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    Short travel trail/xc 27.5 bikes

    I have been riding a fs 29er for the last 2 years (Kona Process 111). I recently got some seat time on a 27.5 bike, and it really made me miss the quick acceleration and nimble handling of the smaller tires. I am looking to get a short travel bike with short chainstays and wheelbase that is not too slack, as my trails are twisty with steep, short, and punchy climbs. I have found that this isn't the easiest bike to find. Most 27.5 bikes are found on the all mountain side of the spectrum, as most xc or light trail bikes are 29ers. The best example I have found is the Giant Anthem. Are there other bikes worth looking at in this category? I want a bike that climbs and pedals well. Thanks!

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    Turner Flux?

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    2019 Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt non BC edition is 130/130mm and fast and nimble as anything in that travel range.
    Yeti SB130
    Yeti SB100
    Yeti SB5.5
    Trans Sentinel
    Ibis Ripmo
    Yeti SB4.5
    Orbea Rallon
    Devinci Spartan
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    Intense spider 27.5 will fit the bill nicely. Adjustable from 115-130mm

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    Specialized Camber, lovely bike.

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    Norco Revolver
    Scott Spark
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Depends on what size. Some bikes come in 27.5 only in small, xs sizes. Some older years like Norco Revolver have more 27.5, newer models are 29 mostly

    Some on this list are XC some are trail

    Yeti ASR (smaller sizes)
    Knolly Endorphi
    Norco Revolver
    Norco Optic
    Intense Spider (long reach though)
    Pivot Mach 4
    Spark
    Thunderbolt - big difference between 2018 new model and previous
    Top Fuel
    Liv Pique
    Focus has one that beat the Thunderbolt in some European group test
    Transition Scout
    Orbea Occam older model, Orbea Oiz
    Spot Rollik
    Whyte T130 - alloy model comes in XS

    Kona Hei Hei Trail 27.5. This is what I own right now. It has their FUSE suspension so pedals pretty well. Not XC well, but decent. Steep seat tube which I've come to like, a great all around good balance. Though I want a little more XC rocket holligan bike now. So am looking for 100mm rear with 120 front, or 120 rear 120 front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acrmedic View Post
    I have been riding a fs 29er for the last 2 years (Kona Process 111). I recently got some seat time on a 27.5 bike, and it really made me miss the quick acceleration and nimble handling of the smaller tires. I am looking to get a short travel bike with short chainstays and wheelbase that is not too slack, as my trails are twisty with steep, short, and punchy climbs. I have found that this isn't the easiest bike to find. Most 27.5 bikes are found on the all mountain side of the spectrum, as most xc or light trail bikes are 29ers. The best example I have found is the Giant Anthem. Are there other bikes worth looking at in this category? I want a bike that climbs and pedals well. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by party_wagon View Post
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    fs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    fs?
    Steel hardtail. It is comfortable enough to stay in the saddle all day. Short chain stay, 120 fork, 68.5 hta. It's a good bike for tight twisty punchy climbs and drops. The spec build was kind of heavy on them but the frame is pretty light for steel.

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    Yeah. Had one setup SS but it's "steel" not a FS like the op was looking for.
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    +1, Turner Flux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullit21 View Post
    Intense spider 27.5 will fit the bill nicely. Adjustable from 115-130mm
    They are nice nimble bikes with short stays.

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    Can't believe nobody mentioned Pivot Mach 4C. 100 to 130 front suspension and 115 rear. All with dw link suspension. My favorite trails are also twisty single track with short up and downs. My Mach 4C comes in 100mm front fork flavor which gives it 69.3deg head angle. It rips those trails. I am all about nimble bikes. I researched for a long time before buying the bike. My other considerations were Anthem 27.5 and Scott Spark 710. Pivot Mach 4C is a perfect XC/Trail bike.

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    I appreciate all of the responses. There are some great bikes suggested here, some of which I was unfamiliar with like the Turner and Devinci. The Intense Spider and Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt are intriguing with good geometry. Does anyone own one of these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by k^2 View Post
    Can't believe nobody mentioned Pivot Mach 4C. 100 to 130 front suspension and 115 rear. All with dw link suspension. My favorite trails are also twisty single track with short up and downs. My Mach 4C comes in 100mm front fork flavor which gives it 69.3deg head angle. It rips those trails. I am all about nimble bikes. I researched for a long time before buying the bike. My other considerations were Anthem 27.5 and Scott Spark 710. Pivot Mach 4C is a perfect XC/Trail bike.
    I like the sound of this bike, as it really fits the bill. Pivot makes a great bike. I would love to demo one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    Turner Flux?
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    Quote Originally Posted by acrmedic View Post
    I appreciate all of the responses. There are some great bikes suggested here, some of which I was unfamiliar with like the Turner and Devinci. The Intense Spider and Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt are intriguing with good geometry. Does anyone own one of these?
    Yes the spider is my trail bike, nice and snappy and climbs well.

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    The thing about the spider is the reach is so high. 422mm though the 75.5 seat angle might skew that to seem longer than it feels. With a short torso my fear is that the length of it will make it harder to initiate lofting the front wheel even though it has short stays.

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    The Spider is one hell of a bike. Responsive but not twitchy. Stable enough to climb the steep stuff but agile enough to turn on a tick's puss without penetration. One of the things that's most fun about the bike, and speaking of geometry, is the ease at which the front wheel can be floated over obstacles. It can climb fast or slow, and it will bomb with the best of them.

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    5010 V1, 130f/125r suspension travel 68 degree hta, lots of used out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodwoodz View Post
    5010 V1, 130f/125r suspension travel 68 degree hta, lots of used out there
    Yup. Check out the last couple pages of the 5010 picture thread. Several of us have recently built up NOS V1 frames. Perfect for OP's stated purpose.

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