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    Trek 29er's roll call

    Hi Folks, I just picked up a 2012 Trek Mamba and wanted to create a thread strictly on the Trek 29er lineup. Goal is to have a one to go thread to learn more about our bikes instead of checking each thread on different build ups. This way we can get to know more of our bikes and see what others are doing as far as upgrades. Ill start off first:

    Owner: Norm
    Location: Bay Area, Ca
    Bike/Setup: 2012 Trek Mamba all stock but looking to upgrade.
    How long have you owned it: 1 month
    Thoughts so far: Awesome bike and climbs like a goat compared to my 2011 Giant Revel.
    Cons so far: None that I can think of
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    Sweet looking bike if it wasn't a 29er!

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    Norm!

    I have the same bike......picked mine up a few months ago. So far, I love it.
    I still need to swap out the pedals & seat, but it's a great ride.

    I still don't get all the 29'er hating though.....I saw a sticker at a local trail with "29'er" circled and a line through it....a bike is a bike to me.
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    Lightweights can't handle those big lovely wheels!


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    my Marlin

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    2012 Trek Superfly 100 Elite
    Pretty much all stock for now.
    Owned about a month.
    Loving this bike so far. Climbs well and is super fast. Handles much better than any other bike I've ridden to date.


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    2012 Trek Cobia
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    Sweet bikes everyone. Limey Johnson, that marlin looks sharp in that color. I was skeptical at first when I first saw it but yours looks sweet! Are those stock handlebars? I am thinking about swapping mine out but not sure what to get. It feels to wide for me and I notice my forearms hurt after a ride. I know I can cut it but wanted to know if it would be better to swap it out for more comfort and also to shed some weight. Any recommendations anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncruz408 View Post
    Hi Folks, I just picked up a 2012 Trek Mamba and wanted to create a thread strictly on the Trek 29er lineup. Goal is to have a one to go thread to learn more about our bikes instead of checking each thread on different build ups. This way we can get to know more of our bikes and see what others are doing as far as upgrades. Ill start off first:

    Owner: Norm
    Location: Bay Area, Ca
    Bike/Setup: 2012 Trek Mamba all stock but looking to upgrade.
    How long have you owned it: 1 month
    Thoughts so far: Awesome bike and climbs like a goat compared to my 2011 Giant Revel.
    Cons so far: None that I can think of
    Ncruz408 question why did u choose this bike and not get the Trek x-Caliber. Was it a money issue due to the x-caliber being more money? The reason I ask because I am in the market in getting me a Trek and torn between the Mamba or X-Caliber. I compare them both and the big major difference is the fork the X- Caliber is better.

    Thanks

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    Yea money was the issue and I did not want to spend too much on my first 29er since I am new to the scene. I love my mamba and I think it is a really good platform to build up on. If money is not an issue and u plan racing with the bike than the X Cal will be ur choice. For now I am a weekend warrior but I definetly getting addicted to the game

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncruz408 View Post
    Yea money was the issue and I did not want to spend too much on my first 29er since I am new to the scene. I love my mamba and I think it is a really good platform to build up on. If money is not an issue and u plan racing with the bike than the X Cal will be ur choice. For now I am a weekend warrior but I definetly getting addicted to the game
    Well my idea is to get one of these trek to ride on the streets going on long rides. I know these bike are not for street but I love MTB. I have the Specialized Stumpjumper Expect Evo 29er on layaway. So I want to get a cheaper bike to start riding now..

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    so I will have one for street and the stumperjumper for trails..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncruz408 View Post
    Sweet bikes everyone. Limey Johnson, that marlin looks sharp in that color. I was skeptical at first when I first saw it but yours looks sweet! Are those stock handlebars? I am thinking about swapping mine out but not sure what to get. It feels to wide for me and I notice my forearms hurt after a ride. I know I can cut it but wanted to know if it would be better to swap it out for more comfort and also to shed some weight. Any recommendations anyone?
    stock bars. They seem to fit me. My longest ride has been 4 hours, without any strain.
    2012 Trek Marlin BB7's / SD-7's, G3's, and Kenda Nevegals


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    Quote Originally Posted by StumpjumperHulk View Post
    so I will have one for street and the stumperjumper for trails..
    yea i was thinking about making a 29er commuter as well.

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    I picked up my 2012 Mamba, identical to the OP's, on Wednesday. Already got it dirty and scratched. So far, I love it.

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    I've got the 12 X-Cal with some Schwalbe Mondial 700x40's on it and it's a great commuter setup. Completely different feel than the stock balloon tires.

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    2012 Superfly Pro - stock with XTR pedals and RXL bar ends:


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    Pictures of the X-Cal and the new Schwalbe Mondials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhatBoyG View Post
    Pictures of the X-Cal and the new Schwalbe Mondials.
    NICE!!!! How does it ride? Any short review you can provide? I am thinking about building a 29er commuter in the future...

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    I think it rides nice, pretty fast too with the narrow tires. Weighs 27 pounds, which isn't bad considering the front suspension. Mine is the 19" size. I don't really have a lot of bikes to compare too, seems more durable than the FX line to me. Plus it's nice to be able to switch tires and go trail riding.

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    Awesome bikes!

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    2012 Trek Marlin!

    Owner: Matt
    Location: DC Metro area
    Bike/Setup: 2012 Trek Marlin all stock. New pedals this weekend!
    How long have you owned it: 1 hour
    Thoughts so far: Ride report pending.
    Cons so far: It's dark outside.
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    Hi fellow Trek dudes and dudettes!

    Here's my weekday warrior:

    Owner: Wheeliam
    Location: Japan
    Bike/Setup: 2011 GF Collection Sawyer. Singlespeed. Schwalbe Big Orange. Titec J-bar.
    How long have you owned it: 3 months
    Thoughts so far: I use it everyday as a commuter bike. I occasionally use it on trails when my scheds permit me. Itís kinda heavy (due to big apples and handle bar) unlike when she was stock but itís just okay because these tyres and bars give tremendous amount of comfort to me not to mention she makes me faster on paved road. I've changed the saddle before but put back this black bontrager (Selle Italia SLR gives better smile on my back though).
    Cons so far: Heavy as tank. Dull color. The battleship gray looks dull to me so Iím making her stealthy black soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheeliam View Post
    Hi fellow Trek dudes and dudettes!

    Here's my weekday warrior:

    Owner: Wheeliam
    Location: Japan
    Bike/Setup: 2011 GF Collection Sawyer. Singlespeed. Schwalbe Big Orange. Titec J-bar.
    How long have you owned it: 3 months
    Thoughts so far: I use it everyday as a commuter bike. I occasionally use it on trails when my scheds permit me. Itís kinda heavy (due to big apples and handle bar) unlike when she was stock but itís just okay because these tyres and bars give tremendous amount of comfort to me not to mention she makes me faster on paved road. I've changed the saddle before but put back this black bontrager (Selle Italia SLR gives better smile on my back comfort though).
    Cons so far: Heavy as tank. Dull color. The battleship gray looks dull to me so Iím making her stealthy black soon.

    SWEET!

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    I am looking into my first upgrades for my Trek Mamba but not sure where to look. I was thinking of hitting the drive train first so that I can lose some weight and at the same time hopefully make it easier for me to climb hills. I an looking into the Shimano LX FC-M582 Crankset at JensonUSA.com and Shimano HG61 12-36 29Er Cassette at JensonUSA.com or should I wait until my current drive train wear out and upgrade to the SLX? Since drivetrains do wear out should I invest in the cockpit and seat to make more of a comfortable ride first? Not sure where to start. Any ideas?

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