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    Best trail bike for riding 7/10's for when you just want to go for a relaxing ride

    I remember my old Trek Rumblefish - called it my Cadillac because of the comfortable ride. Sure did bob when peddling though. I've been riding a Pivot 429 Trail for a couple years, definitely a better pedaling platform. But, this bike likes to be riden hard. When riding at 9/10's or 10/10's the suspension eats the bumps and works. When just riden more sedately, it just isn't satisfying. More sag, less sag. More tokens, less tokens, I might be too light at 155lbs to get this bike to work right for relaxed riding. DW link suspension also is not the best design for comfort.
    I was looking at the new Cannondale Habit as it is oriented at more novice riders and has a four-bar suspension which should be more plush, but this bike seems to have no enthusiasm from the community.
    Seems like all the new bikes are being designed for long, low, slack and attack riding.
    Any suggestions on bikes I should check out?

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    I've heard that the Giant Trance is on the more comfortable part of the spectrum.
    Riding Washington State singletrack since 1986

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    Giant was off my radar - I'll check it out. Thanks for the feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrider1 View Post
    I remember my old Trek Rumblefish - called it my Cadillac because of the comfortable ride. Sure did bob when peddling though. I've been riding a Pivot 429 Trail for a couple years, definitely a better pedaling platform. But, this bike likes to be riden hard. When riding at 9/10's or 10/10's the suspension eats the bumps and works. When just riden more sedately, it just isn't satisfying. More sag, less sag. More tokens, less tokens, I might be too light at 155lbs to get this bike to work right for relaxed riding. DW link suspension also is not the best design for comfort.
    I was looking at the new Cannondale Habit as it is oriented at more novice riders and has a four-bar suspension which should be more plush, but this bike seems to have no enthusiasm from the community.
    Seems like all the new bikes are being designed for long, low, slack and attack riding.
    Any suggestions on bikes I should check out?
    That new Habit is a totally RAD bike. Not sure what the basis is for you to be suggesting that this bike is "oriented at more novice riders".

    Best trail bike for riding 7/10's for when you just want to go for a relaxing ride-fullsizeoutput_98.jpeg

    EDIT: Hmmm...a very lacklustre review below. Maybe not as RAD as I had thought...


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    It's funny, the 2019 Habit is a totally new bike for Cannondale, but in the Cannondale forum it's crickets. I like symmetry and the balanced rear wheel dish makes sense to me. But, yeah, not such good press and it's not particularly light.
    From what I've been reading though, the four bar rear suspension is plusher. And I can still remember the plushness of the coil spring fork on the 2001 Specialized FSR Comp I once had.

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    I know a few VERY good sponsored riders who are very high on the new Habit. My LBS sells C-Dale and everyone there is pretty stoked about it. I am going to try to demo one if I can to see for myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrider1 View Post
    It's funny, the 2019 Habit is a totally new bike for Cannondale, but in the Cannondale forum it's crickets. I like symmetry and the balanced rear wheel dish makes sense to me. But, yeah, not such good press and it's not particularly light.
    From what I've been reading though, the four bar rear suspension is plusher. And I can still remember the plushness of the coil spring fork on the 2001 Specialized FSR Comp I once had.
    It seems to me the new C-Dale MTB's are suffering from an image issue caused by bikes from the past. C-Dale global marketing manager Vernon Felton (former writer and editor at Pink Bike and Bike) has his work cut out for him.

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    The Habit might be worth a look. Also check out the Trek Fuel EX.

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    The problem with sponsored riders is that they are very good and like riding at 10/10's all the time. A bike set up for them will not give the relaxed/comfortable suspension setup I'm looking for a casual after work ride. I've been looking at Vorsprung's shock and fork kits - this might be an option for modifying my 429trail. But, I know that the DW link rear suspension of the 429trail will never be plush.

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    Thanks, I will. I was going to look at Trek before I got my Pivot 429trail, but the local dealer wanted $100 for a test ride. I got to try several other bikes (Pivot, Ibis, Niner, and a couple others) on demo days so never did try a modern Trek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 410sprint View Post
    C-Dale global marketing manager Vernon Felton (former writer and editor at Pink Bike and Bike) has his work cut out for him.
    When did Vernon move on from Specialized? I miss him at pink bike very much. (Very sorry for thread jack)

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    Quote Originally Posted by unrealityshow View Post
    When did Vernon move on from Specialized? I miss him at pink bike very much. (Very sorry for thread jack)
    I think he left in the spring of last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrider1 View Post
    I've been looking at Vorsprung's shock and fork kits - this might be an option for modifying my 429trail. But, I know that the DW link rear suspension of the 429trail will never be plush.
    Tuning is an option, but you run a risk of spending the $ and not getting the desired result. FWIW, I tried everything to get a Pivot 429c DW rear end to be more "plush", it took a shock rebuild and custom tune from Push to get it even close to what I was looking for. In the end, I moved to a Tall Boy and never looked back, until I recently rode the updated 5010.... wow!

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    Very pertinent feedback - thanks. Regarding the 5010, was it a bike that felt compliant when riding at 7/10's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrider1 View Post
    Very pertinent feedback - thanks. Regarding the 5010, was it a bike that felt compliant when riding at 7/10's?
    Yes, it was very smooth at all intensity levels.

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