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    “Last” Bike Suggestions - Intermediate Old Lady

    I’m turning 56 soon and searching for my “last” bike that will keep me biking until I die. I currently ride a Liv Intrigue 27.5 and I still ride my old Giant 26 FS with a Walky Dog to legally exercise my terriers in the forest.

    When I chose the 27.5 over the 29, I felt like I couldn’t corner as well on the 29s I tried. I demoed the 6Fattie years ago and liked the bigger tire's traction and ability to roll over bigger rocks and roots but wanted to wait until they figured out the geometry, weight, etc. As bikes have progressed and tires have gotten bigger and 29ers have changed - I’m wondering what bikes I should even look at to demo now.

    I ride mainly in DuPont but throw in some easy Pisgah / Bent Creek / Santos as well. As we travel around in our Sprinter with more time away from work -we try out lots of different easier and intermediate trails. Looking for something that is light weight, climbs easily, handles switchbacks well, rolls over roots and rocks, and keeps me confident and comfortable as I get older so that I can ride the same types of trails and stay out in the woods longer.

    My current 140mm-150mm suspension may be overkill for what I do - but it sure is comfortable on older bones. I’m 5’7" - 125 lbs so I don’t necessarily need a woman specific bike. Suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post

    I ride mainly in DuPont but throw in some easy Pisgah / Bent Creek / Santos as well. As we travel around in our Sprinter with more time away from work -we try out lots of different easier and intermediate trails. Looking for something that is light weight, climbs easily, handles switchbacks well, rolls over roots and rocks, and keeps me confident and comfortable as I get older so that I can ride the same types of trails and stay out in the woods longer.
    Check out the Trek Fuel EX. It's my Goldilocks bike, just like you described above. 120mm travel, so burlier than a super lightweight xc bike, but it's light enough to not be burdensome, and rolls over just about everything.

    I first bought one in 2016, loved it for long all-day mountain epics but also easy town cruising when I was tired, or for coaching kids. For reference I live in Durango, CO so we have all kinds of trail terrain here. Just sold that one to get a 2019 and plan to keep it for a long long time.

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    You are much too young to be thinking of buying your last bike!

    When I was looking for my prior bike in about 2015, I tried several 29ers and really did not like any of them. Last summer, I tried the latest batch of 29ers and settled on a Giant Trance 29 Pro 1 which easily takes a 2.6" tire on the rear (I would recommend getting a bike that has that capability).


    I immediately set about a dozen PR's on it as well as falling in love with the way it felt, the playfulness, etc. The PR's themselves are just illustrative of how much easier it is to ride. That doesn't mean it's boring, just that I can ride harder stuff for a longer period of time. That becomes more important as I age - I'm 66 and still want to be able to bike with my 27 year old son without him being bored.

    I'd say try one of the new crop of 29ers. You might really like them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    You are much too young to be thinking of buying your last bike!

    When I was looking for my prior bike in about 2015, I tried several 29ers and really did not like any of them. Last summer, I tried the latest batch of 29ers and settled on a Giant Trance 29 Pro 1 which easily takes a 2.6" tire on the rear (I would recommend getting a bike that has that capability).


    I immediately set about a dozen PR's on it as well as falling in love with the way it felt, the playfulness, etc. The PR's themselves are just illustrative of how much easier it is to ride. That doesn't mean it's boring, just that I can ride harder stuff for a longer period of time. That becomes more important as I age - I'm 66 and still want to be able to bike with my 27 year old son without him being bored.

    I'd say try one of the new crop of 29ers. You might really like them.
    Truth! Hope you love your new bike, [email protected]!

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    Treat yourself to carbon. I was on the original Intrigue and upgraded to this year's carbon version. I love the changes they've made.
    58 here and no such thing as "last bike". lol.

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    My husband bought the Giant 27.5 carbon not long after I bought mine and I've had bike envy ever since. Really not fair that his bike is lighter than mine! So I am definitely thinking carbon. Yes - I'm kidding myself -- as long as I can ride and they keep making positive changes to bikes I'll find another one I "need". I appreciate all the input so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    You are much too young to be thinking of buying your last bike!
    Agree! 55 here and looking for my NEXT bike, but by no means my last one
    I drank the 29er koolaid- turns out it was POWERade :)

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    No such thing as "last" bike is there? Have a look at the new Giant Trance 29r ...I am liking mine a lot.

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    A couple springs ago I was guiding a master sawyer- hauling a gas saw and extra gas no less- through the back side of the WF Teanaway basin to clear some blow down for an upcoming Evergreen bike-n-camp event. We were way back in there where wildlife encounters are FAR more common than human when... we ran into a dude. An old dude. With a bike, and a huge grin, and a very enthusiastic story.

    Turns out he was from Spokane and had been 'sploring out there in BF nowhere Teanaway on his way back and forth between there and Seattle over the years. He was 73 and utterly crushing it solo out there. Wow. Rock on, you crazy ol bike dude!

    As we pulled the saw gear out he asked if we wanted to smoke a joint. We politely declined and he charged off down the trail as the sawdust started to fly. I told some friends later that my next band name idea was "Power Tools and Weed". What could possibly go wrong? But I still think fondly of that guy when I start wondering how many years I've got left.
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    I agree! Much too young to be thinking about a "last" bike! I'm 42 and am just getting started!

