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My first and Second Mountain bikes, what I experienced first hand.

Old 09-14-14, 06:36 PM
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My first and Second Mountain bikes, what I experienced first hand.

I had a Scott Aspect 940 29er and I upgraded the crappy Suntour SR casual trail riding fork the the Raidon fork.
SR Suntour North America | SR Suntour Customer Loyalty Upgrade Program

Trust me on this, This upgrade was a deal and worth it big time.

Anyway after 2 seasons it was time to go full squish. The Hard tail taught me alot and many times when I made a mistake it gave
me a swift kick in the azzzz, literally. Its true, Hard Tails make you ride smarter.

I rode a $2800 Trek Fuel ex 7 29er,, very nice ride. Also rode the Giant Anthem, again a 29er. I actually rode these bikes, not around the
parking lot but off road. They both felt great but Still felt big, those big hoops. Other than the comfort of the rear suspension it still took a good bit of effort to turn in tight spots, tight switchbacks. I know how to weight the outside foot peg and lean the bike correctly, bla bla and all that But I did not have $3000 for a bike.

Then a test ride on a Scott Spark 760 happened, a 27.5, a 650b.... Wow,,,WOW
I could turn on a dime, I could accelerate real quick,
I could pop up the front end and set it down exactly where I wanted,
I could get air, scared the sales clerk when I jumped it with a curb stop and a ditch.
I bought the bike, it was a 2014 on sale for $1569, had SLX gear and shifted way faster, smoother etc
Traded in my well used Aspect 940 and got out the door with the Spark for $1300, kept my good saddle n peddals.

It's true the 29er rolls over everything and holds big speed real well but all the 29er's I rode were a bit of a hand full when things got tight or dicy.
The smaller wheel slightly slacker 27.5 was way different. It climbed like a billy goat,
I do not get 'Hung Up' on roots n rocks more like everyone said. I think this is due to the lighter wheel sets being easier to 'spin up'
out of a tight spot. Sugar sand was not a problem, felt no diff than the 29er,
and I could TURN, I could finally at the last second change lines even mid corner.
I could weight that outside foot peg and turn alot smoother with far far less effort.
Unlike the 29er it seemed to take less effort to climb out of the saddle and not really any more effort on seated climbs.
The Full squish did exactly what I wanted, It does not beat me when i get a little tired and cannot get up off the seat
fast enough, that rear shock lets me keep pedaling when I need to the most. and I can ride farther also.

I do the 'Strava' thing and I started out on this new unfamiliar bike riding my same routes that I rode on the hard tail.
Only been 55 miles on 5 rides on the Spark and per Strava every single section on each of the five rides I have logged a new
personal record for speed.

Both these bikes were 30 pounds, I'm no weight weenie, I know better components make a diff and the 27.5 wheels had less mass.
The 1.0 degree slacker head angle played a part but I can tell it was mostly the wagon wheels that held me back in the tight stuff.

This is just my observation on the two different bikes, I'm not some super experienced rider, and am not trying to convince anyone that
this wheel size or that bike is better but now that I have a bike that I can ride and control better and does not beat me as bad I hope
I can ride more and get stronger.

That's My story and I'm sticking to It

Oh yeah,,figures, I buy a helmet I like to match my old bike, get a new bike,,,not such a good match ya think !


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Old 09-15-14, 09:11 AM
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Keep the helmet, it is deer season here in florida. Nice bike and excellent review.
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Nice looking bike. Looks like a Florida trail....where is that?

I did the opposite, I started on a 27.5 then moved to a 29er. I'm a Clyde though. Ended up with a 2014 Trek Fuel EX 8. Just got it this week. Full suspension is worth EVERY penny.
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Beautiful bike!
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Originally Posted by tampatrek View Post
Nice looking bike. Looks like a Florida trail....where is that?
Turkey Creek, Hillsboro river basin.

SWAMP Mountain Bike Club Trails in Florida
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I bought a 650b and my buddy bought a 29er. I have no desire for a 29er cause I like maneuverability. I actually wanted a 26er for that reason but got sold into a 650 and love it. The 27.5 maneuvers very well and can turn tight spots on a dime if I do my part. I just wish I had more time to ride this thing to give it the justice it deserves.
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Yup,, on the Hard tail I was always ready to pack it in after 10, 12 miles of root filled flats, all sore and out of gas.

On my full squish I'm fine at 15, 17miles, And when I get into smoother faster trails I can get some real wind in my face
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