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    Question for the members in here. I notice the RF comes with the 29-3. How is that tire? I asked a question in the wheel/tire section with very few reply's. Switching out my tires for a winter set up to race with and fall/winter/spring riding until summer next year.

    I'm about 95% set on the set up in the thread below. Just want to make sure the 29-3 in 2.3 is bigger than the 29-2 in 2.2. Silly question but sometimes tires are weird like that. Any reply's to that thread to let other members as well as myself know about this tire whether it is good input or bad would be helpful.

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    Any tips with the sizing of this bike,
    Im a tad under 5' 11( not much)long torso, used to riding a 20 inch hardtail 26 inch wheels, 18 felt too bunched up when purchasing this bike.
    Have tried the 17.5 and the 19 in the RF,in the 17.5 felt tight in the cockpit, felt a little cramped , but could handle the bike with ease , felt like I could ride it anywhere over anything , but felt short in the TT.
    The 19 felt more comfortable in relation to length and seated position, but the longer wheelbase was noticeable, didnt have the same ability to turn it sharply or flick it around, felt like I was on a big bike, but comfortable .
    I mostly ride flowy singletrack with a few light rock gardens ,I want an allrounder, I like this bike , not sure which way is the way for me to go with size.
    Any help appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverfern View Post
    Any tips with the sizing of this bike,
    Im a tad under 5' 11( not much)long torso, used to riding a 20 inch hardtail 26 inch wheels, 18 felt too bunched up when purchasing this bike.
    Have tried the 17.5 and the 19 in the RF,in the 17.5 felt tight in the cockpit, felt a little cramped , but could handle the bike with ease , felt like I could ride it anywhere over anything , but felt short in the TT.
    The 19 felt more comfortable in relation to length and seated position, but the longer wheelbase was noticeable, didnt have the same ability to turn it sharply or flick it around, felt like I was on a big bike, but comfortable .
    I mostly ride flowy singletrack with a few light rock gardens ,I want an allrounder, I like this bike , not sure which way is the way for me to go with size.
    Any help appreciated.
    If you've rode both sizes then nobody is more equipped to answer that question than you.

    I'm 5'10 and ordered the 17.5. I'm currently on an 18" 4300. I figured I could always get a longer stem if need be.

    The 17.5 that I demoed felt very comfortable
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    Under the recommendation of the bike shop , I tried the 19 with a small stem and it feels so much sharper , thats what I brought home

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    How long are people waiting for 2013 Rumblefishes? Had a buddy just order one and the shop computer said it would take until early December to get it. Sound right? The shop is located in the SF Bay Area.

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    Yeah same here in UK. Ordering mine next week unless I go for a superfly 100 al pro 2012 on a good deal. I want the fish though as its probably a better all rounder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Pedals View Post
    How long are people waiting for 2013 Rumblefishes? Had a buddy just order one and the shop computer said it would take until early December to get it. Sound right? The shop is located in the SF Bay Area.
    I've got 2013 Trek Rumblefish elites in stock.

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    I was told mid December...ordered my RF elite a few weeks ago. Only place within 100 miles that had any in stock didn't have a 17.5

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    Yea, and it looks like some sizes will soon sell out until Feb.

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    Ordered my Rumblefish today. December can't come soon enough. Managed to get 2 specialized hotwalk balance bikes thrown in for free which sweetened the deal. My twin boys will be happy in December too 25th though for them!

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    I'm starting to get impatient

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    I know how ya feel. But good things come for those who wait. Apparently. Is it December yet!

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    Been riding one for a week other then having I9's it is stock,coming off 26ers it is a bit odd for me,really dig it in the rock gardens and starting to get the feel for climbing and spin,29-4 tires are so-so here on east coast.the shock took some time to set up but now doing what it is supposed to do.did some high tech log bridges on it and was so stable and forgiving,not twitchy like on a 26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VFRLuke View Post
    I'm starting to get impatient
    and so you should, the Fish is a kick arse bike
    always mad and usually drunk......

