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29er Choice.......

cheeheecheehee Posts: 427
edited May 2010 in MTB buying advice
Right I'm pretty sure I'm gonna get a 29er.

Budget is a grand absolute tops.

I guess the default choice/s would be

http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/CBOO29INRA/inbred-29er-race

or

http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/CBOO29SCST/ ... andal-29er

?

I would have to shift my epic first, but tbh <whispers> I'm riding the road bike a lot more. :wink: and I am finding a full suspension MTB to be overkill for what I use it for, which is light XC, towpaths with Mrs Cheehee and the odd XC race.

So I guess my question is, are there any other 29ers I should consider??

My LBS sell Gary Fisher and I've had a quick look in there.

Thanks

Cheehee

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  • SplottboySplottboy Posts: 3,695
    I was watching the Dalby event on Sky etc. Lots of 29ers there.

    Thinking of something very similar to you, so I'm gonna read all your replies!!!!

    Theres some nice 29ers on the Niner site, but may be too much, so how bout stripping your current rig and transfer all but the forks, frame, wheels to this?

    Second problem, for me: Alu, steel...other? ( No carbon ! )

    Giant now doing 29ers too now.
  • cheeheecheehee Posts: 427
    Splottboy wrote:
    I was watching the Dalby event on Sky etc. Lots of 29ers there.

    Thinking of something very similar to you, so I'm gonna read all your replies!!!!

    .

    Oiii get your own thread :D

    I've got the MTb'ing on my Sky Plus to watch this weekend.
  • M6TTFM6TTF Posts: 602
    just ordered myself a Scandal 29er pro XT.
    My first choice was a Gary Fisher X-Cal and had one on back order since the end of Jan, but after a computer censored up at Trek, basically there's nothing left at all until the 2011 bikes are launched. So unless you can find a shop with the bike you want in the right size you're screwed. shame as the GF's offer by far the best spec for the money.

    Giant do the XTC2 and 1 and are nice bikes but the XTC1 29er is sold out.

    Kona do a few but gurss what - most of them are sold out.

    Spesh, Cannondale and Scott have them in the range but don't bring them into the UK

    ...and back to On-one, look like really good value - only issue for me was the carbon fork as it's way to rocky round here for regular fully rigid distance riding, my wrists are too old! so I've bought a cheapish Tora (couldn't stretch to a Reba) to see how I get on.

    Coming in a week or two, cant wait!!!!!
  • SplottboySplottboy Posts: 3,695
    "Taffy was a Welshman, Taffy was a THIEF..." See, it's in the blood, Boyo !

    I'm thinking on your lines, as I broke my femur a few years back, and don't do the tuff stuff I used to. That's not to say the terrain is easy, just not as stooooopid as I used to ride.
    Fact is, I've been riding a Norco Bigfoot, rigid, all over the Winter, and am shocked what it can get up, over, down.

    29er with 100 travel should suit us both, but at 169 cm, bit concerned bout the ride hite.

    I'll have to test ride em to see.

    Good luck with yer Quest.
  • ratty2kratty2k Posts: 3,872
    Singular? Build it yourself jobbie, but careful choice on parts should get comparable prices.....

    Mine:
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    3906285145_ab54d4939f_b.jpg
    My Pics !


    Whadda ya mean I dont believe in god?
    I talk to him everyday....
  • cheeheecheehee Posts: 427
    ratty2k wrote:
    Singular? Build it yourself jobbie, but careful choice on parts should get comparable prices.....

    Mine:
    4200954750_c491931cb0.jpg

    3906285145_ab54d4939f_b.jpg

    Noice 8) , I had a looksie on their website.

    Singletrack reviewed their ti 29'er this issue and gave it a glowing write up.

    How tall are you and what frame size have you got?
  • ratty2kratty2k Posts: 3,872
    cheehee, 6ft and on a medium frame
    My Pics !


    Whadda ya mean I dont believe in god?
    I talk to him everyday....
  • cheeheecheehee Posts: 427
    ratty2k wrote:
    cheehee, 6ft and on a medium frame

    Cheers. I'm 6'3" so I'll be a Large/XL. I'll phone/email them next week see what they say....

    I'm not sure if I've got the legs to go s/s though.

    Taffyboy :wink: .........I mean Splottboy's idea of stripping down the epic sounds like a good shout.

    Thanks for all the suggestions.

