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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:24 pm 
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Any ideas for the best hardtail ever made?

Also the best material? steel, aluminium, titanium or carbon?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:40 pm 
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My idea of "best" would be "most versatile".

For that reason, I'd have to put the GT Zaskar right up there.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:50 pm 
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Good choice!

Yeti Arc (alu)?

Kona Hei Hei (ti)?

I'll put these on here as they're the best hardtail's I've owned to date.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:00 pm 
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I think the best hardtail I've ever owned personally is my Zaskar Carbon 4X.

It was a custom carbon 4X frame, built for and raced by Dave Wardell. I bought it off him and it came kitted out with a full compliment of Hope Team Green kit (Pro 3 SP-AM hubs, Tech X2 brakes, QRs) and a nice helping of SRAM X0, Easton Carbon and DT bits..

Someone else obviously thought it was a nice bike too, because it got stolen :( :(


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:16 pm 
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I'd vote for a Santa Cruz Chameleon.

I've had three...my large one was genuinely versatile. It seemed happy doing long XC rides, pissing around in the locals woods on jumps and DH runs. I really wish I'd not sold that bike...Pike air forks, king headset, bulbs hubs, saint brakes, X9 running gear etc.


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Older Cove Hummer.


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My knackered old Dialled Prince Albert = pub bike, jump bike, XC bike, winter bike & with added rack mount braze on's even does off road touring. Would look a bit out of place in an xc race & would definitely fail in any bling category


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:42 pm 
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Pace RC200 f8. :)


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:00 pm 
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For me it's the charge blender in titanium, I happen to be building one up too :D


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