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    If you could have 3 bikes what would they be?

    If you could have any 3 types of mtbs...one of which is not a hard tail...what would they be?

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    The one's I have now. 15 nomad, 10/14 951 and my singlespeed..crap that's a hardtail.
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    I think he said types of bikes.

    So....
    1) Short travel 29er with low/slack/long front/short rear geometry (ie Following, M429 Trail, RipleyLS,)
    2) Trail/AM 27.5 with 140-160mm of rear travel for all around agressive riding/trip bike (ie Knolly Warden, Ibis HD3, GG megatrail, Turner Burner, Mach 6)
    3) Big hit AM/Enduro/FR 26er or 27.5 with 160-180mm rear travel for parks and more gnarly terrain, but that can still be pedaled (Knolly Chilcotin, Liteville 601, Nomad, and couple that don't exist... New 27.5" Delirium or 27.5" RFX )

    No need for a DH bike since no lift served trails within 250 miles.... but if I lived close to a resort then that would take the place #3.......maybe).


    With the wide range of capabilities of each of the examples in my three categories there's a ton of overlap so I really think it would be overkill to have three bikes.... but if I had to have three, that's what I'd do.
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    I'm actually dealing with this right now. I have the first two which are amazing at fullfilling 99% of all the riding I want to do but...

    1. Form Prevail
    2. Ibis Ripley
    3. Either a proper FS fat bike (for more traction), or a gravel bike (to try riding the canals. The canals seem like it may be less boring and dangerous then just riding with cars on the street).

    The way I see the third bike is a 1% bike. Only gonna use it once in awhile, maybe just 1%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by norembe View Post
    If you could have any 3 types of mtbs...
    1 Mountain bike
    2Mountain Bike
    3Mountain Bike

    The OP was too vague.

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    3 vassago optimus Ti's
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    one cross country geared
    one set up for gravel roads with rigid fork and bigger rings...

    ha ha... all 3 hardtails....

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    Yep, the three that I have now cover it all and for the first time ever, I have no desire to sell any to try something new

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    I'm lucky to have what I want. I'm a Transition junky:

    TOP dirtjump hardtail
    TransAM 29er singlespeed hardtail
    Scout 27.5 trail
    TR500 DH

    Of course you know the formula, you need as many bikes as you have +1. The plus one would probably be a 6" all mountain bike like the Patrol.
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    1. Full Squish DW XC for all purpose mtb adventure - e.g., Turner Czar (I have this one) or Pivot 429SL
    2. Ti HT 29er granny geared for climbing - e.g., Optimus Ti (I have this too) 26x11/42
    3. Gravel Grinder CX type - like a Seven Evergreen SL or maybe Pivot Vault

    I guess the last one is technically a hard tail, but most bikes in this category have more compliance built into the frame so I'm hoping that I get the benefit of the doubt on that. I drank the cool aid and ordered a 29+ about 3 months ago. If you'd asked me then I would have said that. If/when I ever get it, maybe I'll sell it and buy a GG. Most of my riding is well suited to the first two categories, and of course my road bike. But I always seem to get some wild hair for a niche bike, like, "hey what if I got a Pinarello Dogma tricked out for pump track." Amazing that I've avoided a fat bike for so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    I think he said types of bikes.

    So....
    1) Short travel 29er with low/slack/long front/short rear geometry (ie Following, M429 Trail, RipleyLS,)
    2) Trail/AM 27.5 with 140-160mm of rear travel for all around agressive riding/trip bike (ie Knolly Warden, Ibis HD3, GG megatrail, Turner Burner, Mach 6)
    3) Big hit AM/Enduro/FR 26er or 27.5 with 160-180mm rear travel for parks and more gnarly terrain, but that can still be pedaled (Knolly Chilcotin, Liteville 601, Nomad, and couple that don't exist... New 27.5" Delirium or 27.5" RFX )

    No need for a DH bike since no lift served trails within 250 miles.... but if I lived close to a resort then that would take the place #3.......maybe).


