Sorry to bore you 29er hard tail advice
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with some x-fusion slides, slx groupset etc. Should be doable on your budget.Posted 3 years agomboySubscriber
The Large Kinesis FF29 comes up pretty big for a large, you might find it just about big enough for you.
If not, then look at the upcoming Stanton Bikes Sherpa, it’s going to come in a massive 21″ size with a very long TT to fit guys up to around 6ft6 so I’m assured…Posted 3 years agoKingofBiscuitsMember
I’ve not ridden many. So can only advise on the one I own. But every time I ride it I realise it’s a fantastic trail bike. So, so capable which is the reason that I’m selling my FS. Cotic Solaris.
Decent length top tube. Decent head angle. Short stays. Big wheels.Posted 3 years agoScienceofficerMember
One thing to consider with the Solaris is rear tyre clearance. Its not bad, but its not anywhere near being able to clear a 2.4 ardent like its claimed, at least not with a 23mm internal width rim. Even with a 2.25 michelin wild race’r the clearances are marginal and I could get the rubber to touch the stays on both sides with what I consider acceptable flex from the wheels.
I’m 14.5st running a large and found that I can’t run a nice wide tyre, which means I can’t run the lower pressures I prefer without cutting right through tyre carcass. With the higher pressures I need to prevent the cutting, I’m not achieving the ride quality from the bike, notably traction on slow speed rock and root crawling on difficult and thrutchy climbs. It shows its self in other scenarios too, but the big issue for me is the specific one noted above.
This is my only negative with the bike. Its an otherwise excellent, careful considered and well designed and constructed set of pipes. Sadly, because I can’t achieve what I want, I’ll be selling in in a few weeks.
YMMVPosted 3 years agokelvinSubscriber
Scienceofficer…. personally, I think one of the few disadvantages of 29ers is that you need to throw more money or weight at the wheels to keep them stiff enough… If you want the increased stiffness in the frame rear end instead, it might be worth trying a Kinesis FF29.Posted 3 years agoScienceofficerMember
I agree with your statement entirely – its the reason I’m transitioning to deep section carbon rims for my full suss, however, my solaris wheels are Reynolds built Maxlights IX’s and they’re perfectly stiff enough.
All wheels flex. The issue is how much clearance you need to prevent rubber contact with the stays under loading.
When there’s about 1 mm at rest between the chainstay and the rubber, you know you’re onto a loser either way.
Thanks for the suggestion of the FF29, but I’m looking in the 2souls direction after having the chance to ride one.Posted 3 years ago
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