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Ideal 'one' bike solution?

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James Huang said:
Slowup:

So does that mean if you could only have one that a 5" machine might be the perfect compromise for you?

It would depend on things more important than how much travel a bike has. Head & seat angle, for example, are likely a more deciding factor though it seems that the more travel a bike has, the slacker the angles and for good reason.
So the answer to the question is along the lines of "quite possibly".
An important consideration for me is that it is easier to make a burly bike lighter (though not necessarily cost effective) than it is to make a light bike burlier. In other words, I can ride my AM rig all the places I go with my more x/c bike, but it's not necessarily the other way around.
 

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Lugged steel Bianchi grizzley non suspension. Shimano Deore equipped.

Terrain; anything with gravity. Saddle Selle. Italie.
 
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duallies are soft

Dermie said:
I remember the Girvin flexy stem, elastomer filled shocks & before shocks existed. My first mtn bike was a Kuwahara.
Thenust good solid value for money that you could just not get 10yrs ago & 10 years ago I would not have bought a Giant they were crap then. The Anthem has only one fault, no remote suspension lockout.
Roll on the modern world.

Get a motor bike - they are cheaper and have more of the performance you are looking for.

Giant hard tail MTB's (for all their mass market lack of appeal) have always had a geometry that suits long femured, tall people
 
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Rigid, Flat bar, Single, free, steel or titanium 700c

with clearance for up to 35mm x-tyres...but super short stays and/or curved seat post so the weifght can be kept back over the rear axel

v-brakes

cable routing so no cables rub on the frame

braze ons for racks and guards- just in case-

perhaps a pompino- but nothing so gay as any badging unless you know and like the guy who made it
 
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The novel ceiling mounted bike lift is ideal for fixing to ...
Store one bike vertically by the tyre with this handy bike ...
Best one in your mind will be..???

for me .. MTB rocks.

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I like XC race bikes. I find my s-works epic is plenty of bike for the riding I do which is long loops with lots of climbing, sometimes buff singletrack, sometimes rocky and rooted singletrack or jeep road. I don't seek out monster drops and that sort of thing although I have been know to get my wheels off the ground once and a while. I have no desire to have a heavier, less effieicent bike just so I can run over bigger rocks a little faster.
 
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9000ft said:
I like XC race bikes. I find my s-works epic is plenty of bike for the riding I do which is long loops with lots of climbing, sometimes buff singletrack, sometimes rocky and rooted singletrack or jeep road. I don't seek out monster drops and that sort of thing although I have been know to get my wheels off the ground once and a while. I have no desire to have a heavier, less effieicent bike just so I can run over bigger rocks a little faster.

The price of S-works in Norwaymight make you throw up a little...:D

A sweet ride nonetheless, although my Spark has grown on me...

Still say if one had to go a single bike solution, a HT titanium 29er would be the way to go...90% of the time.

Fantastic area Breck is btw...although I've never ridden there...
 
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I've been singlespeed only for a couple of years. Since I caught the 29er bug I've been riding a custom steel 29er; SS and rigid. It's perfect for where and how I ride 99% of the time. When I travel to hairier and rockier places I'll often rent a geared LT trail bike. I guess if I had to find a one bike solution it would be a geared 29er HT with an adjustable travel fork.
 
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Island Life

On an Island with a high point of 300 feet and about 4 miles of legal trail with plenty of tarmac in between them, hard tail XC bike.

With two kids and a large mortgage, the 2003 Cannondale in the garage which still has plenty of life left in it.
 
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Most versatile bike

I would say that although it is not an MTB in a strict sense of the word, my Salsa Las Cruces crosser with Avid cable-pull disc brakes is probably as close to an all-rounder as it gets. It can be a road bike, a cross machine, a tourer, and I regularly ride it through Canadian winter's ice and snow with fenders and studded tires mounted. It is tough as nails and can handle anything I throw at it. And the braking is in the MTB category!
 
It is a good thing that you are a good racer & are interested in biking & racing. It is indeed a good habit to inculcate. It is good for the sake of health & also to a good exercise. You can also go for some bicycle tourfor a long time & enjoy your holidays. Cycling helps you reduce the risk of heart attacks & also helps as exercise.
 
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One for all bike

James Huang said:
Hi all,

If you could only have one mountain bike (and many of us do), what would it be? A 5" trail bike? 7" FR rig? Hardtail???

It would be something like this handmade frankenbike from the 2010 handmade show - http://www.cyclingnews.com/features...-handmade-bicycle-show-2010-part-three/108429

If it were a Moots YBB with that 1 1/8 rear travel, I'd even like it more! That said, is this bike for sale?

Harold "Rookie Wrench" Solomon

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I ended up going almost exactly with Boeing's choice setup. Hardtail 29er in ti with a 100mm Reba RLT. Just put it together, only had it out once. Love the big wheels, so far I don't miss the rear susp at all.
 
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Wow, this is an old thread. But I was just thinking about this, so for me it would be a santa cruz heckler or nomad. Alu because carbon breaks the bank.

I guess it all depends on the trails you like to ride.

No way I'd even consider a hard tail!:eek: I'll leave the hardtail in the garage with my skinny skis...
 
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bc_hills said:
Wow, this is an old thread. But I was just thinking about this, so for me it would be a santa cruz heckler or nomad. Alu because carbon breaks the bank.

I guess it all depends on the trails you like to ride.

No way I'd even consider a hard tail!:eek: I'll leave the hardtail in the garage with my skinny skis...

good choice bc,

hardtails are silly for where I ride. the rigid 29er crew reminds me of the telemark crowd...
 
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Rip:30 said:
good choice bc,

hardtails are silly for where I ride. the rigid 29er crew reminds me of the telemark crowd...

LOL! That's good. Tele skis and hardtails are a match! Although I have to admit, watching somebody really shred on tele gear is impressive (if very, very rare).
 
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bc_hills said:
LOL! That's good. Tele skis and hardtails are a match! Although I have to admit, watching somebody really shred on tele gear is impressive (if very, very rare).

Oh there are few tele masters out there. But generally....

"Telemark"

A Norwegian expression for "hey guys wait up!"
 
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bc_hills said:
No way I'd even consider a hard tail!:eek: I'll leave the hardtail in the garage with my skinny skis...
The hardtail is hanging next to my skinny skis! Have to tell you, I'm loving the hardtail. Probably not ideal for where you are though. No telemarking here though, don't have enough time to suck at another sport.
 
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pedaling squares said:
The hardtail is hanging next to my skinny skis! Have to tell you, I'm loving the hardtail. Probably not ideal for where you are though. No telemarking here though, don't have enough time to suck at another sport.

Count me as another whose hardtail hangs next to his tele skis. Unfortunately it hasn't snowed enough here for the last few years to bring them out:(, but could be in luck this weekend as it is freezing cold and wet in town his week and well below zero on the mountain:) The hardtail sees action a bit more frequently than that, but has been relegated to occasional use since the arrival of my Reign a few years ago.
 
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no ht...

180mm front and rear...

my one bike would be 180mm AM with 1.5 head tube so i can put a VP Varial in it and change the head angles at the top of a hill...

they got em weighing 35lbs now... non-racing XC, AM, long endurance rides, park, Super D, no worries... one bike all rides...