Since your coming off old school shitty short geo anything new is going to feel unfamiliar and huge at first. You have to get used to it, which doesn’t happen during a parking lot test ride. Trust the manufacturer size recommendations, and size up or down slightly if your on the bubble. Geo is king.
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With all the variability in preferred brake lever positioning, thumb length, etc, I never thought the integrated brake/shifter mounting was worth it. Saves 15grams of parts but ultimately leaves someone unhappy with positioning options. I'll take separate discrete mounting clamps please, every time.
^ thanks man. I flip flop back and forth between this and the 170mm enduro bike, it makes you appreciate what either excel in. Its kinda fun to be on a hardtail again, climbs so well. You realize what a slug the enduro bike is on the ups.
Ragley Big AL, size XL. 480 reach, 650 stack. 150mm fork, HA measures 64*. I'm 5'11" and the fit is great. I will never own a short reach bike again.
Riding it to 7-11 with my kids it does feel like a lumbering beast but as soon as it hits dirt, it all makes sense. Much more capable than the hardtails of yesteryear. Stable, forgiving, fast, and just fine to throw around. Not in tight radius berms tho.
The 74 SA is almost a deal breaker but with saddle all the way forward is just enough. 76 probably the sweet spot. Alu frame, 29.5 lb build with good rubber. Frame was $450 from CRC to my door :)
I question the dedication to steel frames. With big volume 29” tires (and inserts), proper geometry that get you more over the fork on the descents, I think I’d rather save the 2 pounds of weight an aluminum frames offers over steel. It won’t have the lifespan of steel for sure tho.
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