to change/replace my current bike. looking for a HT that can handle all the ups and downs of Austin area trails. I have always been afraid of CP and most of the Greenbelt and I want a bike that meets me half-way. my choices are limited to what I can buy at a discount so I will leave brand names and prices out.

    current: steel 29er with a short chainstay, 80mm fork, XC geo. I need a longer frame, this one is a tad too short for me. need something with a 600mm ETT or so.

    option 1: alu 650B HT w/ 100mm fork and XC geo. 2x10

    option 2. alu 650B HT w/ 100mm fork with slightly slack-er geo. 1x10.

    option 3. 650B HT w/ 120mm fork, 68* ha. 2x10.

    option 4. new version of my old bike but with nicer parts and a 100mm fork and the "right" size frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    bringing this back up because I am going to change/replace my current bike. looking for a HT that can handle all the ups and downs of Austin area trails. I have always been afraid of CP and most of the Greenbelt and I want a bike that meets me half-way. my choices are limited to what I can buy at a discount so I will leave brand names and prices out.

    current: steel 29er with a short chainstay, 80mm fork, XC geo. I need a longer frame, this one is a tad too short for me. need something with a 600mm ETT or so.

    option 1: alu 650B HT w/ 100mm fork and XC geo. 2x10

    option 2. alu 650B HT w/ 100mm fork with slightly slack-er geo. 1x10.

    option 3. 650B HT w/ 120mm fork, 68* ha. 2x10.

    option 4. new version of my old bike but with nicer parts and a 100mm fork and the "right" size frame.
    Honestly first consideration if I were to ride a HT would be frame material...steel really makes that big a difference IMO.

    I'd go option 3 if steel...modern AM geometry is really fun and still very capable - I'd not want XC frame unless racing XC consistently.

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    it turns out I am "not allowed" to buy the new version of the Karate Monkey because of my employer being stupid. so that leaves the first three. I really like the short back end of my KM so that last bike might suit me best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    it turns out I am "not allowed" to buy the new version of the Karate Monkey because of my employer being stupid. so that leaves the first three. I really like the short back end of my KM so that last bike might suit me best.
    Well I guess 3 then 2 then 1.

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    I just picked up a Trek 6500 disc to get me started riding the trails. I've hiked damn near every mile of trail it seems, figured it's time to roll through them.

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