Looking for a replacement.... MTB 29er carbon fully

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rodebaron51
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by rodebaron51

Hi guys,

I own a Merdia fully carbon 26... Shimano XT (3000D) 3 years old. I ride single tracks, am 1.93M and 88KG... ALso like to ride on my racebike (Colnago C59).
Its a good bike but I like to get a 29er as I heads lots of good things about it...

Worth the cost of a switch?

Needs to be fully carbon as well
Min Shimano XT
Fully -> I love the goods it does to my back and behind ;-)

Suggestions?

Trek? Scott, or a Merida or??? Trek Fuel Ex looks quite nice...
Unfortunatly Colnago does not make fullies... :-(
Pascal

2012 Colnago C59 MTBK Camapgnolo Hyperon Ultra 2 and Campi SR11
2014 Merida Big 99 CF team fully
2015 Pinarello F8 Sky Campagnolo Bora Utra 2 and Campi SR11 EPS (RIP after crash)
2016 Trek Mad-One Limited Team Edition

rodebaron51
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by rodebaron51

Hmmmm/// summertime seems not to be the right timing for a response... ;-)

My shortlist...

Trek Fuel ex 9.9 or 9.8
Specialized Epic Marathon carbon 29
S works Epic carbon XTR
Merida big 99


Comments still appriciated
Pascal

2012 Colnago C59 MTBK Camapgnolo Hyperon Ultra 2 and Campi SR11
2014 Merida Big 99 CF team fully
2015 Pinarello F8 Sky Campagnolo Bora Utra 2 and Campi SR11 EPS (RIP after crash)
2016 Trek Mad-One Limited Team Edition

Colin
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by Colin

Are you looking for a mountain bike to race, or ride all day? The Fuel EX and the Epic are quite different bikes.

socratease
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by socratease

Check out the Anthem X: great price, pedals well, super stiff, descends confidently. For my riding (aggressive, technical XC), its the pick of the litter, with the exception of the Niner Jet 9 Carbon RDO. However, that bike is much more expensive and has internal routing which is a big minus for me.

The Epic is exceptional. It is the best pedaling full suspension bike on the market. It is, however, expensive to maintain. If you're looking for a hardtail feel, there really aren't other bikes that can match it. Its also very twitchy and can get overwhelmed easily (like a hardtail).

The Fuel EX rides well. I'm psyched that trek is finally making that bike in a 29": we will sell a lot of them. Its a little pricey for the spec, and isn't the most agile bike out there. Much different than the other bikes on the list, as noted. It's much more a trail bike: meant to be ridden with the weight far back on the rear wheel. Takes flow lines well.

tonytourist
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by tonytourist

If you're after a race bike I would consider the Epic and a Scalpel.
The Niner Jet 9 RDO and Santa Cruz Tallboy are also good alternatives.

ratherbeintobago
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by ratherbeintobago

Turner Czar?

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rodebaron51
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by rodebaron51

Thanks so far!

It is more a d2d bike to have fun.... yes I know a bit overspeced for that, but I like the bling ;-)

Scott Spark 900 RC2013 seems also an option....

What do you guys mean with the epic? The Specialized or S works... S works version is a bit out of league.... $$$$ wise.


Pascal
Pascal

2012 Colnago C59 MTBK Camapgnolo Hyperon Ultra 2 and Campi SR11
2014 Merida Big 99 CF team fully
2015 Pinarello F8 Sky Campagnolo Bora Utra 2 and Campi SR11 EPS (RIP after crash)
2016 Trek Mad-One Limited Team Edition

rodebaron51
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by rodebaron51

As many problems also this one solved itself....

We (my family and I) will move to Shanghai as expats for 2-3 years as of Oct... so no need for a new bike... I am going to sell the old one anyway.
Pascal

2012 Colnago C59 MTBK Camapgnolo Hyperon Ultra 2 and Campi SR11
2014 Merida Big 99 CF team fully
2015 Pinarello F8 Sky Campagnolo Bora Utra 2 and Campi SR11 EPS (RIP after crash)
2016 Trek Mad-One Limited Team Edition

rodebaron51
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by rodebaron51

Almost a year ahead... just ordered a Merida big 99 CF team fully ;-)
Cant wait... my first 29er.
Hopefully will feel big difference to my Merida 96 3000D.

Will be here mid next week... pics will follow!

Andehhhh why buy a mtb in summer?.... get 30% discount as it is a 2014 model..... ;-)
Pascal

2012 Colnago C59 MTBK Camapgnolo Hyperon Ultra 2 and Campi SR11
2014 Merida Big 99 CF team fully
2015 Pinarello F8 Sky Campagnolo Bora Utra 2 and Campi SR11 EPS (RIP after crash)
2016 Trek Mad-One Limited Team Edition

jimborello
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by jimborello

I recently picked up a Turner and those bikes are really really fun!! BUt as long as it is a full sus it will be a fun bike ja

Dozer
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by Dozer

Are you still in Shanghai? If yes, you should do a riding vacation down here in Guangxi. All these mountains down here are covered in farming and logging trails...amazing place to live and ride.

rodebaron51
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by rodebaron51

Hi Dozer,

Unexpected, but after 10 month back to the Netherlands.... got an offer I could not refuse ;-)
Thats why I bought myself a present... thu I can pick the baby up.... looking forward to the 29er fully vs my current 26er fully....

Shanghai was not really the place to go for a ride... only fitness and swimming.... now back in fresh air!!!
Pascal

2012 Colnago C59 MTBK Camapgnolo Hyperon Ultra 2 and Campi SR11
2014 Merida Big 99 CF team fully
2015 Pinarello F8 Sky Campagnolo Bora Utra 2 and Campi SR11 EPS (RIP after crash)
2016 Trek Mad-One Limited Team Edition

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Getter
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by Getter

Thats awesome moving to another country like that.

Have you looked into Pivot? They have the 429 which is pretty cool. Maybe a Cannondale Scalpel...love me the Lefty!

rodebaron51
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by rodebaron51

First ride....

Comfortable
Fast
Tracktion

Feels great... a real upgrade!
Pascal

2012 Colnago C59 MTBK Camapgnolo Hyperon Ultra 2 and Campi SR11
2014 Merida Big 99 CF team fully
2015 Pinarello F8 Sky Campagnolo Bora Utra 2 and Campi SR11 EPS (RIP after crash)
2016 Trek Mad-One Limited Team Edition

rodebaron51
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by rodebaron51

Unbelievable... smashing all my mtg records with 10% or more.. and not even pushing it... this thing is FAST
Pascal

2012 Colnago C59 MTBK Camapgnolo Hyperon Ultra 2 and Campi SR11
2014 Merida Big 99 CF team fully
2015 Pinarello F8 Sky Campagnolo Bora Utra 2 and Campi SR11 EPS (RIP after crash)
2016 Trek Mad-One Limited Team Edition

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