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matthewayres 02-07-13 09:30 PM

Nashbar bees knees 2x10?
Okay folks, please point me to another thread if this is duplicative.

I am 5'5" and looking for a nice mtn bike for my first foray into off road. I ride a bmc on road, and do a few thousand miles a year, but get board with the rods and not being able to ride in slush/snow. So, I was looking at 29ers and realized it might not be best for a smaller guy like me. Then I found this bike on nashbar, 650b, x9/7 mix, rock shod revelation with RL. All in all seems to be a good deal for $1100 (it says 1300, but they have 20% off deals on their bikes every now and again). A pretty well appointed bike, albeit a generic aluminum frame. Seems the parts are worth it alone... What do you all say? Pros/cons? I knowi should support LBS, thanks.

Nashbar Bee's Knees 2x10 650B Mountain Bike

FRAME: 650b Alloy, tapered 1 1/4" head tube, trail tuned chain and seat stays, replaceable rear derailleur hanger, disc tabs and double water bottle mounts
FORK: Rock Shox Revelation RL with Remote Lockout and 100mm of travel, Tapered 1 1/4" steerer, 15mm Thru-Axle
CRANKSET: SRAM X5, 38/24 chainrings
SHIFTERS: SRAM X9 trigger, 2x10
LEVERS: Avid Elixir 3
HANDLEBAR: Alloy Oversized, 31.8mm clamp, 620mm width, 15mm rise
STEM: Alloy, 80mm
REAR DERAILLEUR: SRAM X9, Medium Cage, 10-speed
CASSETTE: SRAM PG-1070, 10-speed, 11/36 range
BRAKES: Avid Elixir 3 Hydraulic
WHEELSET: Alex 650b XD-Lite, 6-bolt IS disc,sealed bearing hubs
TIRES: Kenda Nevegal, K-1010, 27.5x2.1 (650b)
SEATPOST: Aluminum, 31.6x400mm
SADDLE: Prologo Kappa Evo
CHAIN: SRAM PC-1071, 10-speed
GRIPS/TAPE: Lock Ring, black

Phil_gretz 02-08-13 06:22 AM

29er sizing is different than 26" mtbs, and different than road bikes. 29ers are higher, so you go a frame size down or so. Do you know what size you would ride? 15"? Phil

matthewayres 02-08-13 07:47 AM

Yeah, the geometry on a 15 looks like it will be great. The question is more about if this is a junk bike with good components on it or if it's something nice to seriously consider? I haven't bought a mountain in 15 Years, so everything is changed and reading forums like these helps you can also confuse things more. Is to get serious about mountain biking on the to get a new set of wheels and probably a new cockpit, but besides that the bike in the componentry seems solid just looking for a little bit of advice her. Sounds like a steal for 1100....

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