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Old 08-08-09, 09:51 AM   #1
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I'm sure it's been asked before...

... Hello to anyone who reads this...
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here is the situation human size... 6'6" 275lbs (and dropping) normal fighting weight 255-265 goal 215.
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yes this could have been over at the clyde syde but it is a MTB question...
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budget $1,500.
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wanting a 29 rigid rear...
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looking at 2010 Specialized Rockhopper... was reading another post a little bit ago and was linked to Jamis' site nice stuff there...
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I guess my question is this good strong frame/best comps for the money... frame would/could have to be upgraded later if need be...
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thanks in advance...

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Old 08-08-09, 12:28 PM   #2
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After seeing your post, I wanted to see what kind of 29er I could build. On JensonUSA and Greenfish Sports, I took a Surly Karate Monkey 29er steel frame ($465) added a Shimano LX complete build kit($499) with BB5 discs, and added a Rockshox Reba SL 29 Dual Air fork ($418). The total came to $1433 w/free shipping on everything. The frame comes with a rigid fork and you could sell it to recoup some cost, or keep the fork in case you ever wanted to try going rigid for a while.
You could wrench the bike yourself, or see if someone would build it up. You might be able to slide in the total to right around $1500 and have a sweet bike. I think everyone agrees that Surly frames are indestructible, especially for a guy your size. Shimano LX is not super luxury, but still quality goods. The Reba SL is a fantastic fork, and you find it on much pricier 29ers. Just a thought...
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Old 08-08-09, 12:38 PM   #3
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*I'm going to get virtually punched for even mentioning this, buuuuutttt...*

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...om29pro_SL.htm

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Check these out..

http://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/rig

http://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/cobia

http://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/x-caliber


Ive seen the x caliber on sale for 1400

Ive seen the others for under 1000 on sale.
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sweet! I had forgotten about the Surly frame...
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I can do the wrench work spent the better part of my youth working on locomotives and helicopters...
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looks as if I could forgo the front suspension and get really nice comps aye?
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then go squishy later?
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all the Clyde post seem to point towards steel steel steel... and I know some of the newer steels are freekin sweet!!!... (saw a thing the other day like 80% of the steel used to make todays cars didn't exist like 10 years ago....)
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going to have to think this through... but I sure like the idea of a Surly '29er...
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oh one other thing with MTBs... how much room for the boys should i have when standing over??? i rode a 2010 Hardrock 29er the other day it was a 21" and seemed just about right... but it comes in 23"...

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Old 08-08-09, 08:30 PM   #6
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sweet! I had forgotten about the Surly frame...
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I can do the wrench work spent the better part of my youth working on locomotives and helicopters...
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looks as if I could forgo the front suspension and get really nice comps aye?
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then go squishy later?
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all the Clyde post seem to point towards steel steel steel... and I know some of the newer steels are freekin sweet!!!... (saw a thing the other day like 80% of the steel used to make todays cars didn't exist like 10 years ago....)
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going to have to think this through... but I sure like the idea of a Surly '29er...
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oh one other thing with MTBs... how much room for the boys should i have when standing over??? i rode a 2010 Hardrock 29er the other day it was a 21" and seemed just about right... but it comes in 23"...
For what it's worth, I got my arse handed to me on my first mountain bike race by a guy on a surly 29er.
He still rides with me once or twice a year. That's all I got...
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Old 08-09-09, 07:38 AM   #7
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sweet! I had forgotten about the Surly frame...
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I can do the wrench work spent the better part of my youth working on locomotives and helicopters...
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looks as if I could forgo the front suspension and get really nice comps aye?
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then go squishy later?
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all the Clyde post seem to point towards steel steel steel... and I know some of the newer steels are freekin sweet!!!... (saw a thing the other day like 80% of the steel used to make todays cars didn't exist like 10 years ago....)
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going to have to think this through... but I sure like the idea of a Surly '29er...
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oh one other thing with MTBs... how much room for the boys should i have when standing over??? i rode a 2010 Hardrock 29er the other day it was a 21" and seemed just about right... but it comes in 23"...
Personally, I'd spend the money on the fork instead. Also, that LX component kit on Jenson is customizable, so you can add in nicer brakes or whatever before you order. However, I think you're right that a fully rigid 29er with the best brakes, tires and drivetrain would be pretty awesome. I love shopping on the internet with other people's money...
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only one problem with you 'build set' n00b... to add 29 inch wheel set it is over $700...

that build set is for a 26"...

it got quite spendy quite quickly
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looks like the Big Kahuna is a great candidate as well...

right at $1,500 and nicely equipped.

or a Rockhopper 29?
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With your weight and size, SRAM Tora air fork is a great choice. Most non-air forks can't handle more than 200lbs. At 300lbs, I'd stay away from the Reba fork, esp if it isn't a 2009 version.
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i'd rock it rigid, and get a fork down the line if it seems necessary. but then again, i'm a rigid-type, so whatever. either way, if you're large, get steel and spend the components money on the wheelset. The wheelset will take most of the weight-related abuse, and cheap wheels will fold under pressure. plus, and i know someone will moan about this, but all other things being equal, 26" wheels are stronger than 29" ones...

you can get cheeep groups on pricepoint, but it's all sram, if you like sram. I weigh @250, and i roll on a steel 29" singlespeed. Got some cheap surly wheels built up with some wtb dualduty freeride 29ers, and they're true as can be. pretty cheap, too, like, under $250. building the same with shimano hubs would be cheaper, but less strong, due to dish...

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