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Offline Breitest24

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Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« on: July 24, 2011, 07:40:11 PM »
So I want to get a new FS29er. Currently I have a hei-hei and a HT 29er. The Kona only has 3.5  in the rear so I want more travel for sure. Also I have a hard time on the tight stuff, not sure if its just my balance or what. Im looking at either a specialized comp 29er or one of the treks, but im open for options. the budget would be around the 2-3k range maybe even used. I plan to part out the kona and just sell the HT for the funds. Thanks guys!.

Just some extra info Im always riding boyette, havent been to alafia too much. I ride all the trails except sidewinder. Ive been on rollercoaster at alafia but some parts were too hard to turn for me so im usually on north creek.
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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2011, 07:56:49 PM »
I'm looking at the link to the Kona Hei Hei 29 and it has 100mm. This coupled with big wheels ability to smooth out a ride is probably more than enough for the area.
http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=hei_hei_2-9_se

That said. 29ers are merely a fad and once this overwhelming acceptance of them wears off you will all come crawling back to the "right size" ;D

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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2011, 08:11:08 PM »
Mines is an 09 only 80mm not the newer ones.

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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2011, 08:58:06 PM »
by these measures I'm amazed my rigid makes it out of the parking lot.

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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2011, 08:43:52 AM »
kona is coming out with a 130 full squish... looks pretty cool as well...

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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2011, 08:47:47 AM »
Check out the 2012 Scott Spark 29er FS coming out later this year... it is going to sell out FAST...


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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2011, 12:27:26 PM »
Salsa Spearfish is worth looking at.  80mm rear and 100mm front...but the price is under right under $2300 complete with 2x10 drivetrain, Reba fork, etc. 

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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2011, 01:26:47 PM »
Salsa Spearfish is worth looking at.  80mm rear and 100mm front...but the price is under right under $2300 complete with 2x10 drivetrain, Reba fork, etc.

alan if he is looking for something with more travel in the rear i dont think the spearfish would fit the build...imo
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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2011, 02:44:12 PM »
Wow that bike is nice Mellow I had no idea. I bet its out of my price range, but i would love to test one of those out.

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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2011, 03:49:34 PM »
I have a hard time on the tight stuff

It's the clown wheels causing that.  ;D

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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2011, 06:06:09 PM »
I have a hard time on the tight stuff

It's the clown wheels causing that.  ;D

Im sure it is, but the way the bike eats rocks and roots. Im ok with that which is why Im leaning towards the specialized  they say it puts you in the bike, not on it. Im sure thats marketing BS but its got me dreaming.

One of my buddies has been using my HT for months. Had to borrow a friends FS 26er due to a friend visiting and wanting to go riding.  He almost went over the bars 3 times because the bike didnt want to roll over certain things. He still has the FS 26er but he rather ride the 29er HT,

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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2011, 06:22:55 PM »
Instead of buying something new, maybe adjusting/changing your rear shock may give you what you are looking for?  The Hei-Hei is a decent bike.  As for the turning, if you are having trouble turning a 29er, I assume it is at slower speeds.  If so, then try to keep pressure on the pedals to help aid the forward momentum.  You may find it easier to turn and maneuver through/over stuff while turning the pedals vs. trying to coast through the corner.  It is also easier to maneuver any corner if you are out of the saddle.  You also may be turning-in a little early, but I'm merely speculating.
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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2011, 06:31:58 PM »
definitely at slow speeds lol. Im sure I could get better with practice at balancing. Not to mention im clipless now which I think im going back to platforms. Falling on a stupid turn at a slow speed because you cant unclip is stupid and plays with my head.

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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2011, 06:45:57 PM »
True, but the better you get in them, the better you will ride.  Try practicing track stands and small circles in either direction.  Getting out of the saddle is night-and-day when it comes to balancing.  You also gain stability with speed.
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Re: Need help deciding on a new 29er.
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2011, 07:30:26 PM »
Actually the point of this was for more travel. Im gonna hang on to my bike a little longer just got some elixir 5s this morning off flea bay. Also got parts to convert the HT to a 1x9.  hitting up alafia after work on thursday withe the HT  maybe i just belong on flat pedals.

 

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