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    Evil Offering-New best bike for Santa Cruz area?

    https://www.evil-bikes.com/products/offering
    I'm currently on a wreckoning and often feel a little over biked in Santa Cruz, but I hadn't wanted to be stuck on a bike where I feel underbiked on any local trails. I have been looking at the ripmo and sentinel as possible alternatives, and given that, this new bike is pretty intriguing to me.

    I kind of wish it had a longer fork like the ripmo and sentinel, as well as having the fork using a reduced offset. But I am unsure if those things matter in the grand scheme of things. A 150 forked offering sounds pretty ideal for Santa Cruz to me, where a bike could still be playful on mellower trails, but not get too squirrelly when the trail gets a little more rough. What are all your thoughts on this bike, at least on paper?

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    Yes that is definitely now the best bike for Santa Cruz....

    well, at least until a new, better bike comes out in a few weeks

    Seriously though, I'm not sure where you are riding where you feel overbiked in SC but are afraid you will be under on other "local" trails? - the only place that comes to mind that fits this criteria is maybe Pacifica? - but of course these questions are impossible to answer on the internet since there are just too many other variables. My personal preference is that I prefer to be overbiked rather than under since even most big bikes pedal so well now - however, I find that IMO things are starting to go too long, low, and slack, and lots of new bikes are starting to feel sluggish on anything that is not pointed straight down - but of course others may disagree

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    I recently replaced my Wreckoning with a Sentinel and absolutely love it.

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    The offering looks like a sweet all around sled for what you are after. Killer geo. Itís all about the feel you want, go for less bike if thats what suits you. I ride more bike in the same areas but may be seeking out different sorts of things. I also know guys who smash some serious gnar on TI hard tails. All about the feel you like!


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    Why not consider a Yeti sb130. I just rode one there last week and it was great! Could also go from 150mm to 160mm fork and still be great....

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    Evil approves up to a 160mm fork on the Offering, according to their website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeti575inCA View Post
    Why not consider a Yeti sb130.
    Lots of brand ambassador posts lately...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob-o View Post
    Lots of brand ambassador posts lately...


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    Evil Offering, Pivot Switchblade, Yeti SB130. The holy trinity of mid 29ers. The quality of bikes these days is stunning; it's a good time to be a mountain biker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob-o View Post
    I recently replaced my Wreckoning with a Sentinel and absolutely love it.
    Dude. I thought I had a bike problem!



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    The 120mm trail spec. looks legit!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlloyd007 View Post
    Evil Offering, Pivot Switchblade, Yeti SB130. The holy trinity of mid 29ers. The quality of bikes these days is stunning; it's a good time to be a mountain biker.
    Switchblade is a little outdated geo these days compared to those other two.

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    I'm looking at the SB130, Ripmo, and Knolly Fugitive LT. The Fugitive frame is ~$1K cheaper than the others and not much heavier than the SB130.
    The glass is twice as large as it needs to be

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    Go on the cheeseburger diet, you'll start using all the Wreck's travel soon enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    Switchblade is a little outdated geo these days compared to those other two.
    Agree 100%- in addition the look of the frame with the curved tubes is outdated as well. The ride, however, is insanely great. Rode one last weekend at the Pivot demo day in Scotts Valley, and while I loved the ride, decided I'd never be psyched about how the frame looks. Picked up a Mach 5.5 frame instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy f View Post
    I'm looking at the SB130, Ripmo, and Knolly Fugitive LT. The Fugitive frame is ~$1K cheaper than the others and not much heavier than the SB130.
    I just finished building my Fugitive LT and it's amazing. Climbing, cornering, decending, check, check, check. It is worth looking into.
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    This bike looks great. I really like the geo and for me 140mm travel hits the sweet spot of playful and capable enough for what I ride - Santa Cruz to Downieville.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    Switchblade is a little outdated geo these days compared to those other two.
    What are you seeing as the current trends in 29er trail/enduro geometry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    What are you seeing as the current trends in 29er trail/enduro geometry?
    You honestly donít even have to look at the numbers to be able to tell itís getting outdated, like mlloyd007 said.

    Which would you pick if you knew nothing about the bikes...?



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    Quote Originally Posted by bob-o View Post
    I recently replaced my Wreckoning with a Sentinel and absolutely love it.
    You got a Transition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbd View Post
    You got a Transition?
    Yes, I wanted a more manageable bike for long rides while maintaining capability and the Sentinel has been great. I did a frame and shock swap and it's a couple pounds lighter than my Wreck which is nice but the biggest improvement is how comfortable I feel on this bike. So good.

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    Lots of 29ers now have...

    1. Longer reach: 470mm for size L, vs maybe 450mm for older bikes
    2. Steeper STA: 76-78 degrees, vs 74ish on older bikes. (Better climbing position.)
    3. Reduced offset fork: 44mm vs. 51mm. Keeps steering quick despite long wheelbase and slack HA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlloyd007 View Post
    Evil Offering, Pivot Switchblade, Yeti SB130. The holy trinity of mid 29ers. The quality of bikes these days is stunning; it's a good time to be a mountain biker.
    I was gonna post but mlloyd has it covered. Ripmo too
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoNotShow View Post
    Lots of 29ers now have...

    1. Longer reach: 470mm for size L, vs maybe 450mm for older bikes
    2. Steeper STA: 76-78 degrees, vs 74ish on older bikes. (Better climbing position.)
    3. Reduced offset fork: 44mm vs. 51mm. Keeps steering quick despite long wheelbase and slack HA.
    Agreed. And 170mm dropper
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    Does anyone else find it weird there are no reviews from anyone other than bike shops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dpca10 View Post
    Does anyone else find it weird there are no reviews from anyone other than bike shops?
    It means for whatever reason they decided not to do much press outreach or PR around it. That or the press got demo bikes, but Evil didn't like the initial reviews being written.

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    Seems rather like a conflict of interest to have the places selling the bikes be who "reviews" them.

    The bike missing from this post is the new Stumpy 29er (with TTX coil) and 150mm fork. So incredibly good.

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