I've been following the forum for a few months but this is my first post here.
Long story short; like most here I've been pedaling 26" since day one. In my case the start was a borrowed Wheeler in the late 80's. The past ten years I've been riding full sus xc bikes, first the Giant NRS 2 and then Giant Anthem X2. I've never been much for marketing hype, but I've always been curious with bigger wheels so for this season I went with a Giant Trance X1 29er.
I really love the way it eats roots and rocks, and I feel that the riding position is more comfortable on the Trance than on the Anthem and NRS before that. (All frames have been size medium by the way).
BUT i do feel that the Trance is a little big, slightly heavy and not quite as agile as previous bikes. And while I've never felt the need for more than 100 mm of travel, the 120 mm that the Trance offers feels great.
Since I don't want multiple bike I am looking for a good do it all bike, and despite all the marketing BS, I can't help but wondering if a 27.5" bike might be what I'm looking for.
I ride singletrack 90% of the time, currently I live in a very flat part of Sweden so there is not much of climbing nor downhill. I don't jump, or do drops. If I go to a downhill destination I rent a proper DH rig.
So what I'm looking for is a reasonably light bike that is agile and fun. To that extent I've been looking at and reading about the new Giant Trance and Canyon Nerve 27.5" models.
One option would be to lighten my current Trance as much as possible, but I guess it will still feel a bit big, beeing a 29er.
Any suggestions or comments are much appreciated.