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    2013 rumblefish

    I have yet to be able to see one in person and was wondering if anyone has any pictures besides the stock website picture? Thanks!

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    Here's a photo of the new 2013 Rumblefish Pro

    Got it on demo for the day here in the Uk from my local bike shop they had only built it up the day before i picked it up

    It's my first time on a 29er and first impression is wow great ride

    nice peace of kit and the new Fox Climb-Trail-Descent shocks work really well
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    Cracking pic matey. I'm looking at the Fish pro as my new bike but need to wait till January to get one. I've been looking out for reviews but I guess its too new. Its killing me waiting till Jan

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    Looks nice, Im about to pull the trigger on a Elite.


    Keep the pictures coming.

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    Sadly not got anymore photo's of the bike since i only had it for the day but got his one which is part of my local 2 miles single track descent with added rocksteps and drop off's

    Taken on the Cutgate Path at Langsett in the Peak District here in the UK

    The bike is tempting me to sell my other two bikes, 2012 Lappirre Zesty 214 and a OnOne Carbon 456 and get this Rumblefish Pro
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    not sure which model i'd go for the Elite or Pro is the £900 extra for the Pro worth it? then again do i look at other options 29er to try out a few or take a chance on this rumblefish which i really enjoyed on the brief demo ride.

    Tough Choice really

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    Well, shifting might be a bit better. Suspension performance should be equal
    In terms of functionality, the only thing you really gain by choosing the 2013 Pro over the Elite is the dropper post, which is a must have on this sort of bike imho.

    All other parts are really just lighter, blingier, and partly more durable.

    I'm really happy with my 2012 Pro! To be honest, my bike has
    "custom everything", but that doesn't affect the handling and general feel of the bike.


    ps: Why not a close out sale model? The 2012 colors are soooooooo much better :-)
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    got to admit just looked at the 2012 models and personnally prefer the colour of the 2013 pro in black and blue. not too keen on the 2013 elite colour with the green stuff on it as for dropper post if went for the cheaper elite the reverb off the Zesty i'd sell will fit.

    but i'd feel i wished i'd gone for the pro version if i'd got the elite after a while

    might have to see what the Trance 29er is like

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    Anyone found a review of either 2013 Rumbles yet? I've been looking but found none as of yet

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    ...With only small differences in parts between the 2012 and 2013 models, any 2012 review will do :-)
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    Ordered the 2013 Rumblefish Elite on Saturday. Pro just isn't worth the price. I ordered tubeless tires & rim strips. I may end up putting a dropper post, remote lockout and if anything else... maybe lighter wheels. Pretty disgusted a $3000 bike doesn't come with tubeless-capable tires.

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    looks sweet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarvinK View Post
    Ordered the 2013 Rumblefish Elite on Saturday. Pro just isn't worth the price. I ordered tubeless tires & rim strips. I may end up putting a dropper post, remote lockout and if anything else... maybe lighter wheels. Pretty disgusted a $3000 bike doesn't come with tubeless-capable tires.
    should have just got the pro ! its only money

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    I thought about it, but I think I'd be better off spending the money on wheels. There's just not enough upgrades to justify $1200... I can spend that money better and have a better paint job in the process!

    I wonder who at Fox decided a remote lockout lever should be larger than a shift or brake lever!!?!

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    How do you go about sizing the fish Marv? Did you drop a frame size compared with a 26er?

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    i have to admit it's the first bike i've not had any form of back pain due to the reach etc with out having to adjust/change anything.

    Think i'd rather spend the extra money for the Pro as i just dont like the Elite paint job.

    But before i decide to sell my Lapierre Zesty 214 whcih is only 6 month old for a 29er i would like to try out the Giant Trance 29er and hopefully the biek shop i got the rumblefish on demo will do the trance as a demo. then got the big choice to make

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarvinK View Post
    Ordered the 2013 Rumblefish Elite on Saturday. Pro just isn't worth the price. I ordered tubeless tires & rim strips. I may end up putting a dropper post, remote lockout and if anything else... maybe lighter wheels. Pretty disgusted a $3000 bike doesn't come with tubeless-capable tires.
    Don't be too upset at that one. My $7K Mach 429 XTR came with standard Kenda Slant Six. The way I see it, most folks would want to choose their tire anyways, depending on their home tails.

