What are people liking for an XC'ish bike that climbs like a demon and can handle trails like Severed with grace?
I'm considering picking up a more XC oriented bike and looking at a few different options, all around the $1000-1200 USD mark as indicated in the poll. All bikes are 29'ers of course. The Honzo is probably more than I need in an XC bike but I like the range of this ride. Thinking like 4+ hour type rides for this bike, say pedal from home (NBby) to Seymour then over to Fromme and back home. I might stretch the budget a bit for a newer machine with more modern geo that I can keep around a lot longer.
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