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Old 06-23-07, 02:23 PM   #1
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Best MTB for climbing technical singletrack

Ok, let me pose my earlier-asked question in another form:

What is the best bike you have used or heard of for climbing very rocky, rooty, sometimes muddy singletrack?....and under $2500?

Thanks for the input!
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Old 06-23-07, 02:28 PM   #2
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There are a lot of bikes that will do this effectively. Personally, I think the rider has a lot to do with it too. If it ain't in you, it don't matter what you are riding.
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Old 06-23-07, 02:38 PM   #3
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and my favorite: giant anthem 1
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For $2500, go find your favorite lightweight (south of 30#) full suspension rig. I'd go either the Specialized FSRxc (4" bike) at $1600 or the Stumpjumper FSR Comp (5" bike) I think it is at $2.2k. My third favorite is the Mongoose Canaan Elite. Performance sells them for about $1800 (coupons abound). Killer XT/Fox/Juicy build at that price, similar GT I-Drive suspension, 26.5 lbs.
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for climbing i'd go with Specialized Epic. If you don't need big travel you can get a pretty light Epic with hydraulic brakes for 2400 with the Brain rear suspension. It's a hell of a mountain bike for XC singletrack type riding.
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I think that its the rider that is slow up the hills, not the bike. What bike do you have now? I may just be wrong.
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Until today, I would have said racing HT + 4" fork, but after a ride on my new Titus MotoLite 2, I may be convinced otherwise...
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Iron Horse Azure, it has been reviewed my Mountian Bike Action as climbing better than the Epic.
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There are a lot of bikes that will do this effectively. Personally, I think the rider has a lot to do with it too. If it ain't in you, it don't matter what you are riding.
No No...its all the bike ...I believe that everytime my bike fails me
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and my favorite: giant anthem 1
+1 i second the anthem... little pricey though...
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I agree that I could be in better shape and would therefore be a better climber. However, my problems with climbing have mostly been due to being unable to get over rough terrain and obstacles in short and very steep parts of my favorite trail. I'm currently riding an old Jamis Eureka which is a hardtail with a 5" Dirtjumper fork. I can't seem to keep the front end down when it gets really steep and the rear end has little traction over multiple roots and rocks. Of course, the question is, is it really worth $2500 to be able to ride the >5% of my trail I can't ride now on my current bike? Probably not!
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I can't seem to keep the front end down when it gets really steep and the rear end has little traction over multiple roots and rocks. Of course, the question is, is it really worth $2500 to be able to ride the >5% of my trail I can't ride now on my current bike? Probably not!
sometimes it just takes practice - riding the same hill over and over until you know the hill by heart. for me, when i ride a new place and feel like an outcast, i might lose confidence 3/4 of the way just because the terrain is unknown to me. keep riding, and keep telling yourself that you can make it.
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Yea I know what you mean. Its like a steep climb capped with a giant root at the top and u have to give the extra umph to get over it. Try shifting your weight differently.
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I had always figured a hardtail couldn't be beat for climbing, but I gradually found that, especially on the technical stuff, a 3-4" travel full suspension gives you a bit of an advantage on getting over the rocks and roots, and helps you maintain that critical traction on the rear when climbing hard up a rough hill.

But of course there is a minor trade off for efficiency and sometimes geometry, too.
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