Ti Honzo - next contestant for favorite hardtail yet
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Ti Honzo - next contestant for favorite hardtail yet

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 How would you differentiate the ride quality of the Ti and the Steel of the Chromag Samurai you were rocking before? Badass build...and great pics as always (long time fan here)!
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 The Samurai seemed more forgiving. Honzo's gussets make it pretty stiff. It could also be the noticeable weight difference and drastically different geometry. I just wish the headtube was slacker. I've been running the fork at 140mm which probably makes it close to 67degrees. Going to try 150mm, though with a 35mm stem the front end already wanders on the climbs. Angleset won't fit in 44mm headtubes. Overall really stoked on it because I don't have to worry about scratches or paint chips. Rides great on everything but the steep steeps.
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 @bradwalton: Thanks for taking the time to respond! Yes, I realize the difference in wheel size/geometry is a big factor, and that is great feedback on the frame material too! I have to do some recovery/PT/spin stuff, so a hardail is in my future and damnit if I didn't ride a Honzo and really dig the fit...the Ti is very appealing from a design/aesthetic standpoint. I'm torn between the Samurai (can pick up a localish used one) or maaaybe hold off/save up for that RootdownBA - which is more in line with the Honzo's reach/stack/geometry.
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 @characterzero: I put the 150mm air spring in my fork and it made all the difference. Head angle is just about perfect blend of uphill/downhill ability. The steel Honzo is a boat anchor but will save you lots of money for nice parts. The Ti one is a big commitment but will likely last forever. I love the ride of the Canadian made Chromags. When it comes to advancements in technology for hardtails, there isn't much besides bigger wheels; I would definitely recommend 29". The Samurai is a short frame compared to Honzo so keep that in mind for sizing. The closest match to the Honzo would be the new Primer or Rootdown BA. Good luck!
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 @bradwalton: I'm thinking about picking one of these anglesets up for myself...thought you might be interested to know that they are possible in 44 HTs...

www.workscomponents.co.uk/15-degree-ec44---zs44-semi-integrated-type-131-p.asp
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 Sick whip man, sick. Clearly a purpose built bike for trail slaying.
Are those i35 x 29s?
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 Yes, but i29 on the front. Not sure why but it works
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 @bradwalton: clearly it works...looks awesome.

I've got i35s plus setup on my Ti Honzo...I dig it but find myself riding the 29s a majority of the time.
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 It was already hard enough to keep you in sight. Looks sick!!
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 What a beauty! Simply love it!
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 Your so enduro bro, Nice whip Brad
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 This is one of the coolest Honzos I've seen!
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 Swap the frame out or whole new ride? Looks sick!
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 Whole new ride! Build took 3 months to acquire all the parts. Bike is totally dialed and so fast and fun! Doesn't even have that awkward 29er feel in the air. 130mm Pike, XT brakes, sram 11, SixC cranks and bar, RaceFace Turbine dropper, Chromag Trailmaster ltd leather saddle, WTB Asym 35mm rims and 2.5 Minions. Love it!
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 Sweet ride, Brad!
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 hell yeah

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