Results 1 to 19 of 19

Thread: 29er HT time...

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    The greatest N. New Mexico resort in Colorado
    Posts
    2,068

    29er HT time...

    Turning in my '16 TransAm 275, shopping for a new hardtail with wagon wheels for my DD. Feel free to post up if you're selling an appropriate XL.

    Riding in town Durango mostly because kids ruined my life, but I get out on the CT in the area semi-regularly. I'm not a luddite, I just like riding a HT for 95% of my riding (I.E. hot laps between the girls' bedtime and dark). Much prefer steel since I'm not exactly a small human.

    Requirements:
    Steel
    Geo around a 140mm+ fork
    64-66* HA

    Seems like I can't go wrong with a Nimble 9 or a Rootdown, both of which seem to pop up on Pinkbike pretty regularly. Opinions? What else should I look in to? Norco Torrent? Honzo? Middlechild? The thing I like most about the TransAm is it rails corners and is a blast in tight and twisty turns.

    Short story long: I've always had a hardtail, but sold my Knolly Warden last year to update my wife's bike. In the meantime, I realized I don't miss the squish much since I'm not going to Moab 10x/yr or spending 6+ hrs in the saddle anymore. And I'd rather have a well-speced HT than a mid-grade FS for the same price. Did some lift-served on Sunday with friends and had a ball, and realized that what I can't do on my HT, I'd still walk it with a FS bike. I'm not rad and don't need to be. Just want to bump up the wheel size since I'm 6'4 and the only real gripe I have with the transam is the rear wheel hangs up more than I'd like (duh). I've ridden a hardtail on every inch of the CT south of Silverton, most of the Enchilada, etc. It's tiring but I don't mind slowing down a little and navigating rather than monster-trucking through shit. Just want a little better rollover and updated geo (the transam is a little tight for my lanky ass).

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Missoula
    Posts
    1,908
    We've had a couple of these come through the shop, they seem neat

    https://konaworld.com/honzo_esd.cfm

    xl has a reach of 525mm and quite a bit of stack. my xl hei hei is "only" 500.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Missoula, MT
    Posts
    21,903
    Nimble 9. Do it.
    No longer stuck.

    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    LV-426
    Posts
    19,625
    Have a look at Ragley's offerings -- if what you want isn't in stock, set a stock notice alert.
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/...l?f=4294967076
    Quote Originally Posted by powder11 View Post
    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    The Pacific Northwet
    Posts
    306
    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Nimble 9. Do it.
    This answer is correct.
    Quote Originally Posted by hortence View Post
    When I did twice the work for half the control, I was a whiny little bitch

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    BC to CO
    Posts
    4,289
    CHROMAG!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Location
    Can/USA
    Posts
    1,482
    Iíd go Rootdown or doctahawk if you wanna get wild ( and have the cash)


    Sent from my iPhone using TGR Forums

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Central VT
    Posts
    4,702
    I've owned a TransAM 29er and a Chromag Surface and recently picked up a Nimble 9. It's an extremely fun bike; the gee is modern without being cartoonishly slack and it builds up pretty light. The attention to detail and quality is also spot on. Do it.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    The greatest N. New Mexico resort in Colorado
    Posts
    2,068
    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Hubbs View Post
    CHROMAG!
    Yeah I saw that one coming from miles out. Don't you have a tennis match to attend to?

    I am really leaning towards a Nimble 9; there's a chrome one I've been eyeing on PB that is not exactly my steeze but maybe I needs new steezes.

    Second question: any interest in a 2016 Transition TransAm 275? XL, Fox 36 Factory Talas (160/130) up front, XT/XTR 11-spd bits, PNW dropper, flow wheels? It's been ridden, I'll make you a deal. Thanks for the replies.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Hell Track
    Posts
    12,088
    I have no idea about the current gen nimble 9, but the old one was super overbuilt and made with kinda shitty steel. It was heavy and any potential compliance you get from a steel frame was lost because of the shitty steel / overbuiltness.

    But it was cheap. So if overbuilt + inexpensive is what you're after, it might be your ticket. But if you're looking for a "nice" steel hardtail, I think there's better options.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Central VT
    Posts
    4,702
    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    I have no idea about the current gen nimble 9, but the old one was super overbuilt and made with kinda shitty steel. It was heavy and any potential compliance you get from a steel frame was lost because of the shitty steel / overbuiltness.

