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Full Suspension Frame for XC Racing New England

Old 10-16-17, 09:30 AM
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Full Suspension Frame for XC Racing New England

Howdy folks,

I've been doing a bit of XC racing this year and I've found it a TON MORE FUN than road racing and cyclocross.
After upgrading from Novice/Beginner (Cat 1) to Sport (Cat 2) I figured it'd be a good time to change the geometry of my frame a bit. I just want to purchase a frame and fork and transfer everything from my old bike to my new bike.

Currently I use a three year old aluminum 29er Enduro frame.
It has a 160/150mm F/R suspension but I feel its a bit too much suspension squish. I did load a bit more air into the shocks and rear suspension to make it ride more firmly.
The geometry is very slack and descends are very stable but I dont do as much descending as I'd like. I'm riding it fairly slammed.
She weighs in at about 32lbs with dropper post and bottle cages.

Terrain: The XC races here are mostly loops around park trails. The park trails are rocky and rooty with lots of technical turns and rocky climbs.
I'm leaning towards a full suspension XC so I can continue riding the harder trails and routes in my area with less fatigue.

I favor American companies but I'm open to suggestions and recommendations.

Thanks guys
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I was actually going to recommend the aluminum framed Santa Cruz Superlight ---- but I saw that it was discontinued ---- perhaps you could find one on closeout and swap the bulk of the parts kit with that from your endure bike


The Superlight has always been a bit of a misnomer as it was never the lightest bike out there, but has probably always been the lightest in the SC catalog when properly equipped (full suspension that is)

I rode a prior generation until I got my later model (now old too ) Yeti -- but I was thinking with the Fox CTD technology, a single pivot Superlight would really come into its own and its a shame they didn't make it in a carbon version
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Maybe a Santa Cruz Tallboy.
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Lot of Santa Cruz Love I see, the frame starts at about $3000 for the Tallboy, that's pretty much the standard most frames fall in now a days. 20 years ago $3000 for a frame would sound outlandish.
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Giant has updated the geometry of the 29" Anthems for 2018. If $3000 is in the budget for a frame, it might be worth thinking about spending an extra $900 for a complete bike. The Anthem Advanced 29 looks like a great value. Maestro suspension, good spec, carbon front triangle, carbon wheels. Yes, carbon wheels.

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/an...nced-29-1-2018

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Originally Posted by Panza View Post
Lot of Santa Cruz Love I see, the frame starts at about $3000 for the Tallboy, that's pretty much the standard most frames fall in now a days. 20 years ago $3000 for a frame would sound outlandish.
That is for the carbon frame. The aluminum frame is ~$1900 MSRP.
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