Looking for a new bike 29er help needed.
I fancy a new bike, I’m looking for suggestions which are purely one sided an unfounded, except by you.
So I’m after a fast short to medium travel full sus. I am leaning more xc than down hill, but I don’t want a bike which will moan after a few feet drop off or a jump.
What you got and what’s you thoughts.
Thanks, LeePosted 5 years agobigdugsbawsMember
How about a Giant Anthem?, Dales Cycles have 20% off for the next few days so X3 is £1360 and X1 £1600, unbelievably good value!!Posted 5 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
From what you say the Orbea Occam would suit. I tested the top of the range one and loved it but one of the mid range ones is what I’d buy. Or the X version with 120mm forks. Orbea Occam 29 review
Someone mentioned the Commencal AM29 which I also tested this year. I loved it too although it was let down by the wheels. It’s more of an all mountain machine and is incredibly capable downhill. Commencal Meta AM 29 review
Both are ace bikes and I would have either one in a heartbeat.Posted 5 years agojoeposeMember
Did my head lookin for exactly the same type of thing ur describing.Posted 5 years ago
Came up with this:
I’m in the same boat , been looking over the last few evenings and I’ve singled out 2 top contenders .
Giant Trance x1 29er
Canyon Nerve AL 8.9 29er
The Giant has been getting some cracking reviews but can’t find any of the Canyon , think its a little too new. Good spec and given Canyons history I can see it will be a top bike .
Only problem with these 2 is you may have to be patient , neither look available much before April .
I’m using it as an incentive to get fitter before I bend the plastic 😉
StevePosted 5 years agoSannySubscriber
<sticks hand up>
I’ve been seriously impressed by the Trance X 29er 1. It’s a long term tester so I’m reserving final judgement until I’ve gotten a lot more miles in but so far, so good.
It fair licks along at a rate of knots on your traditional XC style trails but has already served me well on my first few trips into the bigger hills which is what I wanted it for. At £2k, it’s light, rips along in singletrack and comes with a dropper post. Like I said, I’m reserving judgement until it’s seen many months of riding on a variety of trails but if it was my money and on the basis of how it has ridden so far, I’d definitely have it at or near the top of my list. To me it rides like an Anthem X 29er but has a bit of extra oomph in reserve for when you decide to go out for a play in the bigger stuff.
As for the shock, I wouldn’t get hung up on it. It works – I run it in Descend mode all the time and it feels pretty much ideal for my purposes even on extended road sections. I would encourage you to take one out on a test ride as just reading specs never gives you a proper picture of how a bike will ride.
I would love to have gotten the Full XT equipped model but having ridden the 1 version, I have to say I wouldn’t now pay the extra grand given how good the £2k model is. I expect it will be their top seller given the price and spec.
Hope this helps?
SannyPosted 5 years agoFuzzyWuzzyMember
I wasn’t that impressed when I demo’d the Trance 29er, it felt good initially but that’s because I’d mostly been riding rigid SS the rides before it. When I switched back to my Zesty during the demo it felt so much more solid and capable than the Trance. There seemed a load of back wheel flex to (whether that’s the wheel itself or the pivots I’m not sure). I thought the Anthem felt a bit more planted (the opposite of what I was expecting).Posted 5 years ago
Whyte T-129 looks decent value and I’m waiting for reviews of the Canyon
ljs1977 – Member
Weeksy would you mind giving me a quick review and an idea of cost for a good build.
Easiest thing is this thread mate, the more i ride the Spearfish the more for me it’s the Do it all. At Llandegla it was excellent. Keeping with much more DH rigs that mine on the downs and flying on the hills. On the XC stuff it’s plush, compliant and pedals great. Watching the shock you can see a certain amount of ‘bob’ but you don’t notice it as such. I guess if you were being picky you’d want some lockout instead of the Monarch on there.
The weight is good, the build quality seems excellent. Paint is superb.
I struggle to fault it and up to now am totally unable to.Posted 5 years ago
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