Noob 29er Advice

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Noob 29er Advice

Postby Cmm » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:33 pm

Hi

I am looking at getting my first 29er i am not going to be smashing the hard trails just need a gentle mountain bike for dirt trails that i wont be taking the roadie on.

I have been impressed with Giant (with my last and current roadie) so will be sticking with them unless there is an extremely good deal.

As i am not after anything to full on i am trying to keep a tight budget and i am currently looking at either the Boulder 29er 0 or the Talon 29er 1.

Is the Talon really worth the extra $200?

Thanks

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Re: Noob 29er Advice

Postby mitzikatzi » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:46 pm

Links?
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Re: Noob 29er Advice

Postby dale79 » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:09 pm

i just got a XTC 29 and its a cracker of a bike,
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Re: Noob 29er Advice

Postby Ozkaban » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:45 pm

The boulder will do the job but it weighs a ton.

dale79 wrote:i just got a XTC 29 and its a cracker of a bike,

Me too and +1 to this. I went second hand and got quite a nice price on a pristine example...
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Re: Noob 29er Advice

Postby trailgumby » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:56 pm

Giant are outstanding bikes. There were an awful lot of those XTC 29ers going past me at the Mont this weekend.
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Re: Noob 29er Advice

Postby silentbutdeadly » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:35 am

Cmm wrote:Is the Talon really worth the extra $200?


Yes. The Talon 1 has a better fork, better brakes, better drivetrain.

However, if you aren't really going MTB mad then I'd look seriously at the Roam 1 or Roam XR 2 as they'll handle pretty much any non-technical track or trail...and they are both well equipped for the money.
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Re: Noob 29er Advice

Postby Cmm » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:12 pm

Thanks for the input!

Am I being too 1 dimensional is there better options for sub $850 29ers (sub $1k at a massive stretch)
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Re: Noob 29er Advice

Postby mitzikatzi » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:45 pm

Torpedo7 have had KHS 29ers on sale from time to time. These look like a good deal.
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Re: Noob 29er Advice

Postby antipodean » Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:16 am

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Re: Noob 29er Advice

Postby Cmm » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:02 am

From what I have seen and the feedback here xtc is the way to go.

To get it to squeeze in the budget may have to find a second hand one even if it has to be a 26er.
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Re: Noob 29er Advice

Postby Jondalar » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:45 am

My fiance rides a Talon 29ER0 which she loves. I've got a Scott Scale 960 and from lifting the bikes into the car I can tell you the Talon is heavier than the Scale by a reasonable margin. My advice would be don't skimp too much, if you need to go too low end you'd be better to wait and get something decent. I wouldn't want to ride anything less capable than what I do. BTW we got the Talon for under $1K and that included changing the gears to Shimano Deore (she didn't like the SRAM shifters) and cutting the bars narrower, changing to a women's seat.

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