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    Reply to: Your stupid maintenance mistakes….

    Rushing pedal removal and forgetting to:

    1) Wear a long sleeve top and gloves

    2) Put the chain into the big ring, leaving all the teeth exposed.

    Now I’ve got a bit of nerve damage on the side of my wrist, a bunch of scar tissue underneath and what looks like a shark-bite scar.

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    Reply to: Buyer’s Angst – Is 650b On the Way Out?

    It’s not on the way out, but it might/already is becoming the less popular choice for XC/trail/enduro bikes.

    When talking to my local (where I used to work), they’re telling a similar story to what you’re experiencing: almost all the 29” stock for 2019 has been sold so folks are stuck waiting for 2020 bikes and they’ve struggled to move 27.5” off the floor, hence the deals.

    As mentioned though, buy what you like to ride! The industry goes through trends, but unlike the quick demise of 26” there’s still enough OEM sales of 27.5” to keep support for spares and parts going. The only thing to keep in mind is resale value when you want your next bike if the industry is still big on 29” wheels.

    P.S. I jumped into 29” wheels just over 10 years ago so never bought a 27.5” bike, but I will say that the latest crop of short travel 29” bikes are impressive, truly getting over almost all the previous negatives aside from the weight difference. I’m about to jump from a 2016 Trek Fuel EX to an Ibis Ripley v4, just as soon as they get more stock in Europe 😉

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    Reply to: 2020 Santa Cruz Hightower unveiled

    I was hoping that they’d do the long/low/slack/steep thing, but keep it rooted in what I’d consider average trail bike territory. The next Tallboy would hopefully fill the void, but I think I’m going to just go ahead and get an Ibis Ripley instead. It looks right on the money.

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    Reply to: New Camber or Canyon?

    I had a pretty similar dilemma late last year in the dead of winter, albeit with the 29ers. Ended up with a 2014 Trek Fuel EX as it was on sale – love it.

    What might be more useful though is my wife’s experience from getting a new bike this year: 2015 Rumor Elite (the women’s sibling to the Camber) 29 vs. 2016 Rumor 650B vs. 2015 Nerve 650B. She (and I) rode them all, but she ended up going for the 2015 Rumor Elite because our LBS offered us a great deal and she still prefers 29ers for now.

    The Rumor 650B is a great bike, but the 2016 pricing wasn’t great value for money in comparison to the 2015 model. The Canyon (oh I should add, we live in Germany and made a side trip to Koblenz) was just very XC in it’s handling and feel – it felt a lot more like a confident marathon bike as opposed to trail machine. Very solid bike though, but seeing how my wife’s been progressing on the bike, a more Trail/All Mountain feel was what I recommended she get.

    Sounds like you’re in a pretty similar place. I reckon that if you can, go for the 2016 Camber if you want a short-mid travel trail bike with modern geometry, knowing that you’ll might want to upgrade the wheels/brakes at some point down the road. the 2016’s look like great all-rounder bikes.

    I’m not sure if Canyon will update the Nerve, Eurobike has come and gone. But in it’s current form, and from the few spins I’ve taken on the 650B and 29er models, get it if you’re a better technical descender, but need more help getting up the hills. If you’re the opposite, the new 140mm 650B Spectrals look like a steal too.

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