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Old 03-21-07, 06:42 AM
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XC is off-road, but I wouldn't call it touring. None of the race courses I've been on would be good for tootling around, and they always formed a 10 mile loop, so they suck for getting somewhere, you always find yourself back at the start
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Old 03-21-07, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by blickblocks
Isn't XC just offroad touring?

no that is just offroad touring. Which is not very common since most long trail systems are still off limits to cyclists.


this is xc


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Old 03-21-07, 06:56 AM
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I equate touring to plodding along with a bike loaded up with panniers.

XC ain't that like a Saleen S7 is "Just a car."

http://www.saleen.com/saleen_s7_main.htm
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Old 03-21-07, 06:30 PM
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At your size a 29er is the best option in my worthless 2cent opinion. I sold both of my 26" MTB after taking a "chance" at buying a used SS 29er. I have three 29ers now(geared full squishy, SS, and fixed).

The Monocog is a great deal, and a great way to get into SS 29ers on the cheap. It is a porker, but that can be fixed depending on your pocket book. The wheels are a good place to start to loose some weight. If you want to build your own also take a look at the Q-Ball frame from Scott Quiring (http://www.qballbikes.com/index.html). I own a Karate Monkey and love it, but if I were to build another one right now I would buy a Q-Ball in a heartbeat. The horizontal drops on the Monkey are a pain to deal with when using disc brakes. The Q-ball has a great sliding disc mount. Plus, it has a beer bottle opener built into the frame!!

A Q-ball/Monkey build is going to be way more expensive than the Monocog, but you will be able to pick and choose your own components.

I am 6'6" 280lbs btw and my fat boy proof Karate Monkey comes in at 28lbs with rigid carbon fork and one of the fattest tires/rim combo (Weirwolfs/Kris Holms).
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Old 03-21-07, 10:42 PM
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inbred 29er dude check em out
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Old 03-22-07, 11:37 AM
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All over the Inbred 29er. In fact, I pulled the trigger on a deal sending a 21" Inbred 29er in primo shape to me just this morning. I looked at several bikes and just loved what I saw with the Inbred. I should have it next week sometime.
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Old 03-22-07, 12:06 PM
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My friend has one, and he loves it. Those forks and stays are awesome.
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Old 03-22-07, 12:55 PM
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i agree, good choice! my friend rides one and loves it.
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