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Old 09-20-11, 19:49
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I can't comment too much on SRAM, but I did ride it for a little while before the bike I had was disposed of (long story). I remember the rear derailleur had an issue where it would lock-up due to the angle of pull being not offset enough to the parallel swing arms, or something to that effect. Also, I prefer the Shimano trigger shifter options to the SRAM shifting.

The FS MTB is full XTR and I have no complaints.

Yes, the hydraulic disks are a huge improvement. Another thing that makes your hands even happier is Ergon grips. Between those grips and the disk brakes, my hands do not suffer like they do on the hardtail. Obviously, the suspension also helps.

A few other things: as some have posted, Camlebacks are pretty popular. I don’t use them (for cycling) but I can see why so many do. I prefer waterbottles since I don’t like having anything flopping around on my back.

The stress of road riding with cars can be replaced by the stress of trail riding with: other bikers, angry hikers, equestrians, etc.. but it doesn’t have to be that way. From what I have seen, doing MTB riding in a group of over maybe 3 or so leads to a situation where it might annoy other trail users for obvious reasons.

I have been following your saga somewhat here and only know bits and pieces based on reading several posts. I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like to be involved in something like this. I can only guess that what you may be doing to “help the situation” may come into play when the decision makers make their decisions…
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Old 09-29-11, 20:54
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Still on a loaner Joe or parted with $$?
Cant speak with up to date experience personnaly as am a lil chubby too be MTB'n round my way but....
know lots who do and most people riding mixed terrain ie in the "should I buy a short travel full bouncer" camp, are buying long travel hardtails instead and loving them.

O yes camelback essential

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Still on a loaner Joe or parted with $$?
Cant speak with up to date experience personnaly as am a lil chubby too be MTB'n round my way but....
know lots who do and most people riding mixed terrain ie in the "should I buy a short travel full bouncer" camp, are buying long travel hardtails instead and loving them.

O yes camelback essential
I'm kinda mad at myself for under-appreciating the summer weather as it relates to mtb'ing... While I treated every ride as a unique and special opportunity that I might not get to experience again for 10-fcking-years, I wish I'd done more MTB'ing in June/July/August. When I finally went back to the woods in late-Aug., I was floored by how dry the trails were and how fast I could go on them, and yet how comfortable it all was on a FS bike. Now it's obviously getting cooler and there is more rain and less sun, which translates to more mud and less fun. Still better than sitting in an oversize-cage, but not as sweet as choking on dust from a dry trail.

Funny thing - I hopped on my road bike on Tuesday after at least 10 days exclusively mtb'ing and for a second thought I'd been speared by the saddle, it was so not plush. lol. Add being stretched out like a proper roadie and I feel suddenly quite old and worn-out. lol
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I...as some have posted, Camlebacks are pretty popular. I don’t use them (for cycling) but I can see why so many do. I prefer waterbottles since I don’t like having anything flopping around on my back. …
If one is going to be doing any serious MTB riding then a camelbak is essential, IMO.

Not aware of what kind of trails you are riding, but there are very few opportunities to ride one handed long enough to drink from a bottle where I ride.
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If one is going to be doing any serious MTB riding then a camelbak is essential, IMO.

Not aware of what kind of trails you are riding, but there are very few opportunities to ride one handed long enough to drink from a bottle where I ride.
I ride all over Colorado and Utah when I get a chance. I never had a problem with waterbottles, it's just timing when you drink, especially during a race.

Not really a big thing.
To each their own...
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So I rode a 29er full suspension all summer. It's a great bike (Giant Anthem X 29er) and I really have no complaints. But the other day, I did take a friend's 26 in hardtail out for a spin...man that bike is fun. Same sensation as driving a Mini Cooper. Sigh...I don't need another bike.
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So I rode a 29er full suspension all summer. It's a great bike (Giant Anthem X 29er) and I really have no complaints. But the other day, I did take a friend's 26 in hardtail out for a spin...man that bike is fun. Same sensation as driving a Mini Cooper. Sigh...I don't need another bike.
No one ever needs another bike. But we can almost all enjoy the prospects of adding another machine to the stable. Good luck on making a decision (assuming $ isn't the issue?).

How tall are you? I steered well-clear of the 29ers b/c I look like I'm riding a clown bike (and I'm the midget clown) when I'm pedaling b/w a pair of 29's.
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Still on a loaner Joe or parted with $$?
Cant speak with up to date experience personnaly as am a lil chubby too be MTB'n round my way but....
know lots who do and most people riding mixed terrain ie in the "should I buy a short travel full bouncer" camp, are buying long travel hardtails instead and loving them.

O yes camelback essential
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Softtail only makes sense for downhillers imo.
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Here on the wet coast the rides are technical steep and rocky. 29ers are leading the trail.
26 in FS or 29 hard tail are the more common but the really skilled riders are using rigid 29ers and to great effect.
The group I ride with ranges from Max Plaxton on rare occasion to a lot of guys that were cat 1 roadies. Trek, Specialized Rocky mountain, Santa Cruz and Niners dominate the frames of choice. Funny I said I ride with. Actually I show up for the MTB ride on my road bike just so I can ride with them to the trail head and off on my own. I am by far the weakest climber.
A lot of the guys on hard tails went from FS 26ers. My buddy who is now 60 and can still keep up with the fast guys, raves about his Carbon Niner hard tail as the best mtb he has owned and he has owned a lot.
I have an almost new condition 26" Fuji dual suspension that I bought from a pro that I wish I waited another 6 months and I am sure I would have gone 29er. The Fuji was a huge improvement over the Hei Hei but the niners roll so sweet and just carry their momentum well. If I could sell mine I'c change today.
I am sure that there are really great places to use a FS but around here it seems like a little more than the XC oriented guys prefer. By XC I still need to point out that some guys have trials skills but the regular thursday group meet in town and transit to the trails so road efficiency is important too. These guys can really explore the limits of 1.8 and 2.0 tires with most of the tread worn off. most use 2.2 but there are still a few guys that prefer narrow high pressure over wider and low pressure that the majority roll. I guess since they both regularly finish at the front that debate will rage for a while longer.
I have never ridden east coast but if I remember my geography lessons and from camping in eastern Canadian mountains that if they ride hard tail 29ers here then they are good for there. Adjust for your reality.

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