+1 for the Salsa Horsethief.. feels very solid and planted on the downs with 140mm 34s. Will be upgrading my frame to the DW-Link version if I see a bargain...
possibly looking for a new mountain bike. which?
ajantom, can I ask you what forks you fitted.
Some Maverick DUC32s, with a bit of tinkering.
Also SC32s would fit, and if you look on MTBR a fair few people have fitted Fox and White Brothers 29er forks (though clearance is a bit tight) and Lefties with adapted clamps.
Also these guys - RSD Bikes - are releasing there own 29+ frames, wheels and suspension forks.
It is honestly the funnest bike I've ridden in years, before and after the addition of the forks.
I know Charlie the Bikemonger rates his highly and he's quite a tall lad. Think he's on a large or X-large. I'm 6ft and happy on a medium.
Santa cruz tallboy Long travel in carbon if you want to splash a bit more cash
orange five 29er has to be the way to go. super fun on the Dh's
Surprised nobody has mentioned the Turner Sultan. Don't have one mind, but I've owned both a 5.Spot and a Flux and they're immensely capable bikes. I've hooned the Flux down Jacobs and various other lethal descents and left people on 160mm travel bikes in my wake. By all accounts the Sultan rides like a 5.Spot with big wheels, which is praise indeed. Turners are robust as hell, love rolling terrain (as they pedal superbly) and laugh in the face of out of control downhill
That said there can be stock issues. I got sick of waiting for their new stock and bought a Norco Sight 650B off of thos nice chaps at Evans in the sale.
Took it to the Alps for 5 days and have to say it's an excellent bike. They're one of the few manufacturers who design each frame size differently to account for changes in t-t length etc. Well worth a look in my opinion.
Rest assured however that when my bank account allows it I'll be piling into the Sultan as well!
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