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    I'm looking forward to buy a new 29" XC hardtail bike. After some research I made a list with about 30 bikes that are in my price range, and have more or less the same equipment (SLX/XT/Sram NX with RockShox Air forks)

    These are the brands my choices come from. Are there any I should particularly avoid/prefer ? Maybe regarding build quality/ frame resistance ?


    • Orbea
    • Mondraker
    • Ghost
    • Focus
    • Cannondale
    • Scott
    • Cube
    • Canyon

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    Cannondale F-Si with lefty ocho


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow4eva View Post
    Cannondale F-Si with lefty ocho


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    Avoid or savor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow4eva View Post
    Cannondale F-Si with lefty ocho
    That's about twice my budget.
    I'm asking about brands, in general. I already have my choices on a list, but I'm not sure with which brand to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Avoid or savor?
    Savor if budget allows, lol

    Quote Originally Posted by cpper View Post
    That's about twice my budget.
    I'm asking about brands, in general. I already have my choices on a list, but I'm not sure with which brand to go.
    Ah, alrighty then, I would say Orbea.


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    I love Canyon as a brand, but if the Spectral is on your radar, you may want to take a look at this. Sucks, but at least they seem to be handling it properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    I love Canyon as a brand, but if the Spectral is on your radar, you may want to take a look at this. Sucks, but at least they seem to be handling it properly.

    https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/ca...d-recall-alert
    OP specified XC hardtail, the Spectral is way off the list..


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    Oops, I missed that.
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    all of those brands are quality and will have similar frames and builds at the same price point. it will come down to:
    a) the bike shop where you buy it. assuming you're looking at different shops, most of the time, the quality of service of the shop is more important than the bike itself.
    b) features on the bike. does one come with better wheels, a better fork, a stock dropper post? is there some quirk about the geometry that is better on one bike over another?

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    Threaded BB.

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    I'll buy from the net, mainly because availability, but also because of better prices.
    Geometry on the bikes is quite the same on all. Frankly I didn't pay attention to the wheels and BB (only fork, drivetrain, brakes), but am gonna do a check now.

    Thanks guys

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    I think I've narrowed it down to 3 bikes:


    There are some geometry differences:



    Apart from the differences in the drivetain,the Cannondale has a Judy Gold fork, the Cube Reaction Race a Judy Silver, and the Race One a Recon Silver. I'm not sure how much better the Judy Gold is, since it seems it has the TK damper, like the other two.
    What about Judy Silver vs Recon Silver ?

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    Also, do you guys think the geometry of the Cannondale would make climbing much more difficult ? Also with the reach being bigger, 470mm vs 433mm/426mm on the Cubes, I'm a bit concerned about riding comfort.

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    I think you are over thinking stuff. Go visit a Cannondale dealer and check out the bike in person.
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    I'm overthinking because I'm not able to visit a Cannondale dealer and check out the bike in person. I'll buy from a german online store.

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    You are going to have to take a "leap of faith" to some degree if you don't have something to compare it to that you can sit on.
    Call the dealer and ask them about sizing and reach I bet they could give you guidelines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpper View Post
    Also, do you guys think the geometry of the Cannondale would make climbing much more difficult ? Also with the reach being bigger, 470mm vs 433mm/426mm on the Cubes, I'm a bit concerned about riding comfort.
    No, the geometry of the cannondale will make it climb better. Also the cannondale is designed around a shorter stem but slacker seat angle- it will fit pretty similarly and is likely to be more comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Len Baird View Post
    Call the dealer and ask them about sizing and reach I bet they could give you guidelines.
    I already checked the geometry of all bikes in my list. The geo charts are available on Cannondale's site.


    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
    No, the geometry of the cannondale will make it climb better.
    It better be, I ended up buying the Cannondale. I got it for 950 euro, a fairly good price I believe. The best part it's that I found it at a store in my country, which has a shop in the capital, some 180km away. Still better than ordering from Germany. Also they might have some partnership with a local LBS, so maybe in case of malfunction I could use the warranty at the LBS.

    Thanks everyone for the help

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