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    RSD Middle Child Build

    Hi all,
    I just put a deposit on an aluminum RSD Middle Child frame that I plan to build up. I think I will go with the 29x2.6 wheel format. This will replace a carbon full suspension bike I just sold....As the bikes in my sig suggest, I generally love hardtails.

    RSD Middle Child aluminum frame
    Rockshox Pike RC/140mm
    Spank Oozy 395+/Hope Pro4
    Shimano XT 11 speed/SRAM XG1150 cassette
    Shimano M6000 brakes

    Shaving a few corners (brakes, cranks) and using some spare parts, I can come in around $2500-$2600. I know I can just get the steel complete, but I really love a slightly lighter bike and the raw aluminum color....

    If I love the bike, maybe I sell the Stache

    What is a good, reasonably priced dropper?

    Gman
    2020 Giant Trance 29
    2018 Jamis Dragonslayer
    2018 Orbea Alma
    1998 Trek 930

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    Also, I pre-ordered a Medium, but am considering the large. I currently have a Stache 5 in size m/l (18.5) and the numbers are close with the M RSD, with the RSD slightly longer. The Stache is not too large at all. It doesn't appear that there is a large gap between the medium and large RSD, either could be made to work. I'm 5'9" with long torso, and generally fit 18-19" frames. 17" frames generally feel cramped.

    The ETT and Reach on the Large RSD is slightly over half an inch longer than Medium, should I go large?
    Gman
    2020 Giant Trance 29
    2018 Jamis Dragonslayer
    2018 Orbea Alma
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grodyman View Post
    Also, I pre-ordered a Medium, but am considering the large. I currently have a Stache 5 in size m/l (18.5) and the numbers are close with the M RSD, with the RSD slightly longer. The Stache is not too large at all. It doesn't appear that there is a large gap between the medium and large RSD, either could be made to work. I'm 5'9" with long torso, and generally fit 18-19" frames. 17" frames generally feel cramped.

    The ETT and Reach on the Large RSD is slightly over half an inch longer than Medium, should I go large?
    Gman
    I prefer a smaller frame / shorter seattubes so I can get dropped out of way when descending so I would vote medium.

    Droppers -

    Budget - CRC has the brandx dropper - they are not sexy, remote is flimsy but functional, but are cheap and I have one on my bike i use for riding with the kids that has been more then functional.

    Curiosity - the new pnw components dropper looks really good. Also the one-up v2.1.

    No budget. - bikeyoke revive. Easily the best dropper I have come across (other then a handful that have failed at the seat clamp on the interwebs). Failures appear to be related to improper clamping (backwards?) But i keep an eye on mine for cracks just in case. It's like checking your tire pressure. But man is that post sweet.

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    I pre-ordered a steel MC frame last fall and it looks like it should be here next week. I'm just under 6' and ordered a large. I have a Brand-X 150mm dropper for it that I got from CRC on some kind of super sale. I suspect it's the same as the perfectly functional TranzX that came on my Norco. The lever even looks the same.

    I'll also set it up 11 speed XT/SLX and probably throw some M6000's on it for brakes. Doing 27.5x2.8 for summer and have studded 29x2.8 cake eaters for winter (hopefully the rear fits, they actually measure 2.6)

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    I am going to try the new PNW Ranier, we will see how it fares. I ordered 35mm rims, but am second guessing them for 2.6 tires. A lot of options when building, I could have went 12 speed, but Hope hubs can be converted to microspline eventually if I want. I will probably stick with the Medium. I'll keep an eye on this thread and post pics on the finished product.

    I spent a little more than I could have ordered the steel complete for, but I was able to customize it with the parts I wanted and spec'd shorter cranks, I hate pedal strikes.

    Gman
    2020 Giant Trance 29
    2018 Jamis Dragonslayer
    2018 Orbea Alma
    1998 Trek 930

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    I got a PNW Rainer in Jan. It works flawlessly. Returns quick enough and has not gotten stuck.

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