- whtye t129s or canyon nerve al 29
Had a Whyte, now sold. Perfect weekend warrior trail centre bike IMO, capable and forgiving. Probably as agile as any FS 29er, there’s a limit to how compact a frame can be that also accommodates a big wheel with space for it to move. I’ll probably buy a 650b with more travel. Can’t comment on the Canyon but can’t fault the Whyte if what it’s made for is what you want to do.Posted 4 years agotrailzillaMember
I recently bought the Canyon AL29, love it.
I got the 7.9 spec for around £1600, and then switched the brakes out for XT, swapped the tyres for some 2.4 Ardents, and added pedals, wide bar, lock-on grips and seat to my own preferred taste. Probably came to about 2k in the end.
It sits alongside my full-on built BFe and copes with the rough stuff almost as well, while being waaaaay more comfortable. I usually build my own bikes up, this is the first time i’ve really bought a full bike and i’ve not been disapointed.Posted 4 years ago
The current XT brakes fit “post mount” 160mm rotors with no adapter. For anything else you’ll need an adapter.
It looks the front rotor is 180mm (that’s normal for a trail bike) so you’ll need a +20mm adapter for that. See maico’s second pic.
Most likely you won’t need an adapter for the rear but check the bike spec to be sure. It may be an IS mount rather than post mount for instance though that’s rare on new bikes nowadays.
I’d suggest buying Shimano adapter(s) not reusing the ones that come with the bike (which if you sell the brakes you can sell with them). See http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/if-my-worn-xt-brake-padsPosted 4 years ago
yeah the rear mount is post.Posted 4 years ago
To fit XT brakes you just need to buy a 180mm front post mount adapter like this:
or the slightly cheaper standard Shimano one.
Nothing is needed at the back.
I’m still running the original Avid discs.
I sold the unused original Avid 3s with mounting bits for £55 on ebay so the cost of changing to XT was bearable.Posted 4 years ago
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