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    Ride comparison - 2012 Bandit 29 to 2013 B29

    I can't believe there isn't already a thread like this, but I couldn't find one...

    Hey guys, i'm considering a Bandit29 for my next ride but am not sure about the 2012/2013. I can find either since i don't mind buying used (prefer it usually, in fact).

    I live in Bend, Oregon and it's mostly pretty straight XC around here though it is rocky in places. When i'm sitting at the computer on MTBR i tend to think that i don't care much about efficiency and that i mostly want a FUN ride. That changes a little bit sometimes when i'm in the middle of a long climb though, lol!

    I'm tempted by the 2012 B29 by all the outstanding ride reports, and i would probably enjoy that bike more when i travel to areas with gnarlier terrain. But i don't get to travel a ton, and the '13 with a presumably quicker/more-efficient ride might be a better match to where i spend the majority of my time.

    Anybody ridden both and have thoughts to share? Transition bikes, maybe you guys can shed some light on things? I feel like the 130 travel will be overkill for around here and i'm assuming the new 120 bike is a quicker, more lively pedaler.

    If i got a '12 model, i'd run a Fox 34 140, probably reduced to 130. If i got a '13 model i'd either reduce the same fork to 120 (is that possible?) or get an x-fusion 32 120.
    Bend, OR

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    Does Trinity have any demos perhaps?
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    I've been trying to get in touch with eric to ask but having a hard time. I should be able to stop in there tomorrow.
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    I got just got the 2012 Bandit brand new & have only gotten a few rides on it, it is totally awesome the nimbleness & climbing ability is great, I also have a sight killer b I have to admit the bandit beats it hands down. I am glad I went with the 2012 because of the geo & also saved a couple hundred $ over the 2013

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    I bought a 2012 frame and it's almost built up. I feel a little dumb buying a bike i've never ridden, but i don't think i've heard anyone say they didn't like it. *fingers crossed*
    Bend, OR

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    Got out for a couple of short rides now. 20 miles on the bike so far. Fears of it being wallowy or pigish on the climbs were totally unfounded. It just feels like a great all-around bike. It's no DH rig, far from it, nor is it a full-on XC racer. Feels like it's going to be a great general trail bike though.

    I seem to have lucked out on the guess about this bike w/o a test ride, because so far i feel like it fits me perfectly. It can take me a while to know for sure, but so far so good!

    I'm glad I got the 2012. I think the 2013 might not be enough of a change from a regular XC bike for what i wanted. Having ridden this, a Tallboy LT and a Yeti SB95, I personally don't think there's any reason for a 100mm 29er anymore. These 125mm+ bikes pedal great plus have more travel when you need it. Maybe if you're racing XC events you might want a 4" bike i guess, but if you ride FOR FUN, then the 4" bike is obsolete!
    Bend, OR

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