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Offline KEV

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Mid to long travel Hardtails in FL?
« on: June 24, 2011, 06:37:30 PM »
Does anyone around here ride a 120mm+ travel hardtail as a trail bike?

I have a nice set of 26" wheels and a 140mm fork in the spare parts bin and i am entertaining a long travel hardtail.

Looking at cotic, chromag, pipedream, sanderson, evil, transition, dialled, orange, dekerf, blah blah blah...

Any experiences with the format either good or bad would be nice!

Thanks

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Re: Mid to long travel Hardtails in FL?
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2011, 06:49:09 PM »
Dont know why you would need such a thing.. 120mm was plenty on my FS Trance X3, and 100mm was good on other HT's and Fs. HT 29er 100mm is more than enough..

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Re: Mid to long travel Hardtails in FL?
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2011, 07:30:55 PM »
Dont know why you would need such a thing.. 120mm was plenty on my FS Trance X3, and 100mm was good on other HT's and Fs. HT 29er 100mm is more than enough..

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Kev, I think that would be a fun play bike... I know people who ride slack long travel/short stays HT (in 29 flavor, of course) and rip.  Wouldn't be my only bike though.

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Re: Mid to long travel Hardtails in FL?
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2011, 12:02:51 PM »
i road a 135 in my 26in hardtail ss great feeling
110 on my hardtail 29er ss... also great ride..... much better than 26in.
next build will bounce between rigid and 120mm ht 29er ss....
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Re: Mid to long travel Hardtails in FL?
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2011, 12:27:56 PM »
next build will bounce between rigid and 120mm ht 29er ss....

Let me guess. Its gonna be a canfield?

I have been bouncing between an idea for a 120-140mm HT 26 and something similar to your idea of a 2011 Kona 29 Unit rigid/100mm or a canfield 29er 100mm/120mm

What was you 135mm SS 26er? How did it handle climbing and cruising the flats. How does it compare to your current 29er in ride quality/comfort?

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Re: Mid to long travel Hardtails in FL?
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2011, 05:02:58 PM »
I ride the Dartmoor Hornet FR/AM frame, it takes a 100-150mm and is a hardtail (see pics).  I'm running a Rockshox Sektor RL 100-140mm coil and it is one seriously fun bike.  It can maintain with the XC guys with a minor amount of extra effort but outshines the rest in the corners, on the downs, and in the air.  The pic has my 'XC' seat set up for general trail riding.  My play stuff is hanging up.  www.dartmoorusa.com www.dartmoor-bikes.com if you want to see the rest of their stuff.  Also, if you want to take it for a spin let me know.
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Re: Mid to long travel Hardtails in FL?
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2011, 06:53:51 PM »
next build will bounce between rigid and 120mm ht 29er ss....


Let me guess. Its gonna be a canfield?

I have been bouncing between an idea for a 120-140mm HT 26 and something similar to your idea of a 2011 Kona 29 Unit rigid/100mm or a canfield 29er 100mm/120mm

What was you 135mm SS 26er? How did it handle climbing and cruising the flats. How does it compare to your current 29er in ride quality/comfort?


my ss ht 26er was an old school nashbar 5000x (tange steel frame),
i didn't have any problems on climbs , cruising and it handeled the fast xc stuff with no problems...fit my riding style pretty well...i have picture somewhere if i can find it i will post it

i broke my my last 29er frame, redline d660.
http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/pp282/darkfrost17/51de698e.jpg
set up rigid
http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/pp282/darkfrost17/49b30645.jpg
set up with the 110 fork
http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/pp282/darkfrost17/312b76f3.jpg
110 fork great ride.... frame was made for an 80mm to 100mm

nimble 9  and the yelli are on top of my short list
short chain stays slack head tube angle is what i am looking for...
i considered the unit for a while but....
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