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Re: Long Travel 29'er / Transition/ Yeti /Evil
Reply #20 - 06/11/19 at 12:25am
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I do realize that is a bit subjective.........isnt everything?
  
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Reply #21 - 06/15/19 at 9:59pm
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Gray Rider wrote on 06/11/19 at 12:24am:
Would like your guys opinions on:
Evil Following
Ibis Ripley


Ya?



Nevermind.  I have committed to a Following......
  
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Reply #22 - 07/17/19 at 6:03pm
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Owned the Following until very recently and ridden a Ripley LS many times.  Both are hilarious fun in NC.  They both have a version of the DW link suspension so they climb unlike most other bikes (except Pivots) have you ridden either?  Moreover, where are you going to ride it?
  
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Reply #23 - 07/18/19 at 9:41pm
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I've ridden quite a few bikes over the past year while looking for a new trail 29er.  For charlotte and pisgah riding, I'd steer clear of the Sentinel.  I demo'd one at the WWC and was not a fan.  Far too much front wheel flop and I could not balance front and rear traction when climbing.  I had to dab my foot twice when climbing up Goat.  The Geo is just a bit too much for CLT trails.  That said...bikes like these have their place.  I just demo'd a Guerilla Gravity Smash this week out in Colorado.  Out west, I had the same climbing balance issue but it was an absolute monster on chunky descents.  The Longhorn trail I rode was was rougher than anything I've seen in pisgah.  You could ride steep rock drops with little to no speed.  High speed cornering was a dream etc..

Sounds like you already got a bike, but I'd recommend a Transition Smuggler, Yeti SB130, the new Ripley, or a Guerilla Gravity Trail Pistola.  Evil's are a bit short on reach and I'd expect them to update their geo soon.  I've ridden all of these except for the Ripley and I'd pick the SB130 if money was no object.  When I rode the SB130 this week I was blown away with how smooth it was.  The rear suspension was somehow supportive/firm while staying supple over fast square edge rock hits.  They have a "lunch ride" version with a longer stroke if you wanted more travel for weekend trips etc...

All in all, you really cant go wrong with any of these modern trail bikes!  I ended up buying a smuggler with a longer rear shock (210x55 vs 210x50) and love it.
  
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Reply #24 - 07/19/19 at 4:45pm
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Ended up going with a Evil Offering after demoing a few different bikes.  Smuggler was a very close second option and ultimately came down to slightly better price on the Evil.  I tried out the SB130 as well and thought it pedaled really well but overall didnt like it as much as the other two.  The offering has updated geo that is more on par with Yeti and Transitions SBG so ended up going with a medium frame -  should be coming in the next week or so and will post a few pics once its built up.
  
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Reply #25 - 07/23/19 at 6:21pm
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Would love to hear how the long stroke Smuggler rides - any frame contact, do you need to run more sag, did you up fork, etc. 

Also very curious about the Offering!
  
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Reply #26 - 08/01/19 at 12:23pm
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Tinkertown - I didn't ride the smuggler without the longer 55mm stroke shock, so I cant compare and contrast.  I've read that you cant over stroke like was done on my bike, but everything looks ok at full compression.  The rocker arm gets within an 1/8" of the seatpost at full compression but its not worth worrying about.   

For shock setup, I have a rockshox deluxe ultimate shock with 3 spacers and 30-35% sag.  I havent had any pedal strike issues like on my 5010, but i also shortened my cranks.   To be honest, the rear end way out performs the front pike fork.  On my past bikes, I relied on a supple front end and dealt with the rear.  I dont want to add more weight to my bike...but I'm tempted to see if a Fox 36 would help turn the bike into an all out monster!  haha
  
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Reply #27 - 08/01/19 at 1:23pm
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James Banta wrote on 08/01/19 at 12:23pm:
...but I'm tempted to see if a Helm would help turn the bike into an all out monster!


Fixed it
  
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Reply #28 - 08/02/19 at 3:36pm
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Check out the Vorsprung Luftkappe. Totally worth it.
  
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Reply #29 - 08/02/19 at 10:14pm
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Mr.B wrote on 08/01/19 at 1:23pm:


Fixed it


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Reply #30 - 08/06/19 at 11:29am
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Bike finally came in and the guys at Trek of North Charlotte built it up.  
  
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Reply #31 - 08/08/19 at 3:11am
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She’s a beauty!
  
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