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This has just reinstalled me comfortably on the fence about keeping my 2014 Rocky Mtn Instinct as a 150/130mm 29er, or doing the long-shock & mullet dance to make it a 160/155mm 29/650B unit on coil suspension at both ends.
I'll probably just throw Saint brakes at my already 203/180mm rotor setup, and keep rocking 11spd XT and eTRS Cassette, because I can't be bothered to find an issue with how awesome that setup has been for me.
As awesome as some new bikes (Vitus Escarpe - $4200USD for Fox Factory and SLX!) are, I'm still super-content with my current setup, and can throw even more money at bling where it's not already fully off the chain (carbon frame, cranks, rims, bars, seat rails, even bottle cage) and still be money ahead.
I do feel like 12x148mm sticking around has merit, as much as I hated it before, the fact that I can boostinate my 12x142mm hardware actually makes that a comparatively more appealing option, even though I feel that 12x157 was practically a better bit of solution space to the same problem, especially if we accepted that we'd be changing standards on freehubs and crank Q anyway, we'd already have viable 14-speed drivetrains.
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