Trail/XC FS 29ers
I’m looking for a 29er to replace my slightly too small Giant Trance 26. To be used for everything from the occasional XC race to the occasional trip to the Alps/Scotland, but mostly around Swinley/Surrey Hills.
I guess my dream checklist would be: Lightweight, Carbon, 100/120mm rear travel, 120/140 front, 68/69 head angle, Shimano groupset and available in XL to suit someone 6’3″. Unfortunately my budget is around £2k, so something will have to give.
I’ve looked at the Salsa Horsethief, but a bit concerned about weight and climbing ability, Scott Genius looks good, but apparently shocks are a bit dodgy. Whyte 109/129 seem to have a few cracking issues and aren’t available in XL. Meta AM 29, like the Horsethief, perhaps a bit too much bike for the uphills. I had a look at a Felt Edict Nine 3, which with a slacker HA and a longer fork would be ideal, but as is its way too racy for me. Giant Anthem/Trance 29ers look reasonable, but are very ugly.
Has anyone got any of the above and want to persuade me of their brilliance, or alternatively got any other suggestions before I make up my mind?Posted 4 years agoz1ppyMember
Dear god a couple of pic’s of broken Whyte’s and all of sudden there a death trap! Get a grip, all manufactures.. that right all manufacturers, suffer failures. It’s how well the manufacturer deal with it, that counts.
If were going to talk about brands with bad records for broken frames, why the hell are you looking at Commencal’s?
The Whyte M109 (though not as slack at 100m as you’d like) would seemingly fit you requirments, but not budget for a the carbon frame version. There are also numerous ppl running the large that are 6″3′, without complaint.Posted 4 years ago
The Process looks great but has a PF92 BB, which since buying a PF frame I won’t be rushing to buy another (U/S POS).timb34Member
Might be slightly on the racy side, but the Titus Rockstar will take a 120mm fork (according to the on-one website). If you can transfer groupset from the Trance then a self build could squeeze in under your budget.
There’s the BMC fourstroke as well, which comes in cheaper alloy or alloy/carbon versions.
Or sell a kidney and get an Ibis Ripley.
edit – sorry, just realised that the Rockstar only goes up to LargePosted 4 years ago
double edit – the BMC only goes up to large as well, but BMC say it’s for a rider up to 195 cm tall (about 6ft 4)
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