    Cheehee
  • ratty2kratty2k Posts: 3,872
    cheehee, mines Alfine'd.... 8spd... :)
    My Pics !


    Whadda ya mean I dont believe in god?
    I talk to him everyday....
  • John MooreJohn Moore Posts: 580
    cheehee

    Are you any where near Yorkshire tomorrow?

    Chevin Cycles who specialise in 29ers are having a demo day
    http://www.chevincycles.com/news.php?articleid=449
  • cheeheecheehee Posts: 427
    ratty2k wrote:
    cheehee, mines Alfine'd.... 8spd... :)

    Oh right. How do you get on with it?
  • cheeheecheehee Posts: 427
    John Moore wrote:
    cheehee

    Are you any where near Yorkshire tomorrow?

    Chevin Cycles who specialise in 29ers are having a demo day
    http://www.chevincycles.com/news.php?articleid=449

    No unfortunately not.

    "Squirt Lube" looks interesting though............ :D

    Cheers for the link
  • ratty2kratty2k Posts: 3,872
    cheehee wrote:
    ratty2k wrote:
    cheehee, mines Alfine'd.... 8spd... :)

    Oh right. How do you get on with it?
    Its a third bike :oops: :lol: so doesn't get used that often, but when I do use it I always enjoy it, rigid or sus fork...
    My Pics !


    Whadda ya mean I dont believe in god?
    I talk to him everyday....
  • cheeheecheehee Posts: 427
    ratty2k wrote:
    cheehee wrote:
    ratty2k wrote:
    cheehee, mines Alfine'd.... 8spd... :)

    Oh right. How do you get on with it?
    Its a third bike :oops: :lol: so doesn't get used that often, but when I do use it I always enjoy it, rigid or sus fork...

    It's a purdy bike for sure.........

    See, I've kinda gone full circle in two years by that I mean I had a fully rigid rockhopper for years, then got a Rockhopper with Recons, then a Epic so F/S albeit a HT'ish ride and if I get the 29'er in all likelihood fully rigid again :lol:

    Like I said I'm riding my roadbike and I am enjoyng the "just get on and ride" ability it offers. I find I ride the MTB less and less, partly due to, having to ride/drive to anywhere half decent, having to check suspension pressures and when I get the bike sh*t up it takes an age to clean and relube etc.......

    My thinking is that a rigid 29'er will simplify my riding.

    Cheers

    Cheehee
  • SplottboySplottboy Posts: 3,695
    OH-MY-GOD! Anyone else seen the May edition of Mountain Bike Action?

    Got a review of the Motobecane Fly Team 29er Titanium, with...Sram XX...

    Weighs 22.5lbs, costs - You sitting down? - $5,595 !!!

    ( Just looking thro the local papers small ad's, to see if anyone wants to but a kidney, 2 children or 25 yrs of free sperm donations...Only way I'm gonna be able to get on. lol. )
  • ScotxrScotxr Posts: 172
    Out of your first 2 choices then the Scandal definatley. Loved it when I rode it.

    I see Pace are bringing out a REALLY nice 29er........

    http://www.singletrackworld.com/2010/04/pace-129er/

    8)
    Santa Cruz Blur XC
    Nicolai Helius FR
    Planet X Carbon RED
  • Pigeon.Pigeon. Posts: 49
    I've had my Scandal XT for a couple of years and used it for commuting most days (mix of road, bridleways. towpath, fields & woods), I've found it very fast and can just about keep up with my mates tri-cross bike and found it noticeably faster than my 26er hardtail (especially when climbing). I do find that when the terrain is choppier i miss the suspension but on balance for bridleways, fields and woods I found it struck the right balance. I messed around with the set up a lot before coming to the conclusion that On-one had it spot on to start with!
  • NorthwindNorthwind Posts: 14,682
    If I had the money to do it right I'd build up a Scandal 29er like a shot... Ace bikes. And tbh there's not really been a lot of point to the Inbred since the Scandal came alone, in either 26 or 29 (IMO! But it's true ;) )
    Uncompromising extremist
  • cheeheecheehee Posts: 427
    So I've ignored all your advice and ordered one of these.

    mojito.jpg

    £230 new from Rutland Cycles on ebay. Bargain!!

    I'll be upgrading it, probably start with some carbon forks from on one..............

    Cheers

    Cheehee
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