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Freerideguy14 Bryn-Atkinson's article
Jul 20, 2016 at 14:59
Jul 20, 2016
Bryn Atkinson: Don't Tell Anyone, I'm on a 29er... - Video
Well this was written by Bryn who I would assume is a purist towards 26ers and moved on to 650B. He used to be a WC racer after all...I'd imagine it's pretty hard to get those guys on 29ers regardless, look at Sam Hill, no shot he'll ever be riding one. FYI, the father of arguably the two fastest kids in Bham still rides a Satori.
Freerideguy14 mikekazimer's article
Jul 20, 2016 at 12:31
Jul 20, 2016
Trek Slash 29 - First Look
@WasatchEnduro: Twitchy is the exact word I would've used. I'm 6'1" as well and having been on my extremely long Evil I probably would've wanted to size up to an XL now. Little disappointed of Specialized as I feel they're kind of slow to adjust to geo trends, but then again, they're just trends. Good friend of mine interned there for 6 months and said a lot of the design engineers did more road riding as opposed to say the Transition employees or Evil employees who live to try and rip the tires of the rims on every bike they make. Definitely excited to see what a new Enduro looks like as I feel the 650b could use a lot of change. The 29 enduro was an eye opener for me as far as big wheels (not all complaints towards the big S). Yeah I forgot about the oh so loved shock yoke...that definitely makes it troublesome to fit shocks on it. I would definitely give them a call, I'm sure the demand will increase, regardless of the fact it is a weekend warriors trail bike, all of us love new stuff and upgrades :) . Even a new monarch would probably make a huge difference on the bike.
Freerideguy14 mikekazimer's article
Jul 20, 2016 at 11:41
Jul 20, 2016
Trek Slash 29 - First Look
@WasatchEnduro: Hmm you've got a 29er huh? I was on the 650B but it was the right size. I think the 650B has 150mm travel? Don't get me wrong, it's in no way a BAD bike. But you're right, it's definitely not the best bike for the trails I ride and my riding style. That's ultimately what it is, you've gotta get the bike that fits YOU best, and your terrain best. A 150 or even 160 fork would be sweet to rake it out. I know some Transition guys who put a 160mm on their smuggler to rake it out, they also put a longer stroke rear shock in the rear to offset the rake. Avalanche also never hurts, I did find the stock rear shock on the stumpy I was on was pretty poor. A much more adjustable shock like the X2 air could totally change the bike. Most of my gripe was just rear wheel traction and stability (which is expected of a more trail orientated bike than a patrol or evil). Actually man, I guarantee a 150-160 fork (maybe get a 160 talas?) and an avy rear shock or an X2 or something would turn that thing into a machine. The coastal crew guys had Ohlin coils on their stumpys and I bet it was awesome. Trying out new bikes never hurt too, the patrol and Evil are my two top choices now, just don't get into a love affair with bikes, you and your wallet never win ;)
Jul 19, 2016 at 11:52
Jul 19, 2016
Freerideguy14 mikekazimer's article
Jul 19, 2016 at 11:16
Jul 19, 2016
Trek Slash 29 - First Look
@moroj82: I'm not disagreeing nor am i agreeing. I'm sure the Capra is an awesome bike but to the extent of using 'stomp' in all caps I will definitely argue that. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if it worked the other way around. Just because a bike is $3700 (I'm not happy about it either) doesn't mean it's garbage. Trek's got quite the history of winning races in all categories of racing, YT...not so much.
Freerideguy14 mikekazimer's article
Jul 19, 2016 at 11:03
Jul 19, 2016
Trek Slash 29 - First Look
@WasatchEnduro: Not that I have anything against a stumpy, well except for everything, but I'd say rent a Patrol! I run my Insurgent in the X-Low (about 64.5 degree HTA) and pedal it everywhere. In fact I love the challenge of timed climbs on it, I'm a climb to descend guy, with plans on getting a coil shock and such, but since I have to go up I may as well make it a challenge. The steep HTA doesn't climb too bad, takes some getting used to and some adjustment of seat rail position. I climb it on hills that are usually hike-a-bike where I'm confident is about as steep of a grade as anyone could ride, no complaints. Sure a stumpjumper would be better, but I rode a stumpjumper on a public trail that's pretty smooth relative to what's out there, and hated it. It jumped awesome, but the super short front end, short chainstay, and overall short wheelbase was a major deal breaker for me. Had absolutely zero traction in the rough, bounced everywhere, literally the only thing it did was climb fast and rail wide open berms and jumps on an open smooth machine built trail (BORING!). Absolutely not trying to be the usual Spec. hater because I'm not, but I just find the stumpjumper is kind of out classed. The Insurgent (or patrol) climb a little bit less efficient, but are in a whole new league for descending. To me i'll take that any day, granted i'm 21 years old and am in the best shape of my life. In all seriousness, if this is all you read, I'd rent one and get a feel for it. Having been on a stumpy, I find a Patrol will climb very similar. Less pedal bob I find, just steeper HTA (you can get used to it or get an adjustable fork). On the flip side, the patrol will descend like a bat out of hell, completely outgunning the stumpjumper in anything rough and loose.
Freerideguy14 mikekazimer's article
Jul 19, 2016 at 9:53
Jul 19, 2016
Trek Slash 29 - First Look
@WasatchEnduro: Go ride a Transition Patrol or Evil Insurgent. Don't get me wrong, I thought I needed the 160-165mm frame (Spartan, Nomad, etc.) considering I'm a DH guy who can only afford one bike and likes to pedal. I ended up with the 151mm Insurgent and I'm never looking back. It's insanely progressive (which is crucial to 150mm of travel) and super slack and progressive. Never once have I thought I wanted more travel on my trail bike. Hopping on a Wreckoning (160mm 29er) it's just a more mobile DH bike. Luke Strobel runs a custom fox 40 with it and races DH. I absolutely adore the idea of a super slack, stiff, progressive 29er with 150mm of travel. I'm curious what the 27.5 (if there is one) will look like.
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