So what are the big honkin 29ers then?
Making a list and checking it twice… Not neccesarily about wheel travel or whatever, just about intent- so the Prime is a little shorter travel frinstance. Just flat ruling out anything steeper than 68 degrees though, it’s 2014. Missing any?
Commencal Meta AM 29
Cube Stereo 140
Intense Spider Comp (but not the normal spider)
Kona Satori (discounting the process, too short travel)
Nicolai Ion 15
Orange Five 29
Santa Cruz Tallboy LT
I’m considering buying used so the more contenders the better 😉 Think the Transition is currently top of the heap thoughPosted 4 years agomboySubscriber
Just ordered myself a cheap Ghost AMR 2955 from CRC, only 100mm at the back (doesn’t need more IMO), 110mm up front and 69 degree head angle, but low BB means a 120 or even a 130mm fork should be a goer bringing the head angle to about 68 degrees.
Was looking at the Banshee at Core bike show, looks good, but not sure a 29er needs that much travel myself…Posted 4 years ago
Some good ones in there, cheers!
If I do this, it’s to replace a 160/150mm 26 inch full suss with coil lyriks so definitely not going to a short travel 29er, or anything too xc- needs good tyre clearance etc. Rules out quite a few. Even with the 68-degree head angle crowd I’m trying to avoid anything that won’t take an angle headset if need be, as I likes me the slack.
That Escarpe’s crazy value, wish it fitted! I’d be tempted to just grab one.
Er, what else. Horsethief, BMC and WFO are great calls, cheers! Stumpy is eliminated for gobsmacking ugliness, Pyga for its ridiculous seatmast. The RIP9, Sultan and Bandit don’t push my buttons, all seem a bit xc.Posted 4 years ago
The single ring thing puts me off the process too… (not that I’m against single ring, but options are good… And it makes for a rather expensive bike)
I rode a Sultan and I will not comment on that experience here because there are fans present who’re taking time out to try and help… but no ta!Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
bigdean – Member
For the price of a frame these days you could a) get a custom build b) buy a welder and build one your self.
Though the countless hours currently spent playing with suspension kinematics on CAD has made me appreciate a well designed frame.
PMSL as most people would have no idea what would make a custom frame any better short of – copy that please (which would probably turn out more expensive) and the thought of buying a welder and then learning to weld 🙂
Anyway the Tallboy gets a very good write up and the missus is very made up with hers so I reckon the LT would be good 🙂Posted 4 years ago
mikewsmith – Member
PMSL as most people would have no idea what would make a custom frame any better short of – copy that please
That is totally what I would do 😆 I can weld- well, I can stick bits of metal together with birdshit well enough that they don’t break under their own weight- but I couldn’t weld a bike, or cut the tubes, or any of that useful stuff. Think I will leave it to the experts.
(if I was customming something, it’d be a new longer slacker front triangle for my Hemlock, but I digress)Posted 4 years agoScienceofficerMember
Sultan rider here. IMO it’s a trail bike. Not stiff enough for hammer-time use and its not slack enough to meet your spec anyway is it?
Built chunky, it gives a good account of itself, but I don’t think it has the correct suspension characteristics for big stuff.
I’d be interested to hear why you didn’t get on with one North wind.Posted 4 years ago
My default mode is unconstructive slagging so I’ll wind it in- it just felt tall and steep, very old-school American. Pedalled amazingly for a 125mm bike, but then I thought, why is it a 125mm bike in the first place? That’s a lot of travel for a 29er, and it looks pretty sturdy… but it could be shorter and lighter without giving anything away. I didn’t know the geometry but looking at it now I see long chainstays, short reach, highish bb, steep head angle…Posted 4 years agoJCLMember
Well if you had the funds the TF01 is the way to go. Stunning details, perfect geo and the rate is supposed to be perfectly linear/progressive. I would have gone that way if I could have got one at anything like what I can get a Specialized for but no chance so E29 it is.
What I would do if I was you is buy the Comp E29 bike and get some Derby rims and eventually Pike/XO1. That combo would stuff a stock carbon E29. The rear suspension is so much better than most bikes that it’ll still be fine with the OE shock.Posted 4 years agoLesterMember
ill suggest the two i have, both by Titus
ti fireline evo 29er fun bike and seems to be able to do everything well
and titus carbon rockstar, cant comment on how it rides as i only finished building it last night, i built frame only up, so im sure you would spec up in a few areas
and dont forget fat bikes are 29ers as well 🙂Posted 4 years agobigdeanSubscriber
PMSL as most people would have no idea what would make a custom frame any better short of – copy that please (which would probably turn out more expensive) and the thought of buying a welder and then learning to weld
I’d love to buy a tig welder and learn, new frame is an excuse but its not for everyone granted.
Options was asked for and yes what does make a good frame?
R.e. copying- the covert looks good on paper just short (as per other thread) so just “copy” that and add 1.5″ to the front triangle?
I’ve been reading and looking a suspension designs for a while now and still not past the 2d wire frame stage. Getting to grips with balancing chain growth, travel is difficult but in an ineresting way.
Anyway i just want my 5 spot in 29″ form (140/150 travel), unfortunaly thats not the sultan and the burner is not worth the swap, same as OP not wanting 650b.Posted 4 years agojohnnySubscriber
I’ve got a bit of a thing for a Devinci atlas at the moment. Only 110mm travel frame, but will take up to a 140mm fork.
Also has reversible linkages that slacken and lower the geometry.
I’ve not ridden one, but good reviews and they look nice, which is as thorough a basis as most STW reccomendations…!Posted 4 years agoLesterMember
and dont forget fat bikes are 29ers as well
I’d check your ERD if I were you, you’ve been short changed
not sure what ERD meansPosted 4 years ago
maybe i should have said that fat bikes can be 29ers, maybe i should have said “can” be 29ers as the majority of fat tyres are almost identical in size to a 29er diameter
and a krampus can be bothwobbliscottMember
For those who can’t see the point in long travel 29ers, don’t knock them till you’ve tried them. Long travel 29ers make complete and utter sense, great fun. Went out on mine today after a month and a half off it and even though I was taking it easy as I’ve been off it for a while I had a hoot. Yes you can use them in steam roller fashion if you want, but that misses the point, they just make you want to hunt out bumpier terrain.Posted 4 years ago
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