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2 Bikes: Help Me Choose

Marin Rift Zone 2

Vitus Mythique 29 VR (I would add dropper post)

Budget $2K. I think I have it narrowed down to these two. Just getting back into the sport after a 12-year hiatus. 49 years old, 6'2", 190 lbs, plan to go with an XL. Riding the Southeast, mostly Atlanta area/North Georgia trails.

Opinions/Pros & Cons greatly appreciated!



  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,792
    This is a UK centric forum, so I doubt anyone knows what the trails are like so a description would help.

    Of the two I'd go with the Marin for the better drivetrain, Fork could do with a slightly better compression damper (just add damper, no need for a new fork) than the basic RL is the main weakness I see. Likewise the shock but less so.
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
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