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Old 05-31-16, 02:18 PM
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Old rider - New Full suspension bike search

I've had several mountain bikes since the mid nineties. I have raced at several levels - even at the top level (not really competitive) for a short stint. My first FS was a GT LTS1 that I broke a couple times then moved to Specialized. Owned several "BigHits" (2000, 2003, 2004 and 2009). During that time I had several other Specialized models - Epic, 3 Enduros and a couple Stump Jumpers - all fantastic bikes. Then - around 2009 - I bought an old 2002 Litespeed Kitsuma. HT frame built around a 5" fork. Went though 3 drive trains and 3 wheel sets. Fantastic bike, but I figured it was time to venture back to the full suspension world. Fortunately I still have connections to the bike world to seek out my next FS machine. This allowed me to test the models listed below. I decided to go to the AM world, as I am competing very little anymore. All bikes I tested we on the same 11 mile loop with @2K ft vertical and the following - a jump line, a very technical line (several switchbacks and a tiny bit of trials), high speed DH, and a very tough motoring line.
Santa Cruz 5010 - fantastic, best bike I had ever ridden - until I rode the Bronson
Trek Remedy 29" - Looong and fast. Super stable at speed, sloppy at low speed
Ibis Moho HD 3 - excellent descender but bobbed a bit when climbing. Rear end tended to kick off of jumps - high pucker factor
Santa Cruz Bronson - climbed as good as the 5010 (even with the 66 degree HA!)

So - the Bronson CC w/ X01 is enroute to the LBS
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Have you ridden a Foes Mixer ? I would love to try one, but none anywhere near me.
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No - I'm limited to what my favorite bike shop in the world sells - Trek, Giant, Intense, Ibis, and Santa Cruz. I did look up the Mixer - 2 different wheel sizes, odd but done before. My 2003 Bighit had a 26" in the front and 24" in the rear. Handled great, but it seemed like I hit my pedals on everything.
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Sneak over the border and see Shane for an SB6C. There's a reason that SB is short for Super Bike. I absolutely LOVE my SB66; everyone I know with an SB6 loves theirs. EVERY iteration of the SB (excluding the mongrel 75 of course) has been a home run and better than the one before. And they just announced this morning the "value version" SB6 Enduro - - still carbon, just a bit heavier, lower-priced weave.
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