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    2012 back country Sultan first ride

    What a difference between a 2010 Sultan and a 2012. Though a bit heavier, the 2012 handles way better in the sand and gives the rider a better input in the sweepers. Also changed out forks to a Manitou Tower Pro. I like the ability to have lots of internal adjustments that this fork offers. Weigh of fork w/o axle is 3.75 pounds. I rode a medium Sultan on the 2010 model, the 2012 large has the same effective top tube length within a 10mm. As shown in pic, weight is 28 pounds 12 ounces. True back country setup or Sedona style bike.
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    That blue with white is bad to the bone.

    I've been reluctant to upgrade to the latest Sultan due to geometry differences to my 09. Not sure if the shorter TT would agree with me. Any other notable comparisons ridewise?

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    the Bikes feel very similar but the newer bike descends much better. The effective top
    tube length on the 2010 medium was 23.25 inches, the effective top tube on the 12 model(seat much lower than 10 model) is very close to the same. I did roll the handlebars back a touch. I would say a shorter stem of 10mm would probably make up the difference in the reach. I wish they still had the zip tie cable system, but most people want a bolt and plate to cinch down the cables. The chain guide support thing will probably be ground off. I just run a cheap outer 36 or 38 tooth chainring instead. I like the idea of a bigger bottom headset bearing. Have you thought about demoing a newer model? With the new 12 mill axle, the wheel will always be lined up the same.

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    Dude, that is a nice looking bike. More pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmitch2 View Post
    the Bikes feel very similar but the newer bike descends much better. The effective top
    tube length on the 2010 medium was 23.25 inches, the effective top tube on the 12 model(seat much lower than 10 model) is very close to the same. I did roll the handlebars back a touch. I would say a shorter stem of 10mm would probably make up the difference in the reach. I wish they still had the zip tie cable system, but most people want a bolt and plate to cinch down the cables. The chain guide support thing will probably be ground off. I just run a cheap outer 36 or 38 tooth chainring instead. I like the idea of a bigger bottom headset bearing. Have you thought about demoing a newer model? With the new 12 mill axle, the wheel will always be lined up the same.
    No demos even close to me or I'd be all over it. I do have an XL Czar on order though. Stoked about that!

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