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    Help me choose my first 29er.

    Trying to decide between these 2. They both have their advantages so I'm looking for some advice. Both come in right around $1,050-$1,100. Tried to put the specs together for comparison purposes. Here is what I came up with below.


    2011 Sette Razzo 29er 2.0

    Frame Full 7005 double butted aluminum. Tig welded
    Size(s) 16", 18", 20", 22"
    Fork RockShox Reba RL 80mm
    Shifters SRAM X7 9 speed
    Front Derailleur SRAM X7
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X9 9 speed
    Shifter Cable/Housing Jagwire
    Brake Levers Avid Elixir CR
    Front Brake Avid Elixr CR hydraulic disc with 160mm rotor
    Rear Brake Avid Elixr CR hydraulic disc with 160mm rotor
    Crankset Truvativ Stylo 3.3 44-32-22 175mm all sizes
    Bottom Bracket Truvativ Giga X Pipe
    Cassette Shimano CS-HG61-9 Shimano 29er specific 12-36T
    Chain Sram PC-951
    Headset FSA Orbit XLII 1 1/8 integrated sealed bearing
    Handlebar Sette XLR 31.8mm 660mm wide 20mm rise
    Grips/Tape Sette Type S Lock On, black w/ black clamps
    Stem Sette Edge 31.8mm (16"/90mm, 18"/100mm, 20"/110mm, 22"/120mm)
    Saddle Sette Rez w/cromo rails
    Seatpost Sette APX lightweight alloy 27.2
    Wheelset Mavic 719 Disc Rims/Shimano Deore 29er Hubs/14-15g stainless steel spoke and alloy nipples
    Pedals Shimano PD-M505
    Front Tire Kenda Small Block Eight 29 x 2.1 folding bead
    Rear Tire Kenda Small Block Eight 29 x 2.1 folding bead
    Color(s) Grey with white accents
    Warranty 5 Years



    2012 Cannondale Trail 29er SL2

    Frame Trail SL 29'er, Optimized 6061 alloy, SAVE, 1.5" head tube
    Size(s)
    Fork RockShox Recon Silver TK 29, 80mm, Solo Air, lockout, rebound, 1.5"
    Shifters SRAM X5
    Front Derailleur SRAM X5
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X5, 10-speed
    Shifter Cable/Housing
    Brake Levers Avid Elixir 1
    Front Brake Avid Elixir 1, 160/160mm
    Rear Brake Avid Elixir 1, 160/160mm
    Crankset SRAM S800 3.1, 44/33/22, 175mm (M,L,X)
    Bottom Bracket
    Cassette
    Chain
    Headset Tange 1.5 Custom
    Handlebar Cannondale C3 riser, 680x20mm, 6061 alloy
    Grips/Tape Cannondale alloy locking grips w/closed end
    Stem Cannondale C4, 1.5", 31.8, 7 degree
    Saddle Cannondale Stage 2
    Seatpost Cannondale C3, 31.6x350 (M), 400mm (L,X)
    Wheelset maddux dc 3.0 disc/Formula CDH20 front, Formula CDH22 rear/Stainless Steel, black, 15g
    Pedals FPD Platform
    Front Tire Kenda Small Block 8, 29x2.1"
    Rear Tire Kenda Small Block 8, 29x2.1"
    Color(s)
    Warranty
    Weight

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    Razzo 2.0.
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    I'm in the same position as you and am glad you posted the Sette as I was overlooking this bike. I'm a bit torn, but really leaning towards the Sette. Tough choice.

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    Go with the Sette. Looks like a better build. Also if you upgrade I've found the best upgrade you can do (esp. on a 29er) is a light-weight wheelset/tires. Makes all the difference esp with the larger hoops.

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    thanks for the comments. An advantage of the cannondale of course is that I can touch it at my LBS.....but pricepoint does offer 15 day trails on the sette so I could send it back if needed. Prices would also include tune ups at my LBS which would be out of pocket for the sette plus the little assembly that is needed to get it going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ts8169 View Post
    Go with the Sette. Looks like a better build. Also if you upgrade I've found the best upgrade you can do (esp. on a 29er) is a light-weight wheelset/tires. Makes all the difference esp with the larger hoops.
    absolutely. or fork, but wheels first

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiguan View Post
    thanks for the comments. An advantage of the cannondale of course is that I can touch it at my LBS.....but pricepoint does offer 15 day trails on the sette so I could send it back if needed. Prices would also include tune ups at my LBS which would be out of pocket for the sette plus the little assembly that is needed to get it going.
    This is a great point. The local shop provides way more than just tune-ups and assembly. If this is a factor maybe you want to go Cannondale and forgo the upgraded parts a generic brand name (without the customer service of a local shop) provides. If you like the 29er thing then upgrade to a Cannondale Flash Alloy. Or add a set of Stan's wheels with Racing Ralph Evo Tubeless to your existing. You really can't go wrong with an alloy frame and high-end tubeless wheels. A strong rider can haul on this setup no matter what the derailleur / shifter / fork combo is.

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    Getting too nice out here in the Burgh to not be riding, I placed an order for the Sette today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiguan View Post
    Getting too nice out here in the Burgh to not be riding, I placed an order for the Sette today.
    You chose well.
    Sometimes, you need to go fast enough that the trail is a blur to find clarity. -- Wild Bill

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    I'm interested too although I'm pretty sure I'm going to spend less at first.

    STeve

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    It was hard to beat for $1099 and no tax. Hope they don't have a lazy Friday and get it on the truck.

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    A good review though on the Cannondale Trail SL3 29er from Bikeradar.

    Cannondale Trail SL3 29er Review - BikeRadar

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    I am leaving Mountain Unicycling and moving back to two wheels. An option is to scan craigslist. In the last two weeks with full scans on Craigslist, I found two 29ers that were in the $1000 range, one a Giant Talon and the other a 2009 Novara Ponderosa. Both had been ridden very little.

    I ended up buying the Novara. It had only been ridden three times and it showed it. It was immaculate. No dust or anything between the cogs on the rear cluster. No chainring wear at all. It was spotless and scratch free. I picked it up for 500. With a mild upgrades on a fork and a wheelset, I could be at 1000 including those upgrades. Even if it was just one of those.

    I only mention it, as I think it was a nice inexpensive alternative to get into 29ers if you can't plunk down 1K which IMHO seems to be the cuttoff for low end decent 29ers.

    Having only ridden a early 80's full rigid Mtb's, the Novara feels like heaven, having never ridden anything like it. I don't ride street, so it's all dirt.

    Cheers

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    The Razzo is "out for delivery" yay. Now to figure out a reason to leave work early.

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    I just tell my boss "I got **** to do!". Happy riding and post picks but only after it has dirt on it.
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    Here she is. Had to learn what a presta valve was...haha....its been a while.

    Thanks to pricepoint for a great bike.


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    Looks good. Now throw me a Guinness.

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    guy i work with is looking to buy almost that same bike for similar reasons $$$. hows it ride. I;m not a huge fan of settee but i can't knock them because I've never riden one. I'm a specialized, kona and Ninner fan. personally since he is a first time rider without another bike I've recommended full suspension 29er vs going cheap but it will be his choice.
    women and bikes are my heaven

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    Nice!
    Last edited by crclawn; 03-15-2012 at 10:43 PM.
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    I just picked up a Santa Cruz tallboy aluminum. First niner. Demo'd it on saturday, it was great. Im 6'4", and I dig the big wheels.

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    I love 29rs

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