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airinpie

Can I talk about Mountain Bikes here?

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I'm in the research phase of wanting a new mountain bike. My current bike is from 2000. Specialized Rockhopper. Back then, I had to go with a hardtail because I'm heavier and would bottom out a rear shock just by sitting on the bike. People tell me this won't happen with the new tech. How do I go about researching what can support me? 

Also, do I want 27.5 or 29?

Im riding rough trail, but not doing anything crazy. No big jumps and stuff (yet at least. I'm too chicken)

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Of course you can post this here.  If you look at the front page of the site, you'll see the Cafe gets most of the action.

@Dirtyhip and @smudge are both women here and both ride in the dirt.  Hopefully tagging them will draw their attention to this post.

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Hey there! Welcome aboard!

I don't think you'll have that issue with the new suspensions. They have really come a long way.

I ride a fully rigid fat bike. And I covet probably every off-road bike @Dirtyhip possesses! ha!   If I had another off-road bike, I would definitely get a 27.5+. To me the 29'ers are too tall. Of course by the time the 26" wheel on my fattie is outfitted with the tire, I'm pretty much at a 29'er height. But if I had another off-road, it would be a 27.5+. I like the idea of a more nimble bike, and of course pretty much everything is more nimble than a fattie. Having said that, I think the reason I really like the fattie (Framed Minnesota 3.0 XWT) is for its stability. I have ridden road bikes for a while now, and this is my first off-road bike. I never rode off-road because those trees are awfully close and come up real fast. So this bike makes me feel better about surviving the ride! But my skills are getting better, and I'm riding faster when I want to. Usually, I like to explore; but a good downhill run is generally a good adrenaline rush!  I'm getting a little more sassy on my fat bike, but nothing compared to DH.

I'm sure DH will tell you a lot more about suspension bikes. And riding really fast. And schralping. And many other things that will make you pray before you attempt!  :D 

@bikeman564™ rides a fattie too. Even though he's a boy and a troll, he's still a good person to include in the off-road bike discussion. ;) 

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4 minutes ago, smudge said:

 

@bikeman564™ rides a fattie too. Even though he's a boy and a troll, he's still a good person to include in the off-road bike discussion. ;) 

:foryou: I loves my fat bike :loveshower:

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Structural weight limits are going to be around 240 for most of the mountain bikes. I am not sure of your scenario but a rear shock will sink if the rider has a weight higher than that. 

Another option for you is a plus bike. It's a hard tail that feels plush when you sit on it. The three inch tires are not as sluggish as the full fat bike tires. I was able to pedal my plus bike on a 1500 ft climbing ride and I did it in only 50 minutes. The plus bikes can really move if you want them to. 

There are a few bikes that have higher weight limits, but not the style you are looking for.

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I've kind of been looking at the Liv Embolden and the Trek Fuel. I don't have the money right now for either, but I want to do the legwork now so I know what I want when it's time to shop. 

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friend of mine has this Salsa 29 plus and loves it. She also rides a salsa bear grease fat bike.

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Airin, how has the rear wheel held up on your rockhopper?  This is usually the biggest problem when a bike is used beyond it's structural limitation.  

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11 minutes ago, airinpie said:

I've kind of been looking at the Liv Embolden and the Trek Fuel. I don't have the money right now for either, but I want to do the legwork now so I know what I want when it's time to shop. 

Trek also sells a Stache.  It's a plus bike HT, but it doesn't feel like a hard tail bike.   Three inch tires are plush.

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I'm a fan of the 27.5.  That will be my next bike if I ever get around to it as it fits the trails I ride and riding style far better than a 29er.

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18 minutes ago, Dirtyhip said:

Airin, how has the rear wheel held up on your rockhopper?  This is usually the biggest problem when a bike is used beyond it's structural limitation.  

No issues. I've been pretty hard in it and I've never even broken a spoke. There's nothing "wrong" with my bike, I just want to upgrade :)

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And I don't necessarily know if I NEED full suspension, I just want to look into it because that's what all the cool girls have :blink:

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My Fuze is a 27.5, but can accommodate 3 inch tires. It has the ability to run 29'er rims as well.  A 27.5 with a plus tire is about as tall as a 29'er

I like 29ers, but I have moved down to a 650b.  The smaller wheel size corners very effectively.  However, it loses the rollover feel with that 650B.  29ers roll over stuff quite nicely.  Wheel size is very personal.  I will say with the weight questions on capacity, your stronger wheel will be a 650b.  The 29ers are not as strong, structurally.  