    Perhaps work out something with a shop when ordering a bike to switch out tires? They may work with you.


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    Yeah, lose the stock tires. I've got a 2012 Fish elite and going from the Bontrager 29-4 which I ran tubeless with no issues to Schwalbe Hans Dampf tubeless made a world of difference. Better grip, better ride. Only other changes were a shorter stem, saddle, and seatpost. Great bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grundy1973 View Post
    How do you go about sizing the fish Marv? Did you drop a frame size compared with a 26er?
    Yes, I picked on the small size of my range. My ideal size on a 26" is 16", but have varied on both sides of that. I went with a 15.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chargerfan View Post
    Perhaps work out something with a shop when ordering a bike to switch out tires? They may work with you.
    The shop was great, and that's exactly what I did. They stock the Bontrager 29-3 TLR Team Issue, so I went with those. They get positive reviews.

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    We need pics Marv, pics pics pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madmick View Post
    Here's a photo of the new 2013 Rumblefish Pro

    Got it on demo for the day here in the Uk from my local bike shop they had only built it up the day before i picked it up

    It's my first time on a 29er and first impression is wow great ride

    nice peace of kit and the new Fox Climb-Trail-Descent shocks work really well
    Hey Madmick

    Which LBS was that? - I'd like to see one in the flesh.

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    beautiful looking bike

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    All Terrain Cycles up at Saltaire, Bradford UK

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    they have looked after me a few times with demo bikes and been lucky enough to get three that were brand new and i had first ride on them

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    Quote Originally Posted by de lars cuevas View Post
    ps: Why not a close out sale model? The 2012 colors are soooooooo much better :-)
    I agree, the 2013 Pro looks a hell of lot like my missus' 2012 Fuel Ex 7 (colour wise)



    wheras the 2012 Elite just looks horn





    just my opinion though
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    I'll give them a call.

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    they have looked after me a few times with demo bikes and been lucky enough to get three that were brand new and i had first ride on them

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    I just went through extensively testing every 29er I could get my hands on.

    XC Race: Trek Superfly 100, Specialized Epic, Niner Jet
    XC: Kona Hei Hei, Khs Bajada
    XC/ Trail: Trek Rumblefish, Specialized Camber
    Trail/ All Mountain: Specialized Stumpjumper

    And as of now I will be getting a Trek Rumblefish pro.
    I ride what I call aggressive cross country, single track some jumps I come from bmx and do not sit down much. The Trek Rumblefish and Specialized Camber were my top choices. They both road very similarly, and have similar geometry the chainstay is 2mm diff, and bottom bracket height is 3mm diff, and there head angles at 69.8 for the RF and 70 for the camber. The ride is slack enough to not be twitchy but still steep enough to be responsive and agile. The Specialized Camber has a longer reach by about .5 inch which is a plus for me, allowing for a size smaller giving more clearance. The suspension is what tilts it to the Rumblefish, the extra travel is appreciated and access to better component levels at a reasonable price on a aluminum frame seals the deal. The pro comes with full XT and better shocks than the elite which has a SLX/XT mix. If I get a chance I would like to try the Salsa Horsethief and Tomac Diplomat.

    The Specialized Stumpjumper has slacker angles with a head angle at 69 and also has more travel. The Scott Genius and lenzsport Mammoth looks similar, but I have not tried them. To get a higher level component package with the Stumpjumper requires going carbon.

    The XC Race bikes had head angles around 71 which seemed a bit quick for my liking. For the XC bikes, the Kona was less twitchy with a 70 degree head angle and has a new stiffer rear end for with a shorter chainstay for 2013, and the khs was not a race bike.

    Looking over warranty information where the XC/ Trail and Trail/ All Mountain bikes are classification 4 the XC Race and XC bikes are rated as classification 3 which stipulate the bike rarely leaving the ground. :\ Class 5 is north shore/big air and class 4 is some jumps, so, when they rate a bike class 3 and talk about not jumping and staying on the ground I think that's what they mean. I could not find Niner's listing or warranty information
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    I've had my '13 Rumblefish elite for a few days now! And I love it! It does everything my old fuel did, but climbs better!

