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  1. #1
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    2019 RSD Middle Child Thoughts?

    Hi! I am new to MTB and have been researching bikes for a couple months. I have narrowed it down to the RSD Middle Child. I was previously going back and forth bewteen the Santa Cruz Chameleon R+ and the Whyte 905, but there were a couple things I didn't like about each of those. The RSD MC seems to combine the things I liked most about each bike. It takes the short, adjustable chainstays and cool looks from the Chameleon and the slack HT angle/steep ST angle from the 905. The wheelbase and reach are right in between the two bikes which is what I wanted. Also, the components are much much better than both other bikes. And of course, it's steel, so it should be a smoother ride. The only thing I am worried about is the weight. It is 30.5lbs with a dropper, but I could take off about a pound if I put on a 2.6" recon and high roller II. The total price would be $2660 (after a 5% discount) which isn't that much more than the SC, which comes out to about $2500 w/ tax. So I have two questions:

    1. What are your opinions on the RSD MC as an all mountain bike?
    2. Would you recommend swapping out the 2.8" minions with the tires I mentioned above?

    • https://rsdbikes.com/portfolio/middlechild-cr-mo/
    • Main Features:
      • Chromoly Steel
      • HT angle: 64.5 degrees
      • ST angle: 74 degrees
      • Chainstay: 415 - 430
      • BB height: 320
      • Reach: 465 (large)
      • Wheelbase: 1203 (large)
      • Fork: Rockshox Pike RC 140mm
      • Cockpit: Raceface Turbine
      • Drivetrain: Shimano XT
      • Brakes: Shimano XT
      • Dropper: KS Lev Integra
      • Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF & DHR II sC Maxx Terra EXO TR (27.5" x 2.8")
      • Complete Bike Weight: 30.5 lbs


  2. #2
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    thats actually a really solid build spec on that bike. would get you a few years of progression and its always best to learn on a hardtail so you pay more attention to line choice. the minions are great tires, the only thing youd gain by switching them would be a little less weight and a little less rolling resistance, but more than likely youd lose a little grip in the corners. i say buy it and shred it
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    I say go for it too! I just bought a Middle Child (bought frame and built it up). Hopefully I'll get it out this weekend and will let you know how it rides. I researched all-mountain hardtail frames for a while, and kept coming back to the RSD. That does look like a nice build spec too. You definitely won't need to upgrade things because they're not good enough. I also agree with trekninja: I'd leave the tires on there to start, and maybe switch the rear later to gain a little more speed. I'll be running a 2.6 Rekon rear and 2.5 DHF front.

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    Ok. My Middle Child should arrive tomorrow and my first ride will be on Tuesday. I'll definitely let you know how I like it! Definitely let me know what you think about yours as well!

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