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    Release 5a 29er

    Something of a joke.... After adding a Capra 27.5 to address my park addiction, I discovered that the Catch is really quite a good trail bike on 29'ers (can't get along with plus in Colorado). Capra is a hoot when things are steep and downward but for many trails this is just more "fun". So when the opportunity arose after experimenting with Bontrager Line Comp 29'ers and denting them unusably I underwent this update.

    Pike RCT3 150 debonair - liking moving to 140.
    Fox dpx2 performance elite or a DHX2
    GX Eagle and 30 AB oval.
    Guide RSC or Zees- 203 shimano rotor
    SC reserve 30 29" wheels with I9s (ruined too many AL wheels)
    Revive 185mm dropper
    800mm x 35mm rise Turbine R bars on 50mm RF stem.
    2.35 Magic Mary and 2.4 Bontrager SE4

    Its certainly no Release 29er but I'm curious if anyone has done something like this? The BB drop at 140mm is about 4mm less than a Jeffsy 29 on "high". HTA is mid 66s. I'd love to get an angle adjust headset to pull the STA up, HTA down, BB down, and Reach up... With that said this is still a very good solution for a trail bike and after seeing the 2019s I'm left thrilled to own a 2017.

    Maybe selling off my plus set of carbon wheels even and making this a full time 29er.

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    Kewl. I hear ya on the + thing. 80% of the time I love the fatter setup, but man, those 1 in 5 rides where its a total dog makes one think about N+1.
    I would advise not taking my advice.

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    It's not a slow thing for me but rather a steering precision through rock gardens thing. At higher pressures they're bouncy (18) and at 15-16 they're good but too low to deal with landings in rocks.

    Considering adding a -1degree works headset, one offset shock bushing, and dropping to 140mm fork to bring the BB down to 13.625 (33mm bb drop) sta around 72 and a bit degrees hta around 66. Or just a 140 fork, one offset bushing for a similar set up with 67 hta.

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    Curious as to tire clearance out back and how it rides.

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    Plenty- I ordered one offset bushing. You could do two bushings and fit 2.5s I think without any issue or interference. Great- little tall with 150 fork

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