    Here's a pic of the elite color, I was worried online. But in person it looks great! Sorry the pic isn't great! I'll add another soon.
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    Are the hubs green too?

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    No the hubs are just black.

    The bike is loads of in though, it just carries through everything! Thought I'd post one more pic. It's not much better, but it shows more of the bike.
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    not sure if i like the green part of the colour but the bike looks very good

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    I'm really leaning toward the RF elite. I like the suspension components and dropper post on the pro, but It's really a bit out of my price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VFRLuke View Post
    I'm really leaning toward the RF elite. I like the suspension components and dropper post on the pro, but It's really a bit out of my price range.
    Yea.. It was a bit out of my range as well. And the SLX components perform really well!
    A KS LEV will end up being my first upgrade...

    Also the redesigned Bontrager 29-3 tires are great! I'm a huge fan of Bontrager tires, the 29-4 is a great front tire and these 3's are basically the 29-4 with less tread. They stick real well and roll fast as well! But as winter gets closer I'll probably throw the 29-4 upfront for better traction in the degrading conditions.

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    Anyone know if the rumblefish is at the cycle show in the UK this weekend?

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    It's hard to justify the Pro over the Elite... you can easily buy a dropper post for less and I'm not really sure there's a performance reason for XT over SLX (although the Elite crank is lame).

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    Hey guys, anyone know the stem length and bar width on the 2013 fish?

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    On the 17.5 RF Elite

    Stem: 60mm

    Bars: 720mm wide

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    Demoed about 5 bikes today and the RF pro was the one I.liked the most. The elite is more in my price range though. Is there really $1200 difference between the 2?

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    I think technically closer to $1100. The Pro primarily gets you a dropper post, fancy coating on the shock, more xt parts--especially crank, slightly better wheels. I think the Elite is a better value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarvinK View Post
    I think technically closer to $1100. The Pro primarily gets you a dropper post, fancy coating on the shock, more xt parts--especially crank, slightly better wheels. I think the Elite is a better value.
    $1250 is the difference in msrp. But yeah, it seems like you get a lot more bang for the buck with the elite. I do want a dropper post though.

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    OK, finally got around to uploading some pics.
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    My daughter is pretty sure it's her size... :P

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    Bike looks great Marv. I thought the elite came with the standard xt rear mech but I see you have a shadow plus on there. Did it come standard or did you upgrade?

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    I worked out a deal with the local shop... I think it should come standard, but then... I also think it should come with tubeless-ready tires.

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    I just ordered one of these. Is the xt shadow plus a worthwhile upgrade?

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    Only if you can get a sweet deal... it's nice because it basically eliminates chain slap, but probably no performance gain. If you ride a lot of rough stuff and want a quiet chain, it's worth it.

    I think a dropper post (still trying to decide which one to get) and tubeless tires are better performance upgrades.
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    I definitely want a dropper post. I didn't realize the rear deraileur wasn't the plus. Ill see how noisy it is first.

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    So I'm thinking about upgrading the wheels as my first upgrade to my '13 RF Elite. Just wanted to see what you all would recommend on this bike. Should I stick with the Bontrager TLR system or go to something like Stans or DT Swiss?

    I want to go to a lighter wheel, but I want it to still be strong. Strength is the most important aspect, so I'm just looking for something stronger and lighter than the stock Duster wheels.

    Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbcville View Post
    So I'm thinking about upgrading the wheels as my first upgrade to my '13 RF Elite. Just wanted to see what you all would recommend on this bike. Should I stick with the Bontrager TLR system or go to something like Stans or DT Swiss?

    I want to go to a lighter wheel, but I want it to still be strong. Strength is the most important aspect, so I'm just looking for something stronger and lighter than the stock Duster wheels.

    Any suggestions?
    just ride it and be happy,its a great bike!

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    I stuck with the Bontrager tires/wheels (upgraded to tubeless ready tires) on my EX8 and used Stans sealant. Works great!

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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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    New version of Bontrager 29-2 and 29-3

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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
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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.

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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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