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tripleDot

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Want HT Trail need suggestion.
« on: April 24, 2017, 08:03:38 AM »
Don't really know where to put this but...

I've been exploring this nearby island and had seen a good number of trails. Trails that my full rigid 29er XC starts to feel inadequate. So I'm considering building a new HT trail bike. My options are 29er with suspension fork or a full rigid plus bike. Haven't decided on wheel size for the plus size but kind of leaning on 29+.

My concern is would a rigid plus wheel feel as good (better) than suspensioned 29er? I personally want a rigid fork because it's maintenance-free.



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Re: Want HT Trail need suggestion.
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2017, 08:18:45 AM »
My suggestion would be a Trek Stache (or equivalent 29+ Chiner frame) with front suspension.  However, I am biased as I own two of them.
2017 Trek Stache 9.8 (29+)
2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Carbon Comp 6Fattie (27.5+)2016 Trek Stache 9 (29+) w/upgrades (Sold)
2014 -036 Full Suspension Chiner (Sold)
2013 -057 Hardtail Carbon Chiner (Sold)
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Patrick C.

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Re: Want HT Trail need suggestion.
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017, 07:38:12 PM »
IMO maintenance is not a reason to go rigid.  Have you had a lot of maintenance problems with suspension forks in the past? 

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Re: Want HT Trail need suggestion.
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 08:39:25 PM »
IMO maintenance is not a reason to go rigid.  Have you had a lot of maintenance problems with suspension forks in the past?

I agree, going rigid shouldn't be about maintenance. And yes, I did encountered some problems with my suspension forks before, these problems were partly why I got into rigid in the first place.

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Re: Want HT Trail need suggestion.
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 02:29:37 AM »
Another option you could consider is the Lauf fork.
I wanted to go rigid too, but the LBS made me an offer I couldn't resist for the Lauf.

It is maintenance free, and provide 60mm of travel.
I ride it for more than a year now in all kind of terrain but DH, and I'm really happy of it.

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Re: Want HT Trail need suggestion.
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2017, 08:10:50 PM »
That Lauf fork reco sure gave me some chills.  Don't get me wrong, I actually love it, it's just that I will need to sell one of my bikes to increase my budget pool.  Otherwise, I'm it's a 2018 project.  Hehehe.