    With the wide range of capabilities of each of the examples in my three categories there's a ton of overlap so I really think it would be overkill to have three bikes.... but if I had to have three, that's what I'd do.
    Someone has the wrong bike on order...

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    Stopped reading once the foolish OP ruled out hard-tails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball View Post
    Stopped reading once the foolish OP ruled out hard-tails.
    +1...Have to have the HT in the mix! Preferably SS.

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    I don't know what you guys are reading... 3 Types of bikes, at least 1 cannot be a hardtail... The OP say's nothing close to "no HTs."
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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball View Post
    Stopped reading once the foolish OP ruled out hard-tails.
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    Agreed. So in other words, the OP is saying, at a minimum one of the three needs to be a FS.
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    in my dreams...

    all hardtails. not sorry.

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    Sorry should have been more clear... any 3 types of mtbs but they can't all be HT's. Bad way to word it. I know that some of you like Raybum would just choose HT SS, HT SS, & HT SS

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobo_krkk_NIN View Post
    Someone has the wrong bike on order...
    No, because I'm dealing with a two bike stable in which case I would go:

    1: Knolly Endorphin 27.5" (although I must admit, a short travel 29er like the Following or a new Knolly equivalent could occupy this spot as well)
    2: Knolly Chilcotin or suitable replacement when it's time to upgrade like a new Delirium 27.5 or 27.5" RFX (spy shots for both have recently been posted).
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    DH bike, trail bike 130-150 travel, DJ bike (My SS HT)
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    1. All purpose snappy, pedal friendly, mid-travel trail bike. Could be 29er like a TBLTc , or a 275, like the 5010.

    2. AM, or enduro bike, like the Mach 6.

    3. DH bike.


    If I had to pick only one bike it would be the M6 with two wheel sets. That thing can handle anything from trail to lift assist, and do it well.



    Pretty much what I have now. I sure am lucky. Loved the big hoops when I moved from 26 to 29, but now that my style has evolve and our trails are tight and full of features to play and pop on, I'm leaning toward the 275. Previously, when my trails were spread out, and rides were super long and epic, I favored the 29er.

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    1: Salsa El Maricachi SS
    2: Trek Fuel EX 9 29er (2016)
    3: Still waiting for all the 16's to be released

    I can't have just 3. I have a bike buying problem

    I like having a Hardtail (SS)
    I am waiting for the 16's to come out to get my 140ish travel bike
    and looking for a DH bike. why not lol
    Too Many .

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    It would be hard to pin down a brand/model, but speaking in generalities:

    1) 140-150mm travel, long front center, slack-ish HTA FS bike. curious about +sized tires.
    2) Fatbike. nothing fancy, but well dressed- XT, nice wheels.
    3) gravel grinder/CX. maybe Ti framed. prob not carbon.

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    An AM hardtail like a Yelli Screamy, a rigid steel SS 29er and a fatbike.

    *checks garage* Yep, all there.

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    My BMC Trailfox does everything I need it to. My second bike is a cross bike. It does everything else. I guess if I had to get a third, maybe a DJ bike for pump tracks.
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    1. 100-120mm FS XC 29er
    2. 140-150mm FS All Mountain/Enduro 27.5
    3. Rigid SS 29er or 27+

    I think a rigid SS 27+ will be replacing my 29er as soon as I find a frame that I like.

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    If you could have 3 bikes what would they be?

    I'm pretty happy with my two steeds. Giant trance advance 1 and a trek stache 5 29+.

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    Honestly, I'd be happy with just one. Carbon frame/wheels, 29", 4" travel but "slacker" head angle--67, 68... 1*10 electric shifting, tubeless and son on...
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    Sort of became a Canfield fanboy lately so here's my list
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeeter97 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by flymybike View Post
    That's my current 3 bikes.
    Not fair you've sort of got an inside track on those bikes


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeeter97 View Post
    Not fair you've sort of got an inside track on those bikes


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    If you could have 3 bikes what would they be?

    I have 3:
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    just what I have

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    No HT's??? How many squishy bikes does one actually need?
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