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Old 01-22-13, 01:40 PM
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Moving to 29er (Carve, Flash, X-Cal)?? Any Advice

Hi, I want to change my bike (2005 Giant XTC) and will go for 29er.
I have been riding this bike (that a friend gave) for 6 months but it has a very small frame and sometimes got pain in my knees.
These are the options I have short listed: 2012 Cannondale Flash-3 and 2013 Specialized Carve Comp. both are new bikes and have basically the same configuration: rockshox Recon Gold front suspension, 3x10 Deore/SLX (Flash) vs 2x10 X5/X7(Carve) group. And the same price.
I've also seen the Trek X-Caliber but I am not sure about its geometry....

Is the year of manufacturing important? Does 2x10 really makes my life easier?
Any suggestion or comment on this regard will be appreciated.

P.S. Yesterday I saw the Trek superfly Elite and looked gorgeous, however it's 400$ more expensive than those I have mentioned b4, but I can save some money within next coulpe of months to buy it, what do you think?
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Old 01-22-13, 04:48 PM
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Those are all solid bikes at a reasonable price. Just to muddy the waters, try looking at the Scott Scale Comp 29er.

http://www.rei.com/product/842559/sc...29er-bike-2013

Rocket Rons and a Reba. Plus I lean towards the Ritchey parts as an upgrade.
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re: 2x10, I ride a 2x10 with 28/39 rings and a 11-36 cassette. many trails in Kansas I can ride entirely in the big ring.

it depends on what you do with your MTB. if you ride it on fast road rides, then 2x10 may not work as well as a triple because most people don't buy the XC race cranksets with 39-42T big rings, and triples should have 42T or larger big rings. (hybrid triples often have 46 or 48.)

it also depends on how low of gearing you really need. for many people, a 22 or 24 granny ring on a triple is way overkill with a modern 34 or 36 cassette. you can walk way faster than 22x36, and in fact, it's so slow that some/most people would have difficulty maintaining their balance.

on a triple you probably ride most of the time in the middle ring, and have a lot of overlapped gears. but there's no doubt you have the widest total range which can be useful if you ride on the road (or pedal down long, smooth hills) and also would rather ride trials-style than get off and hike the steepest sections.

for me, I don't need a triple on a MTB. I have a cyclocross bike for gravel road rides, and a road bike for going fast on pavement. 39x11 gets me going pretty fast, anyway, especially on a big fat tire.

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Love my Airborne Goblin. Tough to beat the components you get for the price. I think you can still get it w/ the Reba dual air too.

http://www.airbornebicycles.com/prod...ew-goblin.aspx
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I do ride in flat paved roads some times to get the unpaved trails and sometimes also like to go uphill in paved roads, so I am thinking to choose a 2 ring crankset.
However pricewise speaking, I think the X-CAL would be the best option.
TOugh decision... any other advice will be appreciated.

Thanks Elduderino2412, I haven't heard about airborne... but looks interesting... I will take a look of it.

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FInally I got my Trek X-Caliber. What a bike!! I love it!
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Originally Posted by Ldosorio View Post
FInally I got my Trek X-Caliber. What a bike!! I love it!
Congrats on the new bike!!! I have a 2012 X-Cal and I absolutely love it. I am sure yours will be great too. Here is a pic of my X-Cal:


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Thanks dj8052! Mine is '13, Black-Red & White. It is really nice and fits perfect!
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