    But it was cheap. So if overbuilt + inexpensive is what you're after, it might be your ticket. But if you're looking for a "nice" steel hardtail, I think there's better options.
    Nah, the latest Nimble 9 is stout and lighter than other steel hardtails Iíve owned. After riding it frequently this season and itíll confidently do most anything with ease. The ride quality and compliance is on par with my old Surface.

    I have no idea about previous generations but the latest is everything a modern steel HT should be.


    Sent from my iPhone using TGR Forums

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Hell Track
    Posts
    12,088
    ^^^ nice, that's good to hear.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Shadynasty's Jazz Club
    Posts
    9,800
    66 degree HTA on the N9 was a deal killer for me. In the world of slack, ďhardcoreĒ hardtails, itís a bit dated and puts it in league with a lot of pseudo XC full suspension bikes before you even throw a leg over it and further steepen things. 64 degrees was basically the standard a couple years ago and weíre seeing newer bikes down to 62, which I think is a move in the right direction. My hardtail has a 64 degree HTA and I wouldnít hesitate to go slacker. You give up very little for what you gain, IMO.
    Remind me. We'll send him a red cap and a Speedo.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Keep Tacoma Feared
    Posts
    3,996
    I am in the same boat and looking to replace my FS with a HT in the near future. Other models I have looked at that haven't been mentioned are:

    UK

    Moxie Mx3
    https://www.pipedreamcycles.com/shop/moxie/

    Moxie Sirius
    https://www.pipedreamcycles.com/shop/sirius/

    Stanton Sherpa
    https://stantonbikes.com/product/sherpa-gen-3/

    Bird Forge
    https://www.bird.bike/product/forge-...#configuration

    Portugal, but made in Taiwan like almost all of them

    Nordest Bardino
    https://nordestcycles.com/en/product/bardino-3-frame

    Claims from US, but really just Taiwan

    Esker Japhy
    https://eskercycles.com/products/japhy

    Really is from US and cheap

    Ferum (really extreme geo so I was thinking of a small, underforked, and mullet to soften the geo some. Probably overbuilt but price is right and awesome to support a real made in US shop)
    https://ferrumbikes.com/product-tag/hardtail/

    Or, the cheapest option of all is get your own custom designed frame built in Peru
    https://www.marinobike.com/

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Hyde Park, Vt
    Posts
    702
    I have run a new N9 with a 150mm Pike for 2 years now. On 2.6 inches tires+35mm rims.


    All Chromags to me feel very stiff both in good way and the bad ways. The N9 might not feel as scalpel like in berms but it fun light and lively in natural terrain. I never felt like the HTa was holding me back but then again I am not asking my hardtail to be as gnarly as my bigger FS bikes.

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Missoula, MT
    Posts
    21,903
    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    I have no idea about the current gen nimble 9, but the old one was super overbuilt and made with kinda shitty steel. It was heavy and any potential compliance you get from a steel frame was lost because of the shitty steel / overbuiltness.

    But it was cheap. So if overbuilt + inexpensive is what you're after, it might be your ticket. But if you're looking for a "nice" steel hardtail, I think there's better options.
    Blasphemy
    No longer stuck.

    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    northern BC
    Posts
    27,637
    lota Chromag up here cuz there is a the whistla comnnection

    shop bro who goes thru enduro bikes like kleenex built a chromag for his between shop deals ride

    wished he went 29 instead of 27.5 sez he
    Last edited by XXX-er; 09-06-2022 at 12:57 PM.
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Access to Granlibakken
    Posts
    10,138
    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    Have a look at Ragley's offerings -- if what you want isn't in stock, set a stock notice alert.
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/...l?f=4294967076
    Iíve already posted how much I like my Ragley HT. Good value, decent tubing. But in the highish price range Alta and Zombi are apparently in, I think Pace is making some sweet frames.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	7C309168-53E9-4445-A05C-D0058EBCDA40.jpg 
Views:	32 
Size:	590.4 KB 
ID:	425685

    Ooops looks like Covid increased price of Ragleys too. Roughly 2X what I paid in early 2020.

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Access to Granlibakken
    Posts
    10,138
    The hardtail companies out there sometimes quote a sagged HA, so pay close attention when comparing things.

    IME the HT sweet spot is 140 mm fork 29er with longish stays and a 65 or 64.5 HA, or a 150 mm 27.5 with 2.6” tires and 64 HA (unsagged) and shortish (425 mm ) CS for a playful but still stable feel.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •