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    What New Bikes Are you Considering for Central Texas Trails?

    Been researching new bikes for awhile:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBikemag/videos

    Many of the new bikes are advertising them as Low Slack and Long.

    I think can handle Slack and Long in Central Texas, but Low and pedal strikes just won't work for me.

    I'm interested in hearing what bikes have been recently purchased and how that's working out for you.

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    Bike Mag hates hardtails. I am sure a lot of riders feel that way, but they almost always ignore that segment of the market in spite of some badass hardtails that are available.
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    I bought a 2017 Intense Primer 29er - 130mm front and back - late 2016. The geometry and light weight are so sweet that I don't even like riding my Trek Remedy 29er anymore, which is 140mm front and rear (except at Lake Georgetown where it's suppleness is a huge plus). The Primer is fully capable of handling the most typical Central Texas gnar such as what's found at City Park, but also climbs great. Bottom bracket height is 13.25 inches which seems perfect to me for the local terrain. On the MTBR Primer thread I read about people turning the stock Primer into enduro machines with 160mm forks, coil shocks, and substituting the upper link with one from a Recluse. I love mine just the way it is, and with a simple adjustment to the rear shock I could make it 115mm for XC racing, which is definitely a possibility given that this size Large, FS 29er tips the scales at 25.9 lbs with pedals.
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    I was really loving my new Salsa Horsethief before I busted my wrist. 130mm travel front and rear and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it climbs. The aluminum version isn't particularly light, but it doesn't feel noticeably heavier than my old xc rig. If you want to save a few lbs, you could spring for the carbon version...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nixon View Post
    Many of the new bikes are advertising them as Low Slack and Long.

    I think can handle Slack and Long in Central Texas, but Low and pedal strikes just won't work for me.
    My preference, even for the chunkiest of chunk, is a low bb. I built a new Banshee Spitfire in April and I've loved it for everywhere I've ridden it in TX. My crank arms look like ass, but cornering feels awesome. I've ran roughly this geometry since early 2011 and I don't find bikes with higher bb to be as much fun.

    But I just purchased and I am awaiting deliver of my wife's new bike. Her primary selection criteria (other than color...) for her new bike was fit, ~120-150mm suspension, and 27.5+ tires. We decided on a Gorilla Gravity Trail Pistol. It has what I consider modern but middling geometry. For folks looking for a suspension bike and don't really like to push the low bb thing like I do, I think it's going to spot on for the type of riding we have and that she likes around here. While it's very long, it has a mid-height bb at around 13.4/5ish" (the way we're building it) and a slack ha, but not pushing the limits at ~66.9*. Those numbers, combined with a sub 17" cs, and the ability to run 3.0" tires really sold her. Who'm I kidding? the Purple Drank color really sold her.
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    I have had a lot of issues with low BB and pedal/bash-guard strikes around here on my last few bikes, including my current ride.

    I've found that static BB height isn't necessarily a good indicator either. Some bikes like more sag and have less mid-stroke support which has been a factor for me.

    There are so many great bikes out or coming soon though.. If I were getting a new bike for around here right now I might look into something with DW Link or Delta rear suspension (Evil Bikes). The Dave Weagle designed stuff seems to get pretty good marks for being supportive and riding high in it's travel. I don't ever remember having pedal strikes with my Evil Uprising.

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    Two bikes I'm considering (I'm 5'8", 155lb) are the Giant Anthem 27.5 carbon and the Intense Spider 275C. I loved my friend's Anthem but haven't yet ridden the Spider...anyone know where I could do this? My shop (Texas Cycle Werks) doesn't have one for me to try out...

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    I acquired my Trek Stache a year ago and I'm completely sold on it. There's so much going on with the design of this bike that its hard to find place to begin. Suffice to say, it works really well for me (as a dedicated hardtail guy). My (initial) biggest concern (besides tire durability) was using it as a race bike. It performed very well recently at both the Dragonslayer and EB. Tomorrow, will be another good test as I'm setup to do the Excruciation Exam on it too.

    My co-worker just sold his current bike (C-dale Scalpel), and he's test ridden the Devincci Django from Velorangutan. He was very pleased with that bike and is looking at picking one up. He's much more into shorter technical riding and he said it soaked up the chunk while still pedaling well. He did comment about some pedal strikes, but he figured it was largely because he was coming from his Scalpel.

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    I'm really liking my Canfield EPO. Good to be back on a hardtail that doesn't seem twitchy like many of the race hardtails. I've got it and my Hightower that seem to cover pretty much any type of riding I do.
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    I find that I enjoy pretty much whatever trend is hot in the bike industry. (Joke slightly there, but not really) Some would call me a shill or an apologist for a bike industry trying to sell people new products that they don't really need. However, new bikes are leaps and bounds better than they were 15, 10, or even 5 years ago, and a lot of it has to do with slacker, longer, and lower geometry. Yeah, you may get more pedal strikes, but with the good comes the bad. It's like the wider handlebar explosion a few years ago. The winning argument on that issue is the same for me on pedal strikes. It is an issue for a couple extra moments per ride, but you enjoy it for the other 99% of the time on the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    It's like the wider handlebar explosion a few years ago. The winning argument on that issue is the same for me on pedal strikes. It is an issue for a couple extra moments per ride, but you enjoy it for the other 99% of the time on the bike.
    Agreed. Although there is a constant and ongoing negotiation between my pinky fingers, the local trail corridor, and my 805mm bar. The "downside" to a low bb? That's like counting flowers on the wall, that don't bother me at all.

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    I don't like the topic of this thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2112Greg View Post
    Two bikes I'm considering (I'm 5'8", 155lb) are the Giant Anthem 27.5 carbon and the Intense Spider 275C. I loved my friend's Anthem but haven't yet ridden the Spider...anyone know where I could do this? My shop (Texas Cycle Werks) doesn't have one for me to try out...
    I 've loved my Anthem 29er. I think I am going to potentially sell it soon.

    I would never want a 27.5 here, But I have also never ridden a 27.5 I liked. But my experience is the Thunderbolt on the Northshore and Bronson in Santa Fe. I like ridig up stupid stuff just as much as going down it. Momentum and steeper/SWB 29ers are the bees knees for this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Agreed. Although there is a constant and ongoing negotiation between my pinky fingers, the local trail corridor, and my 805mm bar. The "downside" to a low bb? That's like counting flowers on the wall, that don't bother me at all.
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    Whatever the bike, can we do away with Presta valves for MTBs, please? kthxbai

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJsnoozer View Post
    Do yourself a favor and try out these unabombers:
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    Thanks, I was actually looking for some gloves like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2112Greg View Post
    Two bikes I'm considering (I'm 5'8", 155lb) are the Giant Anthem 27.5 carbon and the Intense Spider 275C. I loved my friend's Anthem but haven't yet ridden the Spider...anyone know where I could do this? My shop (Texas Cycle Werks) doesn't have one for me to try out...
    I have a medium and I am 5 Seven in my wifes high heals. Let me know. I loooooove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Browndog View Post
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    No lie. When I first saw this thread I thought it was another pointless conversation from our south Austin friend that likes to argue his point. Even if it’s from what he’s learned on pinkbike. Seems like a legit thread. Makes me question my own bicycle selection. Thank God I don’t have to fish thru several “candy from a baby” comments to find information! No offense intended.

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