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4 minutes ago, airinpie said:

And I don't necessarily know if I NEED full suspension, I just want to look into it because that's what all the cool girls have :blink:

They are fun to ride.  At times, I don't need it, but it sure feels nice. 

Some trails it is a necessity.  If I am dropping off things bigger than 3 feet, I want some plush landings.

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2 minutes ago, Dirtyhip said:

They are fun to ride.  At times, I don't need it, but it sure feels nice. 

Some trails it is a necessity.  If I am dropping off things bigger than 3 feet, I want some plush landings.

I'm still a noob, so I haven't been dropping off anything yet, but I'd like to think I'll get there after riding some more. I've found a women's MTB group nearby so I've been going with them and learning the trails. Plus it's super fun!

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1 minute ago, airinpie said:

I'm still a noob, so I haven't been dropping off anything yet, but I'd like to think I'll get there after riding some more. I've found a women's MTB group nearby so I've been going with them and learning the trails. Plus it's super fun!

It is fun to ride with others sometimes.  It helps push your skill set, if you ride with people that are better.

I am dismayed by some of the people I have been riding with.  People have a problem with being late, and they don't want to try the more difficult lines that I like to ride.  This season will be more rides with my husband or just going alone. Less drama with riding alone.

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4 minutes ago, Dirtyhip said:

It is fun to ride with others sometimes.  It helps push your skill set, if you ride with people that are better.

I am dismayed by some of the people I have been riding with.  People have a problem with being late, and they don't want to try the more difficult lines that I like to ride.  This season will be more rides with my husband or just going alone. Less drama with riding alone.

These rides have been split into groups. Beginner, beginner +, intermediate, advanced. So you get to ride with your skill level. It's nice for me because my hubs works on Saturdays, and it's giving me a chance to make some new friends. The group is about an hour from me, but it's worth the drive because I don't have a lot of cycling friends where I live. Plus I don't know the trails, so this gives me some confidence to learn them and then go on my own. 

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6 hours ago, airinpie said:

These rides have been split into groups. Beginner, beginner +, intermediate, advanced. So you get to ride with your skill level. It's nice for me because my hubs works on Saturdays, and it's giving me a chance to make some new friends. The group is about an hour from me, but it's worth the drive because I don't have a lot of cycling friends where I live. Plus I don't know the trails, so this gives me some confidence to learn them and then go on my own. 

I like this a lot. I like the group levels. I don't mind the hour drive; that's how long it takes me to get to the Marquette trails. And as much as I like riding on my own, sometimes I would like to have someone else along to show me things I'm missing.  Sounds good!

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17 hours ago, Dirtyhip said:

Trek also sells a Stache.  It's a plus bike HT, but it doesn't feel like a hard tail bike.   Three inch tires are plush.

I just was looking at one of my LBS (local ish) bike shop websites. They have a Stache, in my size, last years demo for $999 :whistle:

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55 minutes ago, airinpie said:

I just was looking at one of my LBS (local ish) bike shop websites. They have a Stache, in my size, last years demo for $999 :whistle:

I have heard positive things about this bike. It has decent stand over height for a big tire bike too. I would get one with a dropper post for sure.  Those really help your schralp.

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13 minutes ago, Dirtyhip said:

I have heard positive things about this bike. It has decent stand over height for a big tire bike too. I would get one with a dropper post for sure.  Those really help your schralp.

There's a decent chance that I'll be going by this store tomorrow for something else, but I'll definitely take a look. They also have a Superfly in my size that's a closeout. 

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4 hours ago, airinpie said:

There's a decent chance that I'll be going by this store tomorrow for something else, but I'll definitely take a look. They also have a Superfly in my size that's a closeout. 

Yay!!! I feel an n+1 coming on..... :D 

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49 minutes ago, smudge said:

Yay!!! I feel an n+1 coming on..... :D 

Only if they do layaway :whistle:

i have a vacation next week to pay for first!

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