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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:52 pm 
Lincs, East and South Yorks Deputy AEC
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now that is cool 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:56 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Didn't know you had toys in your likeness Chris ;)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:56 pm 
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longun wrote:
Only with heavy bits, the best is not the lightest don't forget. Intense spider appears to get very highly regarded as a contender. Also the mongoose Canaan, bitd a mere 4" travel lol


I've got a Canaan, very good uphill or down. Quite a bit lighter than the teocali, and doesnt really need the lockout on the shock, very efficient (same system as teocali).

As for only having 4 inches of travel, its pretty typical for a marathon/xc bike.

Also, the Kona hei hei is a great frame (scandium tubing/magnesium rocker)
, as is the spesh epic.


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Lincs, East and South Yorks Deputy AEC
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steve wallace wrote:
Didn't know you had toys in your likeness Chris ;)


you know me dude, we all have toys :wink:


some are just feckin way expensive pmsl


would love a canaan, or giant anthem, they appear sweeeeeeeet


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BoTM Winner / retrobike rider
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I've just ordered one of these.... http://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbikes ... tml?b=2562
It'll be here in March, so will tell you then if it's as good as it's reviews!


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retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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I'm sure there are plenty of short travel, lightweight full sussers around these days, but you have to ask, do you really need a full suspension bike for regular XC use? I've managed 25 years of XC riding without bounce and don't feel the need to change.

If its a big silly day out in the big hills with the local lunatics though, i choose something with bounce. Lots of bounce :twisted:


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From a 98 onward point of view whilst still not being modern I'd go for a Trek Y-frame. Simple, tough, late ones are disc ready, virtual rear lock out when you stand for climbs. Not the best in many peoples eyes but this is retrobike and the latest kits well, just out of place. :wink:


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North West Deputy AEC
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I wish I still had my 2005 ellsworth truth :cry: faultless bikes


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retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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I swear by the Orange 5. Had a couple and they're ace for all types of terrain. Think mine comes in around 28lb atm so not too heavy. :wink:


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Giant Anthem/Anthem X generally regarded as one of the best XC full sus out there...


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