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    Ive been looking for a full suspension ride for a bit now. Currently on a Hardrock 29 disc (my first real bike).

    I rode the std RF in the lots near my LBS. I liked it quite a bit. Im about 90% certain Ill be ordering a RF Elite very soon.

    Im on the bubble between a 19&21 frame so ive gotta sort that one out. Unfortunately the shop is like 99% Specialized so selection is limited.
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    I ordered the RF Elite today. Also took the base model out to the trails for like 3 hours. I absolutely loved it. I dont have a single complaint. It does everything well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q-TECH View Post
    I ordered the RF Elite today. Also took the base model out to the trails for like 3 hours. I absolutely loved it. I dont have a single complaint. It does everything well.
    what size did you get? hopefully you don't have to wait long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VFRLuke View Post
    what size did you get? hopefully you don't have to wait long.
    Actually final size selection was the reason I took it out today. Im kinda on the bubble 19-21. My 19" Hardrock is a bit tight for me.

    Anyway the 19" RF is pretty much perfect for me. LBS said they expect to get it late December. (Best case)

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    Well damn. I made the mistake of looking into the 2013 Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29. Same $ and looks good other than the brakes. Ugh! What to do.

    Gonna ride one tomorrow.

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    I almost bought a SJ. But I'm patiently waiting for fish pro and can't wait

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q-TECH View Post
    Well damn. I made the mistake of looking into the 2013 Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29. Same $ and looks good other than the brakes. Ugh! What to do.

    Gonna ride one tomorrow.
    I kind of wish that specialized would have been at the demo event that I went to so I could have rode a stumpy. I was also interested in the trance x 29er, but after riding it back to back with the fish...I had to go that route.

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    Rode the SJ around down town today. Felt light and quick. However I wasn't crazy about the gearing on it. Also shifting was noticeably sluggish compared to the Fish, especially on the front. Beautiful bike though.

    I really need to take it to the trails I guess.

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    I just finished building 2 RF pros and they are EXTREMELY well thought out and ride like a dream. If I wasn't a new Salsa dealer, this would be the bike I would be on for 2013.

    Mikey

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    That makes me more excited to get mine thanks Mikey

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    Ive ruled out the SJ and sticking with the Fish. Should come in around Christmas. Probably gonna take till the 1st to pay it out though.

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    I don't know how they do their 29ers, but I have a 19.5 on my ex8 and I'm 6'1.

    Quote Originally Posted by Q-TECH View Post
    Ive been looking for a full suspension ride for a bit now. Currently on a Hardrock 29 disc (my first real bike).

    I rode the std RF in the lots near my LBS. I liked it quite a bit. Im about 90% certain Ill be ordering a RF Elite very soon.

    Im on the bubble between a 19&21 frame so ive gotta sort that one out. Unfortunately the shop is like 99% Specialized so selection is limited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stangbang View Post
    I don't know how they do their 29ers, but I have a 19.5 on my ex8 and I'm 6'1.
    Whoa Stang,,, you're everywhere!

    I went with the 19. It felt nearly perfect.

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    Hi guys, my first post.........

    I did have a trek fuel ex 8 2010 (18.5) which got stolen, then got a cheap second hand top fuel carbon (18.5 inch) to get by until I found a new bike that suited. I looked around but never demo'd any bikes as the ones i wanted to try were never available.

    I settled on the rumblefish elite 2013 (19inch) , im 6ft2 and it seems a perfect fit. im very happy with the bike and it seems to fit most types of riding if your happto to flick between the different suspention modes.

    a few things i'd like to mention.

    On my first ride I was less than impressed with the suspension. It seems going off the recommended settings made the back to stiff and front too soft. I dropped 15psi out of the back, put 10psi extra in the front, slightly ajusted the rebound and the bike came alive.

    The supplied tyres are pretty good but tended to slip more id like on wet mud and rocks. I replaced these with Schwalbe Hans Dampf trailstar on the front, and the pacestar on the rear. these things are incredible and stick like s**t to a blanket !!!

