Intention is to build a fun, trail bike. 120mm forks + SRAM XX1...
Ti... Van Nicholas Mamtor could work?
Fe... Cotic Soul is the current front runner?
Any thoughts, abuse etc. appreciated :-)
*collection for reference is 07 Specialized Epic, 08 FS Stumpy, 2011 S-works Stumpy HT, 2012 Pivot Mach 4 + roadies. Collection is shared with better half.
The collection appears to be lacking a 29er
> Fe... Cotic Soul is the current front runner?
Have you read the sizing notes, I prefer a slightly smaller frame than normal on these bikes (Cotic BFe's which has same geometry as Soul). They are better for chucking around but the penalty might be on long days XC style riding and uphill but price worth paying for gravity is your friend.
fun... + ..120mm
Computer says no.
More travel required
He could put a 140mm in the Soul, or get a BFe use a 160mm and head for the rocks.
I wouldn't mind a Cove Stiffee with 160mm forks
Or a Ragley frame with 150mm?
29's I just don't get on with the long wheelbase/sluggish feel.
Budget - not unlimited, but ... (just don't tell the wife)
Travel - there is a brand new set of 120mm Fox Terralogic forks waiting for a home + this length suits the (realativly) tame trail hereabouts.
The VN Mamtor looks crazy cheap ... $1000 delivered but as Horse said I might have already answered my own Q.
The Cove and the Prince Albert just don't seem to have the pedigree of the Cotic?
And the Cotic is bar far the prettiest of the lot.
Cove, sans Pedigree ! You are kidding?
Check out dialled bikes race team for pedigree
I've got to throw in a vote for a Santa Cruz Chameleon.
> I wouldn't mind a Cove Stiffee with 160mm forks
> Or a Ragley frame with 150mm?
I'd sooner buy a SC Chameleon than a Stiffee if that's the direction the OP wants to go. Failing that on the suggestion for a steel frame I doubt you'd go far wrong with the Cotic suggestions.
mmm, one of those might go well with my old SC Bullit
> 29's I just don't get on with the long wheelbase/sluggish feel.
Seems to be lots of people who have made up their minds that 29ers are wrong simply because they are differant. My hardtail is anything but sluggish !!!
True, they are definitely quicker speed wise, but they are also definitely slower to accelerate and turn (less flickable in the corners) although some of the more recent ones have better tuned Geometry which to an extent counteracts this. They are also heavier.
Plus it's Ti :)
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