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    Smile Review: 29er Hal Boost

    This is the day I assembled it-
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    I rode it several times at trails close to me that I had ridden for years on my hardtail. I found myself going faster and further on the 29er even though it outweighs my other bike by 4 pounds. I attribute this to the full suspension with larger wheels allowing me to carry more speed on the downhills and thus make it further up the next uphill before slowing to first gear. I've only hit some small jumps so I can't comment on that aspect yet but it handles them better than my hardtail did.

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    I did a Stan's tubeless set up with MBP 40mm stems from amazon.
    Also picked up some RF Chester clones from amazon:
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    I swapped my bars, grips, & stem out with the hardtail's. The Evolve stem is 70mm down from the original 80mm. Handlebars are Nukeproof Carbon at 780mm with 25mm rise from the stock at 700mm.
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    grips are DMR Brendog Deathgrips:
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    I had to take apart every pivot point and apply assembly grease as they were all bone dry. This was the same for the headset/forks.
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    Here it is currently next to my old Trek:
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    I'll submit an edited review when I get it to the ski slope/bike park this summer. I'm still tuning suspension and getting used to a full 'susser 29 but so far I love everything about it. I admit there are some technical sections where I could maneuver the 26 hardtail easily that I just couldn't get around on the 29 inch bike. I never knew what I was missing in a dropper seatpost but now that I'm getting used to having one- I'm amazed. My only complaint is the rear shock, but that's on me at 250lbs. I plan on swapping out to a Manitou McLeod next year. Lastly about geometry; I find it to be a competent trail bike so far that's only limited by the rider's (me) abilities-lol!

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    Looking forward to hearing your review once you get it fully trail tested. When I moved from a 26" to a modern bike the difference was night & day. In my case, it was from a 26" hardtail (with crap suspension) to a full suspension 27.5+ setup, complete with dropper. I was really taken aback by how the suspension absorbed all the chatter my body had been absorbing on the hardtail. Then when I moved to 29" wheels, although I felt only minor differences while riding, Strava was reporting PRs on nearly every segment of every ride--I suspect that if you were tracking metrics, you'd see a significant difference.

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    I had to take apart every pivot point and apply assembly grease as they were all bone dry. This was the same for the headset/forks.
    This really bums me out. There's just no excuse for that.

    I've got a set of those Fooker Chester-clone pedals on my FantomDS Sport--I transferred them over from my hardtail. Those things are great and have held up well for me over the years.

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