    I find myself switching between the different modes quite a lot to get the most from the bike, I really wish there was a remote already fitted and im in the process of getting this done by mojo.

    The last point ....... in trail mode the bike feels great and your able to do fast downhill + uphil sections sections fine. switch into decent and its like floating on a magic carpet, possible to the point where it takes some of the fun out of the ride. The smile soon comes back when your having to brake and wait around for your friends to get out of the way as you fly past

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Stoke View Post
    Hi guys, my first post.........

    I did have a trek fuel ex 8 2010 (18.5) which got stolen, then got a cheap second hand top fuel carbon (18.5 inch) to get by until I found a new bike that suited. I looked around but never demo'd any bikes as the ones i wanted to try were never available.

    I settled on the rumblefish elite 2013 (19inch) , im 6ft2 and it seems a perfect fit. im very happy with the bike and it seems to fit most types of riding if your happto to flick between the different suspention modes.

    a few things i'd like to mention.

    On my first ride I was less than impressed with the suspension. It seems going off the recommended settings made the back to stiff and front too soft. I dropped 15psi out of the back, put 10psi extra in the front, slightly ajusted the rebound and the bike came alive.

    The supplied tyres are pretty good but tended to slip more id like on wet mud and rocks. I replaced these with Schwalbe Hans Dampf trailstar on the front, and the pacestar on the rear. these things are incredible and stick like s**t to a blanket !!!

    I find myself switching between the different modes quite a lot to get the most from the bike, I really wish there was a remote already fitted and im in the process of getting this done by mojo.

    The last point ....... in trail mode the bike feels great and your able to do fast downhill + uphil sections sections fine. switch into decent and its like floating on a magic carpet, possible to the point where it takes some of the fun out of the ride. The smile soon comes back when your having to brake and wait around for your friends to get out of the way as you fly past
    Nice write up!

    Happen to have a link for the tires you mentioned?

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    no problem. I struggled to find good reviews for this bike when i purchased 2 months ago so thought id have my say.

    look at item numbner 260960402603 on ebay for a shop selling these items with a good description / spec.

    This guy sells both tyres and i got excellent service. The trailstar is the tacky version recommended for the front, the pacestar is a little less tacky and faster rolling. these on a 29er look like monster truck wheels and i was quite concerned at first, but they dont slow you down as I expected.

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    Hey guys, another 1st time poster here. I'm about to upgrade from a 26" hardtail (2011 trek 4900) and have narrowed my search down to a Rumblefish Elite or a Fuel Ex 8, but really can't decide between the 2. I've had a basic ride in a car park on the 2 and they both feel good, but any advice/thoughts on going 29" or staying 26" would be appreciated! I'll mostly be riding woodland trails with occasional weekends away to trail centres in Scotland & Wales.
    If it helps I'm just under under 6'1 and am looking at 21" frame size..

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    I was torn between the same 2 bikes, but for me the 29'er won. I had a 4300, and went to a demo event close by. After riding a bunch of 29ers and then a fuel ex 9.8, it just felt like I couldn't get going on the fuel compared to the fish and the trance.

    I think a lot of really skilled guys still prefer the 26" wheels, but for a person of my skills the advantages of the big wheels far outweigh the disadvantages. I'm still very much a beginner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VFRLuke View Post
    I was torn between the same 2 bikes, but for me the 29'er won. I had a 4300, and went to a demo event close by. After riding a bunch of 29ers and then a fuel ex 9.8, it just felt like I couldn't get going on the fuel compared to the fish and the trance.

    I think a lot of really skilled guys still prefer the 26" wheels, but for a person of my skills the advantages of the big wheels far outweigh the disadvantages. I'm still very much a beginner.
    So you have no regrets about getting the Rumblefish? They are both exceptional bikes, with similar components and (hefty!) price tags. I've had my eyes on a fuel ex for so long now I may have become blinkered to anything else, but the friendly guy in my LBS says that 29s are the way to go. I love the 'flickability' of my 26, and kinda get the impression that 29s almost 'dumb down' the riding experience? Anyone else think like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarvinK View Post
    OK, finally got around to uploading some pics.
    I _hated_ the green before I saw one in person. Having seen them in person a few times now it has started growing on me...

