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    NorCal Bike Help!

    Posted this in NorCal forum as well:

    I need to replace my teenaged daughter's stolen Scott Scale 750. She's starting to show more interest in riding more seriously beyond Arastradero and Montebello/Russian Ridge, and want to join her brother and I at Skeggs/UC/Tahoe etc. Good athlete and will progress pretty quickly, at 5'5". I'm looking at mainly hard tails that climb well but with a slack geometry as most of her riding will be MidPen for a while, trying to stay under $2K:

    Santa Cruz Chameleon 29er
    Guerilla Gravity Pedalhead 29er
    Kona Honzo 29er


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    So you're looking for a lightweight hardtail "trail bike". I would put weight and traction at the very top of your list. Girls don't naturally have the same strength/weight advantage as boys. So keep that in mind.

    Without going all the way down the rabbit hole of shopping with you, I would throw out that about 1/3 of the NorCal high school racing league kids around here are riding a Specialized Chisel Expert. A choice that's likely driven by sponsorship. But it looks like a decent value.

    I love the Chameleon, but that thing is heavy. Good luck!

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