In the market for a MTB

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In the market for a MTB

Post by pcollins » Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:09 am

I'm looking to get back into XC MTB racing this year but I need to get a bike first!
I'm wondering if anyone has used 27.5 wheels? What are your thoughts on it vs 29ers? I've only ridden a 29er but think that 27.5 may suit me more (I'm smaller) and it'd be more nimble, but worried about it getting bogged down by the typical rocky/rooty New England tech.
Anyone know of demo days coming up where I could test ride? (Prob. not in the winter, I'm guessing)
I can get a great deal on a Cannondale thru my road team, but I might be interested in a used small/medium XC MTB that someone wants to sell.

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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by pace21 » Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:24 am

I can’t think of any advantage of 27.5 over 29 if you plan to keep your wheels on the ground. Especially for an XC race.

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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by chrismitchell » Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:48 am

I agree with Chris, with the exception of maybe Rayburn, I'm always glad to have my 9er. There are zero race courses as twisty and turny as Rayburn. That's awesome though dude! Keep us updated with what you end up getting!

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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by KTeves » Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:47 pm

I haven't done any MTB riding to speak of in a long time, but when I did test ride a few bikes last summer I thought the 27.5 fat bike felt slow, sluggish compared to the 29er. Maybe the non-fat 27.5 would be different? In the end I didn't buy either, but I was definitely planning to go with the 29er.

Just my 2 cents, for whatever it's worth.

Lately I'm starting to feel that itch again ;)
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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by tsavage » Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:30 pm

I think even Anna is leaning towards a 29'r. Maybe the April Landry's Consignment sale?
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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by Briana » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:42 am

Pat, I think 29er is really the only way to go. We are probably the same height and I don't find any issues with the 29er even on the super twisty stuff. My current Superfly FS is 100mm front and rear which I find quite capable handling most any XC trail however my next bike will have a bit more travel even if it's intended to be a true XC race bike. The New England races can be pretty technical and I think a bit more travel would be nice.

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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by pace21 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:52 am

Pat you'll be happy to know that your original MTB from years ago is still making the rounds among Juniors within NEHSCA

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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by JeremyC » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:51 am

29er for the win

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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by oscarp » Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:35 pm

Definately 29er. Full suspension. I blew away any segment time i had on a 26er. Initially the 29er did feel sluggish on tight twisty singletrack, like a boat. But you get used to it on the twisty stuff. When I did, again it blew away my 26er times. Im on a cannondale scalpel. Light and fast XC race machine for sure. 100mm. Love it. It does suffer when you are trying to chase someone with a trail bike down a twisty technical downhill, but it makes up for climbing and flats for sure.
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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by JeremyC » Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:59 pm

oscarp wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:35 pm
I blew away any segment time
Bobo might disagree

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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by pace21 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:02 pm

oscarp wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:35 pm
but it makes up for climbing and flats for sure.
Strange. That didn’t seem to be the case at KT...

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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by pcollins » Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:54 am

Thanks for the advice guys, 29er sounds like the outright winner.
pace21 wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:52 am
Pat you'll be happy to know that your original MTB from years ago is still making the rounds among Juniors within NEHSCA
This makes me very happy! Not surprised that tank is still chugging along!

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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by oscarp » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:45 am

JeremyC wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:59 pm
oscarp wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:35 pm
I blew away any segment time
Bobo might disagree
ouch
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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by oscarp » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:45 am

pace21 wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:02 pm
oscarp wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:35 pm
but it makes up for climbing and flats for sure.
Strange. That didn’t seem to be the case at KT...
double ouch
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Re: In the market for a MTB

Post by BikeRider » Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:12 am

MTB'er on MTB'er violence. This thread delivers!!!
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