    I am looking for a new bike this summer and my short list is super long. Go have some fun demo-ing as many bikes as possible before you decide. That's what I am going to do this summer before settling on one.

    We ride mostly blue and black trails. As long as the black trails aren't super exposed or have big drops, I'm happy. Lots of long climbs on single track up into the mountains and then long fun downhills. Lots of distance and a 35 km day of single track is pretty normal for us. I want a bike that climbs awesome and is still fantastic on the downs. My Liv Lust with 100 mm of travel front and back is a great bike but it just isn't enough anymore.

    My (long) short-list is

    - Ibis Mojo 3 (beautiful, will take up to 2.8" tires (I want 2.6's) and the specs look great, price isn't bad)

    - Intrigue Advanced 2 (don't know if anything will be able to beat the bang for buck component-wise)

    - Juliana Furtado S+ build or Santa Cruz 5010 R+ build (Look great spec-wise, a little pricier)

    - Yeti Beti SB5 (Priciest of all but everyone seems to love them)

    - Knolly Endorphin (beautiful, looks good spec-wise, decent price)

    If you think that the Intrigue might be overkill, you could look at the Pique instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mLeier View Post
    - Ibis Mojo 3 (beautiful, will take up to 2.8" tires (I want 2.6's) and the specs look great, price isn't bad)
    I have this bike, and it is GLORIOUS.
    "...Some local fiend had built it with his own three hands..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by verslowrdr View Post
    I have this bike, and it is GLORIOUS.
    ❤️❤️❤️

    Please tell us more! What build? What was the price range? What do you love about it?

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    I don't know exactly what build as I got it from a friend, then pulled off the 1x drivetrain for a 2x (11 speed 11-42 cassette + 24/34 chainrings)... I know, I know, backwards from what all the cool kids are doing. But a lot of our terrain is SO stupidly steep plus I dream of doing more bikepacking *someday* when I get the time, so I wanted to have a super low granny and a good range up from there. Pike RTC3 140mm fork. XT parts mostly. Ks lev 150mm dropper post, it only rattles a little. :P Easton ARC 30 alloy rims, Ibis hubs. I liked the NN 2.8 for our dry chundery terrain but they wore so poorly (sealant weeping out the sidewalls almost all season for two years/two sets in a row, WTF) that I'm trying Maxxis Rekon+ this season.

    I had an Ibis Mojo 26" so this was a pretty natural transition... Mojo 3 still climbs like a goat, slightly slacker front end = more margin for error on nose-swallowing moto chop and gravity bowls. The wider tires are really a life saver when the tread conditions go south which is pretty typical here during central WA summers since we're mostly on shared moto trails plus the occasional elk trail we dug out.

    I ride solo back country quite a bit so having that extra safety margin is a pretty big deal. Hope that answers your questions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mLeier View Post


    Please tell us more! What build? What was the price range? What do you love about it?
    We just picked up a Mojo 3 for my wife's 49th birthday. She's been mountain biking for close to 30 years and says it's by far the best bike she has ever ridden. She got the GX build with carbon bars, carbon wheels with 2.6 Maxxis Rekons and a rigid seatpost (she's old school) and it came in at just under 26lbs. It's a very versatile bike being able to run 2.2-2.8 tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UPSed View Post
    We just picked up a Mojo 3 for my wife's 49th birthday. She's been mountain biking for close to 30 years and says it's by far the best bike she has ever ridden...
    Wow, major spousal points there! And I concur with her assessment, it's a phenomenally capable bike that does just about everything well without any obvious penalties.

    The "pork chop bag" that Ibis sells is def worth having FWIW. I have a spare tube, quick link, and a stem tool that lives in there.

    One side note: if low-n-slack is your jam, this is probably NOT the bike for you. OTOH if you need pedal/BB clearance for riding rougher stuff both up and down all day, especially on less than ideally designed/maintained trails, than the Mojo 3 is worth taking a look at. I'm not a weight weenie by any means but having a bike that is light enough to toss over show stopping jackpots etc. is always a plus in my book.
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    When I think of "last bike I'll ever need" I think of boutique brands that build long term investment frames. Frequently aluminum. Knolly, Lenz Sport, Ventana, (amongst others, those were just the first 3 that popped into my head). Many of the big brands build bikes that don't last IMO. I would certainly want to avoid proprietary headsets, BB's, and rear hub standards. Those come and go like the seasons and are quickly abandoned. (Cannondale, Trek, Spec, Giant... looking at you)

    Pivots come with a 10 year warranty on carbon frames, that's a good sign. Ibis is 7 years. Yeti is lifetime.

    There's lots of good brands out there though, IDK maybe I'm taking that part of the question too seriously?
    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Dreaming about new bikes is so exciting!

    Quote Originally Posted by verslowrdr View Post
    One side note: if low-n-slack is your jam, this is probably NOT the bike for you.
    I've actually never ridden anything other than my Lust but I'm pretty sure that low-n-slack is not what I am looking for.

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    Suggestions?
    What do you think [email protected]? Anything piqued your interest?

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    Lots of things to check out. I’m definitely intrigued by the Ibis now. But want to check out the others when I get the chance.

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