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Dreaming of an aggressive 29er for the North Shore and PNW

May 2, 2017, 9:27 p.m.
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Another review with a good video segment on the Pole 140:

http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/category/bikes/mountain-bikes/full-suspension/product/pole-evolink-140-review-50854/

As a taller guy at 6'6" I'm very curious about the stretched geometry as well.


 Last edited by: S4d33 on May 3, 2017, 10:06 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
May 3, 2017, 10:35 a.m.
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Yeah, I would love to try one...see if I like the feel out on the trails. I like the idea though.

May 3, 2017, 1:56 p.m.
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The Poles are very interesting but the Geometrons get my mojo going.

May 3, 2017, 6:20 p.m.
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me as well.

May 10, 2017, 10:29 p.m.
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I've been riding and loving the Yeti 5.5 lately. Very capable without much penalty.

May 11, 2017, 8:36 a.m.
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Posted by: cam@nsmb.com

I've been riding and loving the Yeti 5.5 lately. Very capable without much penalty.

I'm sorely tempted but

1) It's eye-wateringly expensive, and...

2) For that money, I want a better way to carry a water bottle out of the muck thrown up by the front wheel.

However, I'm still sorely tempted...

May 11, 2017, 9:49 a.m.
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Posted by: big-ted

Posted by: cam@nsmb.com

I've been riding and loving the Yeti 5.5 lately. Very capable without much penalty.

I'm sorely tempted but

1) It's eye-wateringly expensive, and...

2) For that money, I want a better way to carry a water bottle out of the muck thrown up by the front wheel.

However, I'm still sorely tempted...

That is a challenge for me that I haven't yet solved. I am on the cusp of ditching the pack and this is a fairly significant setback. I mounted a pump to the under downtube waterbottle bosses the other day - a brand new pump we are testing mind you - and at the end of the ride only the bracket had snapped off without me noticing. I have been thinking of mounting a bottle on the top of the top tube all the way back at the seat pillar. It will look like crap but I'll still have ample standover. I've also been trying a CamelBak fanny hydration system. It doesn't completely suck. At least not yet. 

But... the bike rides so well.

May 11, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
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the 5.5 is so seriously good that the wb situation makes me sad.

May 11, 2017, 2:34 p.m.
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Does any one ride a Wreckoning or a Slash regularly on the shore? I was thinking of getting a Wreckoning, but I wonder how it'd handle some of the slower, techs section on the shore, or up in Squamish.

May 11, 2017, 2:53 p.m.
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i rode a slash regularly on the shore for a couple months. certainly competent, and works great on really steep lines. when it gets flatter, you do need to work the front a bit more to push through tighter, slower stuff. this bike really likes to be opened up though. if slower tech is your forte, i found the yeti 5.5c and enduro 29 a bit more competent - primarily a consequence of steeper head angles.   

May 11, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
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Thanks for your insight. I'm currently on a Following, and I'm looking for a bit more travel. I enjoy the way it handles, but lately after charing through tech sections more I'm wishing for something more. The Wreckoning seems like a natural progression, but I'm just concerned that for some of the slower entrances to spicy features it might be a real handful.

May 12, 2017, 1:07 p.m.
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I couldn't imagine running a bottle underneath the down tube in highly populated riding areas. Even on yesterdays ride with a bottle in the triangle there was big mud on nozzle.

Funny how only a frame cycle or two ago cage mounting bolts were almost a sign that the bike wasn't meant for getting radical on.


 Last edited by: Endur-Bro on May 12, 2017, 1:07 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
May 12, 2017, 9:27 p.m.
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+1. I had to choose between a bike having a bottle mount and less ideal but doable older geometry vs. absolutely dialled geometry and no bottle mount. Ended up going with the bottle mount

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