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    Hope Looking to buy a new bike for more travel....views welcomed

    Hi, I am in the middle of test riding a few bikes but would like some info/feedback from other users. I currently ride an Anthem 1 Womens small. For some time I have been looking for more travel in my ride.

    I'm considering jumping up to 140mm rather than be in the same boat in a couple of years. I'm female, 5'5" in height about 70kg in weight and ride XC/Trail - getting fast enough now on the technical downhills that I really want to feel the travel working and have more to play with.

    I've been considering a specialized stumpjumper elite, giant reign 1, trance 1 (120mm travel), or maybe the Avanti torrent. I could possibly lok at an Ibis or a Santa Cruz but finances might take these out of the equation. The main choice is partially about what is around to demo but also these catch my eye as an all rounder.

    Any recommendations on how these ride including the climb. Climbing is a must where I live, I mainly ride short 2 hours sessions where its 4WD uphill and technical single track down but when I get the chance I enjoy getting into wilderness single track riding which is more 4-5 hour riding with a mix of everything thrown in.
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    Jumping from Anthem to Reign is huge! not only the travel 50mm but the geometry. Trance fall somewhere in the middle. Going with longer travel would be better on the descend but you'd give up the climbing position and not to mention added weight.

    I like the 140 option there are quite a few good choices Ibis Mojo, Pivot M5.7, Turner 5spot they are awesome climber and descender. They fit shorter rider really well.

    Also consider the Titus FTM, Santa Cruz blur lt. My favorite design is Maverick Durance best climber and fun on the descend and light weight. The only problem I can see with the Maverick is the Monolink design is taller than the AM design trend. I'm 5'7" on a small ML8 it's about the same or bigger than my Med Ibis.

    For ultimate fun add an adjustable seatpost with remote it would take descending tech downhill to the next level of fun and control.

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    Turner RFX

    If interested, I have one of the last 2008 Turner RFX's (6" travel) size small which unfortunately has only been ridden 4- 5x. Its absolutely in mint /new condition and was purchased / built June 2009. At the time, I thought I needed a 3rd bike, but really havent had the time to use it. I'm 5'4' with a 28" inseam and it fits perfectly.

    As its a farily high end build (SRAM X-9, Magura Louise, TALAS RC2, GD seat post, CK hubs & BB, DT 5.2 rims, etc), it cost over $5K to build (Red Barn Bikes). As I need to make room in the garage, I'm looking for $2,750 OBO. If interested, email me at [email protected] for lots of pics.

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    Having demo'd a giant reign medium and SJ FSR medium I am trying to check out a small reign. I loved the demo ride, it climbed much better than I imagined it would and the fun factor on single track was awsome, way better than the SJ. Does anyone ride a reign small or medium and what height are you, all the charts indicate I should be on a small but I am concerned I will loose too much on the climb but also want to keep the bike loose on the down hill which is easier with a small.......any tips and info on height v's size of the reign would be appreciated. Cheers

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    I ride 2 bikes one a 100mm XC bike and other a Pivot Mach 5.7 at 5.5 inchs (I also live in NZ).
    Both bikes are fantastic climbers so the giant with it's maestro should climb well too.
    I don't have any problem going between the 2 and don't find it a huge gap at all. If anything the pivot climbs better and definitely comes down better on pretty much anything you will ride in NZ.
    Look at a Pivot if want something a bit different.

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    Cheers for the reply, what size Pivot do you ride? who deals in them in NZ? I have read some good reviews on them recently and they have caught my eye....what sort of price do they go for? Cheers

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    Hi,
    I ride a medium and am 173cm.
    The importers for Pivot in NZ are RevolutionProducts.co.nz (sorry the forum won't let me post the link)

    email them for more info. There are some mediums around for demo. I actually brought mine in the states so am not sure of the pricing here but they are not overly cheap. I rate them highly and had a Mach 5 prior to this one.

    Good luck.

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    I am 5'4" and a ride a small Reign with a 150mm fork and a 50mm stem. I have also ridden a small Mojo and 5.7. All 3 bikes are amazing climbers with the Mojo being the plushest. I could not afford the 5.7 or the Mojo so I went with the reign. Good luck!

    Brenda

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    Thanks Brenda.....I have the chance to demo a friends carbon Mojo HD but only the medium, I think I am going to be in the same boat and the Reign will be the one given the price and my budget. I have demo'd mediums for stump jumper and reign and have tracked down a small so hope to demo that on a climb to check is has the same wow factor but better fit than the medium! Good to hear you find it a good climber, I am 5' 5.5" (166cm) so could put a 75mm stem on the reign.

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    So...here is the geek in me.......I have been checking out geometry on the bikes that catch my eye - still test riding a small reign tomorrow as most likely option for value and ride however, ths anthem is the bike I ride at the moment and the others are the ones I am looking at (liking the slacker head angle)

    h/a s/a t/t c/s w/b s/over
    Current 2008 Anthem S16W mm 72 73 556 129 424 1029 772
    Possible 2011 Reign S Male mm 67.5 73.5 565 118 438 1106 781
    Too big 2011 Reign M Male mm 67.5 73.5 590 127 438 1132 974??

    Possible 2011 Nomad small mm 67 71.5 553 109 442 1092 719
    No 2011 Mojo small mm 69 73 560 100 429 1063 752
    ? 2011 Mojo HD small 67 71 564 94 435 1093 715

    ? 2011 lapierre zesty small 42 68 73 575 120 438 ?? ??
    ? 2011 Heckler small mm 69 72 546 99 434 1059 736
    ? 2011 SJ Elite Small Male mm 68.5 74.5 556 118 420 1083 741
    Too Big 2011 SJ Elite Med Male mm 68.5 74.5 587 138 420 1116 746
    2010 Scott Genius 50 s Male mm 68.5 73.5 555 110 428 1086 778

    No Guarantees the above info is correct but taken from the websites and comverted to cm wher necessary.

    Any more ideas / feedback ?? Cheers

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    Rode a Trek Remedy 15.5 recently and fell in love. Climbs really well and super fun. Also have tried the Mojo and loved that bike too.

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    HI, thanks all for the advice. I ended up buying a reign small, best value for $ at the moment and loved the test ride on both med and small as it happens. also demo'd stumpjumper and jumped on a couple others for feel. So far a great decision for my budget.

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    Awesome! Let's see some pics.

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    Sweet!! Congrats on your new bike!!

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