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    Does this bike exist?

    Been reading all the threads about a short travel trail bike. But they are still talking about 120-140 rear travel. Is there anything out there with 100 rear travel, maybe 120 up front with trail geometry?
    100 rear, 120 front with a 34 and fairly light would be ideal-lol. I'm average size and old so no jumping etc.

    I have an older Kona Satori, 130 rear and 140 front that still works great for me. And I recently sold an older Salsa Spearfish, it was 80 rear and 120 front. Which was great for 95% of what I ride. And it was about 5 lbs lighter than the Kona.

    Is there anything around now with 100 or so rear travel that is more than just XC geometry? Been out of bikes for a while (I ride often, just not up on the newer stuff). And I'd like to see them in person, so the mail order stuff is probably out. The local shops carry the staples, Trek, Specialized, Santa Cruz etc. Not much around for a used market either.

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    Does this bike exist?

    It sounds like a new xc bike is all you need. Newer xc bikes are far more stable and capable than they used to be. Lots of options, but you probably want one that comes with a 34 or 35mm fork.

    From the brands you listed:

    Santa Cruz blur tr
    Specialized epic evo
    Trek top fuel

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    Only like a thousanty of them. "Downcountry" is the hot category this fall. If you like your Kona, look at the new Hei Hei (although 120).

    If you're hell bent on 100 rear, since the BlurTR was already mentioned, what about Yeti SB100 or RM Element?

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    AH OK, though the sales people in the stores never mentioned any of those models. I'll be looking into this a lot more in the next week or so.

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    I was looking at this category recently before deciding to go with a steel hardtail frame. I was looking for a short travel bruiser and found a good number of frames, some frames built heavier than others. Some already mentioned... here’s the options I found...some a little more rear travel than you’re looking for but they’re in the neighborhood. When you move to a 130mm fork the rear travel tends to bump up a little.

    Salsa spearfish
    Trek Top Fuel
    Kona Hei Hei
    Yeti Sb100
    Pivot 429 Trail
    Banshee Phantom
    SC Blur TR & Tallboy
    Alchemy Arktos ST
    Giant Anthem and Trance
    Etc. etc. etc.

    Have fun shopping and good luck finding something in stock.

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    New 2020 top fuel is extremely light for what it is and a great riding bike. Don’t be afraid of the 115 rear travel. My build (which I am currently riding)will be complete soon once I get the Sid 35mm. It will range between 22.75 pounds and 24.0 lbs depending upon whether it has aspens and a rigid post or the Dropper and something super grippy like foreKasters.

    Also, you basically described the Intense Sniper Trail.

    If you are buying at the top level builds, each of these are ripping light 120 bikes.

    Many other companies make a bike like this but some of them make it in such a heavy trim ( scalpel SE, spark 120*)that you might as well buy a longer travel bike that is lighter such as the Ibis Ripley. In fact, you should try to demo that and a Giant Trance before you go down to a 100/120 bike unless you are using this as your only XC race bike. For ripping Strava segments and trails they all work.







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    Why is 100mm the magic number?

    It's not the amount of travel so much as how it functions ... seems like there's a joke in there

    I wouldn't set an arbitrary travel limit, instead I'd look at bikes that ride the way you want to ride.

    So geo and sizing first, then go from there.
    GG Megatrail 27.5 (Braaap!)
    GG Trail Pistola 27+/29 (speedy)
    Pivot Shuttle 27.5 (wife's)

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    Sounds like the Intense Sniper would fit in there also.

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    Went to a few shops today and they have zero new inventory. They all sold out because of the Covid thing and people getting outside more-lol.

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    TB4 is more of a short travel enduro bike. It's very low/long/slack.
    What, me worry?

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    Well though its not exactly 'short' travel I just bought a 2020 Giant Trance Pro 2. 115 in the rear with a 130 Fox 34 fork. Should be here early next week. Best part, it was $1000 off. Some shop in Kentucky has them.
    Thanks for all the help on here

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    YT Izzo sounds like it might be exactly what you are looking for!

    https://us.yt-industries.com/detail/...Category/73664

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    Soon to be release yeti and transition fit in this category


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    Quote Originally Posted by nickwm21 View Post
    Soon to be release yeti and transition fit in this category


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    Which soon to be released Yeti? Guess I should visit the Yeti forum!

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