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Thread: Longer-travel 29ers: WWMD?
04-01-2012, 08:18 AM #1
Longer-travel 29ers: WWMD?
I'm shopping for a replacement for my Salsa Big Mama (4"/100mm travel) 29er with something that has more travel. It will be built with a 140mm Marzocchi 44 air fork (tapered steerer), that I already picked up. This bike may end up being the main XC/trail bike, so I may also get rid of my Intense 5.5 (5.5"/ 140mm travel).
The Ibis Ripley (vaporware so far) is of interest, mainly because I loved riding the Mojo and Mojo HD on demo days. But it doesn't exist, and when it does, it'll be $$$$.
Other options I am looking at:
Intense Tracer 29
Niner RIP 9 (built quality? seen several broken Niners)
Anything else I should consider? The Tracer 29 is available now for around $1450, which seems like a great deal. The Turner is the most $, around $2200. Other bikes like the SC Tallboy and Giant Anthem 29 are 100mm travel, and probably not really what I am looking for.
04-01-2012, 08:52 AM #2
My local shop has a 2011 Niner rip 9, if you want me to check the price, let me know.
04-01-2012, 09:07 AM #3
I used to rep for Intense and put a decent amount of miles on a T29. It's a super fun bike. Corners on rails and I'm personally a huge fan of the VPP (haven't had a ton of time on DW linkage). The sizing is a bit weird, I'm a little over 6'1 and had a medium with a longer stem. I would have liked to ride a large with a shorter stem but never got a chance. They revised the rear triangle and put a new brace between the seat-stays that really stiffened it up (make sure the brace is on the frame your lusting over). Overall, I'd consider it for my everyday trail bike but was never that comfortable jumping it vs my Tracer2. That Marz fork is a perfect match for the T29 for sure. Slack it out a bit more with an angleset maybe?
I'm about to buy a Squishy 29er as well but mine will be more of a dedicated XC rig since I have my Tracer2. Such fun bikes and IMO there is no reason to ride a 26 for XC these days.- - - - Skiing is for little fat kids - - - - - -
04-01-2012, 09:27 AM #4
I saw this review this morning right after seeing your thread. Sounds like the SC tallboy is getting some more travel (140mm)
so you might check it out.
I don't know anything else about it but the review makes it sound like a decent option.
04-01-2012, 10:06 AM #5This not my pee
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Bandit 29? I have a yelli screamy but around here, the trails are dirt sidewalks so a hardtail is fine. If I were to look at a fs 29er, the Bandit 29 would definitely be on my short list.
04-01-2012, 10:43 AM #6
Yeti SB95 appears to be hitting stores as well...I'm so hardcore, I'm gnarcore.
04-01-2012, 12:04 PM #7COWHAMPSHIRE PARADISE
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end of tr.
sick bike, short 17.3" chainstays. climbs superb, descends even better. lotta bike for the $$$$. no need for upgrades till shit breaks.
i been riding this bike, but with full xtr and easton ec 90 wheels. a bit less travel at 115mm rear and 120mm front, but it'll handle pretty much anything and climbs like a friggin billygoat.
kona better with shorter stays and stiffer rear end.
rogSKI THE EAST
cuz it ain't fucking cool
04-01-2012, 12:15 PM #8
04-01-2012, 10:32 PM #9
Lots of good input, thanks. I'll do some more research on these other options.
04-02-2012, 01:15 AM #10
damn, looking at this thread makes me realize just how many really good longer travel 29ers are out there now...come join me, rideit, and all the other retarts at f88me. Now under new management!
04-02-2012, 09:56 AM #11
I've been on a Ventana El Rey since 2008. At the time it was one of the longer travel 29ers out there (100x100).
If I were looking at the current crop of long travel 29ers I'd be looking at the Lenz Lunchox ( as a well as a few that others have mentioned on here - Shinobi, Bandit.). The Niner WFO is an interesting one too...
But since I'm not looking for a new bike this year I'm thinking of getting a 120mm fork and getting the 5" rockers from Sherwood to make my old El Rey current again at 5" and 5".
04-02-2012, 10:04 AM #12Registered User
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How about the new salsa horse thief
I have not ridden it but it looks sweet.
04-02-2012, 10:23 AM #13
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04-02-2012, 10:55 AM #15
A buddy has a Rumblefish, he likes it a lot.You are the mission Bob.
04-02-2012, 12:05 PM #16
Santa Cruz just announced longer travel versions of the Tallboy in both carbon AND aluminuminuminumWaste your time, read my crap, at:
One Gear, Two Planks
04-02-2012, 12:29 PM #17yelgatgab
Remind me. We'll send him a red cap and a Speedo.
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04-02-2012, 08:44 PM #18
Niner WFO?More fucked up than a cricket in a hubcap
04-03-2012, 04:05 PM #19
Seeing as Niners are probably built in the same factory as every other Taiwanese bike, I don't see why their build quality would be any different. Tracer looks like a heavy frame, but burly if you need it. RIP 9 always seems to have the shortest wheelbase than any other, and could easily be built up light. I would love a RIP 9 with a 140mm fork. You can probably go down a size too. There is also a special right now on Works Raw frames. They're marked down a bit, and I think they are still of the year that a headset is included. schwing.
EDIT: otoh, I see that a Tracer 29 is now about the same price. boioioioioing.
EDIT again: http://www.jensonusa.com/Frames/Nine...WRP23-Frame-11 thing is about 2lbs lighter and it really hasn't changed at all in a few years. Hope you're a medium.No longer stuck.
04-03-2012, 04:38 PM #20
Rip 9 is quoted at 7.5lbs for a medium frame + shock:
Jenson lists the Tracer 29 at a hair under 8lbs for a medium frame + shock.
Tracer has 5.5" travel; Rip 9 has 4.5". Unless Intense has changed this, all their frames are built in So Cal -- not that a Taiwanese built frame is a bad thing at all, though.
I'm leaning toward the Tracer at this point...
04-03-2012, 06:06 PM #21
I was completely wrong on the weight and the headset thing.No longer stuck.
04-03-2012, 06:25 PM #22
04-03-2012, 06:41 PM #23
Actually, that Bandit 29 looks pretty amazing....and it comes in lime green!!!
What length travel fork is that geo being measured with? I hope it's a 140.
Also, I would somehow fit a large in that with such a short top tube. amazing.No longer stuck.
04-03-2012, 07:55 PM #24Registered User
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Bandit 29 is measured with the 140 fork
04-03-2012, 08:07 PM #25
Yes, I see that now. Just noticed the wheelbase is really long in the Large and the Medium is not recommended for anyone over 5' 10", and the reach looks really short.
Then again. I'm poor and my 08 Dawgma is running just fine. Or will be, once the shock bushings have been replaced.No longer stuck.