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    Anyone ride a Knolly Fugitive

    I'm looking for a long travel 29er for riding more tech trails in mass. Usually i goto NTF but sometimes i ride at nam and foxboro as well. Can anyone comment on how they pedal up and down? Not sure if there is a way to demo around here

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    I have a Fugitive LT. Ride on the north shore, Lynn, Beverly and Gloucester trails.
    The Fugitive pedals GREAT. Coming from the Chilcotin and Endorphine before that it is by far the best pedaling Knolly and one of the best bikes Iíve owned. It handles great with the quick up and downs on the more technical trails in Lynn. I highly recommend it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aixelsyd View Post
    I have a Fugitive LT. Ride on the north shore, Lynn, Beverly and Gloucester trails.
    The Fugitive pedals GREAT. Coming from the Chilcotin and Endorphine before that it is by far the best pedaling Knolly and one of the best bikes Iíve owned. It handles great with the quick up and downs on the more technical trails in Lynn. I highly recommend it!
    Thanks. What fork and shock do you have on it?

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    I got it with Dawn Patrol build kit. Fox DPX2 Evol and an MRP Ribbon air. I know coil is all the rage but I can always covert it I want to. My large weighs 32lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aixelsyd View Post
    I got it with Dawn Patrol build kit. Fox DPX2 Evol and an MRP Ribbon air. I know coil is all the rage but I can always covert it I want to. My large weighs 32lbs.
    Cool. What color did you get?

    Did you consider any othe bikes? GG Smash or any 150mm bikes?

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    Raw/Orange. I didnít consider anything else. Iíve been very happy with Knolly bikes. Iíve got a Podium for DH days too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aixelsyd View Post
    Raw/Orange. I didnít consider anything else. Iíve been very happy with Knolly bikes. Iíve got a Podium for DH days too.
    Who you buying from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRAZY FRED View Post
    Who you buying from?
    My Podium was bought used off of Pink Bike. The Fugitive was direct from Knolly on a crash replacement deal to replace my Chilcotin.

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    Hows the shortish wheelbase in rough stuff. Does the back of the bike get knocked around?

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    I just picked up a Scott Genius which is right in this bracket of bicycle.
    Ive been running it with 29Ē and the high bb setting, and have been really enjoying not clipping pedals while still being able to jump and jump off all the things I want.
    Itís not as boutique as the knolls, but theyíre cut from the same cloth. Or am I way off base here??

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmo View Post
    Hows the shortish wheelbase in rough stuff. Does the back of the bike get knocked around?

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    The wheelbase is longer on the Fugitive than my old Chilcotin so thatís not a factor for me. I will say the larger hoops do roll over obstacles better. Itís not as plush as the Chilcotin for obvious reasons and it rides higher in its travel but it rides great! I donít feel like Iím getting bumped around at all.
    I have no experience with the Scott Genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aixelsyd View Post
    My Podium was bought used off of Pink Bike. The Fugitive was direct from Knolly on a crash replacement deal to replace my Chilcotin.
    Ya I didn't think there was anyone selling Knolly around here. Good for you, the Fugitive looks like a great bike. Having owned a Knolly when they first hit the scene I know they are very well made bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aixelsyd View Post
    The wheelbase is longer on the Fugitive than my old Chilcotin so thatís not a factor for me. I will say the larger hoops do roll over obstacles better. Itís not as plush as the Chilcotin for obvious reasons and it rides higher in its travel but it rides great! I donít feel like Iím getting bumped around at all.
    I have no experience with the Scott Genius.
    What size chainring are you using, 32 or 30? Wasnt sure if i would need a 30t for the climbimg i would do on it

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    30 tooth. Iíve only gotten 4 rides in but havenít run out of gear yet

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    I was pretty set on getting a Fugitive but then the Niner Rip9 RDO came out and looks pretty rad. If i build that itll be a few pounds lighter and easier to move around. On paper the geo looks very similar with the knolly have a 4.5mm shorter chain stay. Anyone have an opinion on the RIP?

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