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Offline Amazed

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Shopping for new 29'r FS
« on: July 14, 2012, 02:51:21 PM »
Anyone have a preference as to which new 29'r to grab.  I've been looking and researching a bit (too much, maybe) and feel like I'm now just wasting time.  I currently own a 2011 Stumpjumper FSR Comp so anything  with lower specs probably would not work, unless someone has a good tip for entry level.  I considered going entry level and then just upgrading with better parts as they tend to break or get worn, but mostly have been spending time looking at the next level above entry in the Giant Anthem X 1, Stumpy FSR Comp 29, Kona Hei Hei Deluxe 29, Trek Superfly 100AL 29, Niner Jet 9, Scott Spark 29 Expert  and I guess the list could go on and on.

Hope I'm not starting a brand war at this juncture, just needing some tips from those with experience of the mentioned brands.  I'm 5'-11", 205lbs and 61 years old if that would lend to helpful tips.

Thanks in advance to all,
James

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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2012, 11:13:32 AM »
I would go with the max on your budget..look @ everything in price range and then stack the components up against each other...and see who's got the most pang for the buck...
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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2012, 08:02:19 PM »
Giant is also releasing a Trance 29er, longer travel than the Anthem, shorter chainstays, lower top tube.

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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2012, 08:33:30 PM »
No better way than to start riding bikes. I think AJ's can rent you a demo bike to try out and LeRoy's in Lakeland has a few demo bikes you can test at Carter. I'm sure one of the many Trek dealers around has some type of demo or rental program (I'm partial to Just Ride in Valrico, but I don't think they have demos). If you can hold out there are demos from the big brands in the area from time to time.

That being said I suggest buying a 429 from Eric at Native in Riverview...as you build it just remember it's only money.

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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2012, 09:12:09 PM »
I really like the entry level 29er FS bikes from Salsa and Santa Cruz.  The Santa Cruz Superlight can be had complete for under $2k with a pretty solid build. 

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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2012, 06:55:10 AM »
If I had to replace my Vassago (which I am extremely happy with) the choice would likely be a Salsa El Mariachi. I like steel, but you're not likely to find steel FS so I'm not much help in your search. :-)

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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2012, 08:14:08 AM »
I've ridden most of the bikes you have listed, for my money I would go with the Stumpy 29er comp, that is if you want the bike that takes our local trails that contain thousands of Palmetto roots, rocks, holes etc and provides the plushest ride.
 
But you are looking at the lightest, fastest, shortest travel, there ae better options.
 
I would really suggest that you ride as many of the possible choices as possible, some shops have demo bikes and there are a lot of people that wil let you try their bike out on the local trails if you ask the right way.
 
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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2012, 12:25:01 PM »
At 61 I would consider an Ellsworth, not entirely sure but I think AARP offers some discounts  ;)

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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2012, 02:21:30 AM »
I test rode a bunch of these bikes and can personally say that the G2 geo on the treks works will for me. Others don't like it, but I have a longer upper body so the longer top tube just feels right. The Stumpy had nicer specs for only a few hundred more, but it just felt too cramped and upright. The Giant and Scott seemed to be in the middle ground but of the two I'd probably give the tie to the Giant. Go out and test ride each one several times and you'll find the right one. I personally have never seen the point of buying a bike with out riding it first. If I had done that, I would have ended up on the Stumpy and while I could make due with that, it's still not the right bike for me. Good luck.
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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2012, 09:52:40 AM »
Forgot about Trek.  They do have a nice line of FS 29ers and the entry level ones are well priced with comparable components at that level.  Worth checking out.

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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2012, 05:52:06 PM »
I've ridden most of the bikes you have listed, for my money I would go with the Stumpy 29er comp, that is if you want the bike that takes our local trails that contain thousands of Palmetto roots, rocks, holes etc and provides the plushest ride.

Thanks for the info.  I have a 2011 Stumpy that is giving me a ton of repair expense lately so I'm really starting to lean away from the newer ones.  I've only had the bike for 6 months and it's been in the shop 1/2 dozen times in the last 2 months.... <sigh>  And I seldom take a spill or wreck so I'm a tad perturbed!

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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2012, 06:15:30 PM »
you should buy that Salsa Spearfish in the for sale section.

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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2012, 09:14:21 AM »
Just revisiting and wanted to share what I've been looking at currently.  There comes a time when research and the like start becoming a blur...LOL!  Earnestly looking at an Expert EVO 29'r (not sure of the weight) and a Mach 429 (23.5 lbs).....   May have to do without Christmas and Birthdays for a few years though....heh!  Any thought on these before I squeeze the trigger?

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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2012, 10:01:57 AM »
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Re: Shopping for new 29'r FS
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2012, 07:06:48 AM »
Scott Spark 29 Expert
UBC has a 2012 FS on sale $2499
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