long travel 29ers?
Turner sultan with revs at 140mm here. Also had a Solaris run as a 1×9 trail bike until a few months ago running revs at 120mm. Currently waiting for my quarter horse to be built and shipped.
The sultan is fine with 140mm revs, but there’s no getting away from its weight if you build it with a spec to suit the travel. I built the sultan to be my go anywhere, do anything bike, so it has a slight bias to the big mountain chunk end of things ( dropper post, Hans dampf’s, 35mm rims, big bars, brakes, etc…), although it’s still perfectly rideable all day as a trail bike, I won’t be winning any races on it any time soon.
I ride with candodavid on this forum, who has a SC Tallboy Ltc. He’s built it a great deal lighter than my sultan (5lbs!), but it is a dream build by anyone’s standards, whereas mine is sort of XT spec trail workhorse build. I know from riding it that the tallboy is stiffer, although the flex in the sultan isn’t huge, and it seems to give some extra grip, unlike some bikes where flex seems to create more handling issues, the Sultan seems to sort of flex around and hold the ground. It’s difficult to describe, as you can probably tell.
If I had budget, I’d probably get the tallboy, but I got my sultan new for 995 in the last crc turner sale, which was a no brainer.Posted 3 years agoPaul@RTWMember
I had a chance to use a Specialized carbon SJ 29er Evo for trip and loved it. It was my first taste of 29″ wheels and I’m converted. Climbed very well and the downs were so much fun. I think I described it as “cheating” after doing Porcupine Rim on it. (Normally guide on a 120 – 150 mm travel 26″ wheeled bike of some description).Posted 3 years ago
The other one I tried was a Trek Rumblefish. Again, a very fun and fast bike to ride but the Specialized had it for me.
Five 29er is really impressive, best Orange I’ve ever ridden. But for me it’d be a Remedy.
I’m the other way around 😉 The Remedy felt like an XC bike, whereas the Five29 just feels like a monster truck – it’s still massively connected to the trail, but eats up everything you throw at it.Posted 3 years agosnorkelsuckerMember
I’m 3 rides into an Enduro Comp 29 and loving it. I also rode a Five 29 and thought that was really good but went with the Enduro as I managed to get several hundred quid off it as it is a 2014 model.
It climbs well enough, but isn’t exactly a whippet but on the way back down it’s flippin’ awesome. Pretty much no discernible difference with any other burly-ish 26 wheel bike i.e. you can manual it and its as happy in the air as it is thundering across the ground.
I imagine the carbon frame version would be epic with its lighter weight, but the comp frame is hard as nails. I’ve stuck a reverb on mine, and will probably look in the future at putting some carbon wheels on it, some carbon bars and maybe go 1 x 10 when the drivetrain has worn out.
If you “get” 29ers they are great. I didn’t after my first ride, but having tried a Tallboy, Yeti SB95 and Five 29 I realised a 29er was definitely going to be my next bike.Posted 3 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
wobbliscott – Member
Any news on the Cotic Rocket 29 moving into production? Given the news over on the 2015 Transition thread it might be a possible bike to tempt me off my Covert.Posted 3 years ago
Something’s gone wrong on that front – see the BTR Pinner / Cotic thread
No real news on what’s happening instead of the original plan.teknorobMember
If you’re not a giant and you want a bike that does everything then, after test riding tall boy, and the enduro, you’ll end up like me on the bike you didnt think you’ll choose a 29 stumpy but 150/120 Pikes on the front. It weighs in at 26lbs in this form and i ride swinley/ Surrey hills plus 4 excursions a year to the Pyrenees and so far i cant faze the stumpy and it hasnt fazed me either.
Pics of build:Posted 3 years ago
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