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    I'm Looking For A Long Full Suspension Bike

    I'm in the market for a new full suspension bike. My 2014 Pivot Mach 429 Carbon had a cockpit that was just too short.

    I'm about 5'9" but have a long torso/short legs for my height. I've been demoing some bikes lately (Pivot Switchblade, Orbea Occam, Norco Sight C1, all size M) but they feel only slightly better.

    I've looked at geometry numbers for bikes like a Mondraker Foxy but the $4000 price tag for a frame is eyewatering. But I'd like to find something with similar geometry (size M has a 629mm effective top tube and 470mm reach). The other thing is I hate riding steep seat angle bikes. I can't get the power down.

    Ideally I'm looking for a 64-66deg head angle and 130-150mm travel in the back. Any ideas of what might fit me?

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    Take a peek at the the Nukeproof Reactor 290C RS, not quite 629 but its long...

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    I will, thanks!

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    Do you have a chance to try a size large sight? Geo numbers are similar to my medium stamina

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    I found the Kona Honzo to fit big compared to other companies but it's a Hardtail so Go sit on a Kona Process and see how it feels?

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    Look at both the top tube length along with reach. As seat tubes get steeper and stems get shorter...your body position while seated can be more upright than before.

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    A friend just nabbed a new Kona Hei Hei and says it's long. I'll be taking it for a spin this weekend, and report back.

    I was going to say Mondraker, but agree that a $4k frame is nuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo View Post
    A friend just nabbed a new Kona Hei Hei and says it's long. I'll be taking it for a spin this weekend, and report back.

    I was going to say Mondraker, but agree that a $4k frame is nuts.
    Yup I found the same thing that Kona's fit longer than most bike companies.
    I've ridden a Kona hei hei trail DL, a Kona hei hei, a Kona Honzo and I ended up buying a Kona Satori. They all fit longer than most other bike makers.

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    Cotic has been doing balanced long geo with short stems.

    https://singletrackworld.com/2019/12...t-ride-review/


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    Check out Alchemy I just built one up, still waiting for my dropper for full harder ride and eventual review but initial impressions are good and really like face I could just pick up phone and call them, doesn't hurt they have some great deals right now. There geo is modern aggressive but not overly so, sounds like that is what you are looking for. I

    Also new Alchemy Fans and owners group on FB.
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    I'm borrowing a friend's Hei Hei tomorrow. I'll look up Cotic and Alchemy too. Thanks!

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    Birds are long on paper and seem to have good reviews and happy riders. Also a really good value on paper, but it would be hard to test ride one.

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    I'm Looking For A Long Full Suspension Bike

    Stumpjumper Evo 29er S3 . Im 510 and had the same problem with every previous bike feeling too short when out of the saddle.


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    The Hei Hei was fine but doesn't have as much travel as I'm looking for. It rode nice and climbs well, but after riding some 140/120 and 140/140 bikes, I found more travel to feel nicer.

    I've looked into many of the above recommendations. The Nukeproof has the most appeal but who sells them in the US? Chain Reaction was the only online seller and they're out of stock.

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    I'm Looking For A Long Full Suspension Bike

    Look for bikes with a (relatively) very low standover height and seat tube height across all sizes (Pivot Switchblade?). And then size up to a large for length.
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