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    I really don't see 26" sticking around... if you get the Fuel, in several years you will have limited options for new wheels and tires. Depends how long you plan to keep it, but if you're in for the long haul, the Rumblefish will age better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q-TECH View Post
    Nice write up!

    Happen to have a link for the tires you mentioned?
    The hans dampf are nice Q but you might find better deals on the bontrager 29-4's that are more than adequate (read awesome) for your trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ready805 View Post
    So you have no regrets about getting the Rumblefish? They are both exceptional bikes, with similar components and (hefty!) price tags. I've had my eyes on a fuel ex for so long now I may have become blinkered to anything else, but the friendly guy in my LBS says that 29s are the way to go. I love the 'flickability' of my 26, and kinda get the impression that 29s almost 'dumb down' the riding experience? Anyone else think like this?

    honestly I haven't taken delivery yet. The main attraction for me to the 29er is the rolling resistance




    Quote Originally Posted by MarvinK View Post
    I really don't see 26" sticking around... if you get the Fuel, in several years you will have limited options for new wheels and tires. Depends how long you plan to keep it, but if you're in for the long haul, the Rumblefish will age better.
    I don't think 26" bikes are going anywhere, a lot of people prefer them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ready805 View Post
    Hey guys, another 1st time poster here. I'm about to upgrade from a 26" hardtail (2011 trek 4900) and have narrowed my search down to a Rumblefish Elite or a Fuel Ex 8, but really can't decide between the 2. I've had a basic ride in a car park on the 2 and they both feel good, but any advice/thoughts on going 29" or staying 26" would be appreciated! I'll mostly be riding woodland trails with occasional weekends away to trail centres in Scotland & Wales.
    If it helps I'm just under under 6'1 and am looking at 21" frame size..

    im just over 6ft2 and the 19 inch is perfect. the bike feels quite big compared with the equivalent 26 fuel ex.

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    I'm 6ft3 and was advised on getting a 21. I did demo a 19 but the guys at the lbs reckoned a 21 would be a better fit. Wish they'd hurry up and get me the bike as the wait is killing me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grundy1973 View Post
    I'm 6ft3 and was advised on getting a 21. I did demo a 19 but the guys at the lbs reckoned a 21 would be a better fit. Wish they'd hurry up and get me the bike as the wait is killing me!
    They give you an ETA on it?

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    i got mine 8 weeks ago, the bike was brought in for the shop owner. apparently they had 1 x 17inch and 1 x 19 inch allocated and a delay until the second week in December for more stock.

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    Nah, just December. I'll pop in on the weekend and ask for an update

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    I'm told Dec 17th on mine. Its killing me waiting

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    Ive had mine roughly a month now, loving it. But I got the 2012 pro at a cheap price, same geometry etc,


    The size thing is personal, im 5 11, with a big upper body, the 17.5 felt cramped, went with the 19 and shortened the stem , a lot of guys my height wouldve preferred the 17.5. Had a few moments of doubt initially, no regrets now.

    Its a beast of a bike.

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    I am 6'2" riding a 2012 Rumblefish Elite 21". The 19" seemed a little cramped for me when the trail starts getting technical.

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    Think I'm going to go for a 21" Rumblefish Elite.... Will post again soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ready805 View Post
    Think I'm going to go for a 21" Rumblefish Elite.... Will post again soon!
    Im also just under 6-1 but I went with the 19. It felt perfect. Definitely not cramped.

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    No fish for me this Christmas, called my lbs today and January 7th is the latest date for mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by grundy1973 View Post
    No fish for me this Christmas, called my lbs today and January 7th is the latest date for mine
    Uh-oh...

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    My lbs is still saying dec 17th

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