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    Looking for new bike- any bikes local to Michaux? Fuel ex, 429trail, hightower or

    Hello-

    I've been biking for a few years now and want to get a bike that I'll keep for a while. Typically if I don't get what I want I'll never be happy, but when I do I'm not very tempted by next years latest and greatest. That being said the 4 bikes I think I have it narrowed down to are typically reviewed in loamy buff singletrack- a far cry for what we have in many places in pa. So my question is: has anyone ridden these bikes or does anyone have access to spin the pedals a few times in the typical raw trail system we call home?

    Me- 6'1" trail rider. Not into xc racing or enduro, bro. I enjoy going reasonably fast and hitting 1-2' worth of air from time to time. I don't need a 20# full sus or a 180mm dh rig.

    The bikes that I think fit the bill are
    Pivot Mach 429trail
    Santa Cruz Hightower
    Trek fuel ex 2017
    Intense primer

    I've ridden an old Mach 429c and loved it, but that was at alagrippis so not your typical pa root and rock infested ungroomed trail.

    On paper the Hightower seems to be best bet- lifetime warranty, threaded bb and top notch carbon, but many reviews say the climbing is hate it or love it and "it shines on the downhill".

    I parking lot tested a medium fuel ex and...yeah it was a parking lot ride on a too small frame.

    Haven't ridden either vpp iteration, but read vpp3/js tuned is much improved for climbing traction.

    Obviously I'm looking for the "whole package" sort of thing but most reviews don't happen in our neck of the woods.

    So, what says ye mtbr?

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    I happen to love my Remedy 29er, but the new Rem is only 27.5.

    The new Fuel is much more like the Remedy used to be.
    "Go soothingly in the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon"

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    Around Town Bicycles |
    These guys are listed as having a L 429 Tr demo bike available.
    Probably worth the drive.

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    Yeah I definitely want to ride when I get dead serious to buy. I'll probably go to freeze thaw in state college cause I know some trails in rothrock.

    Also I have a 27.5 now but am dead set on a 29. 27.5+ is a "+" but not deal breaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blysccr View Post
    Also I have a 27.5 now but am dead set on a 29. 27.5+ is a "+" but not deal breaker.
    The space is what's good. New wider tires in 29+ are coming not just 27.5+.

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    Might as well put truck tires on. Seems the sport is getting to the point where there won't be a challenge to ride. Why are people against sharpening their riding skills? Just my $0.02.
    LOVE THE RIDE!

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    Call around to Trek dealers (like Shirks) and see if you can find a 2016 Remedy 29er. You'll want a 21". I've been on one of these for a few months and it's a great all around bike for places like rothrock and michaux, it really makes downhills fun.
    Mach 429trail is a great bike too, had one for 9 months. Better climber, snappier pedaller. Not as good on the chunkier stuff, but it was less travel.
    Don't forget Ibis has great bikes. Sez at ERA in Lancaster is who to talk to about them.

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    Around Town has Pivot and Specialized demos call the shop, 570 970 3008

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    ended up ordering a fuel ex. eta 12/9 thanks
    Last edited by blysccr; 11-01-2016 at 10:23 AM.

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    edit- demoed fuel ex, loved it. Will kick myself if I don't at least try to Pivot. Anyone semi local to Michaux that wouldn't mind me spending a couple mins on a l or xl mach429T? 6'1"

    GRACIAS

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    I just went through this, i had narrowed down the bikes to the following.
    Santa Cruz Hightower
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Mach429Trail
    Transition Patrol
    Giant Trance

    I ended up going with the Hightower and so far it has not left me down. Climbs just as well as my older Trance and takes the abuse of PA single track with ease.

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