Introducing the Bailey 29er race mountain bike. Bold, Black and Beautiful. Designed to be a no frills race machine with all the features you would expect from a company of bike racers. We have the best in industry warranty with a "no questions asked", 2 year repair/replace policy. That is how confident we are in this design.
The Bailey 29er is John’s first foray into mountain bike frames after primarily focusing on lightweight and aggressive cyclocross rigs. Just looking at the Bailey 29er, one can see the cyclocross design influences. Ultra-thin seatstays that rival a Cervelo R5 (jokingly called “petite-stays”) for maximum shock absorption and minimal weight, bridgeless seatstays and chainstays for maximum mud clearance and room for up to a 2.4-inch rear tire, a disc brake mount on the chainstay for better braking performance and aggressive geometry that’s designed to do one thing – go fast. Continue reading →
Strengths: Super light
Solid enough for "real" mountain biking
Accelerates like a scalded wombat
Holds corners surprisingly well for a HT
Weaknesses: Didn't have a dropper post (not the frame's fault)
Full disclaimer: that bike in the picture? That's the one I got to ride. I've had it for about a week to try it out. First thing I noticed was that it's light. As in mind-bogglingly so. That lightness permeated every aspect of riding. I started out being somewhat dainty with it. That lasted a couple of days. Then it became my Stravanator. I was getting PRs left and right on this thing.
Including downhill. I would stop at the top of the hills, loosen the post binder, and drop the seat. Once I did that, I could travel downhill fairly quickly. My current bike is a Turner 5-spot, which is great downhill. What was nice about the Bailey, however, was that if I overbraked in a corner, winding back up to speed was easy. As a result, I could fly up, down, and all around.
What would I change about this bike? Probably add a dropper post for usual riding. With a dropper post, I would race this at Downieville. Also, for me, chain slap on a carbon frame is disconcerting, as it is loud and sounds just like a cracking carbon tube. It freaked me out the first few times I heard it. I would have a serious chainstay protector on this bike.
I really want to be discerning, and avoid being all "fanboy" about the frame, because I know when I read other people's reviews, I want to know if the bike they rode would be a good bike for me.
So, here's my bottom line: weight matters. This is light, but not stupid about it. When I stomp on pedals, it just goes. If I rode BIG rocks, I wouldn't ride this. If I rode medium chunkage and below, I would have confidence in this bike to handle whatever was thrown at it, and was enjoying its compliance compared to other hardtails I have ridden. If I rode long, rocky trails, I would start to become tired on this bike, because I'm an old guy, and like my cushy FS. That said, it would have to be very long, very rocky, and very flat. Drop one of those three, and I would go to this bike. Any climbing, mildly smooth, or less than 20 miles, and this is a go-to bike.
I'm looking to change around my bike a bit, and I'm a Clyde that's about 280. I want something burly in 120mm.
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Occasionally, I got 2013 lefty 29er 90mm. I should use this.
I want to build this fork on my 2010 scalpel 100 team frame.
No problem at all to use 29er fork on my scalpel 100?
Any difference between 29er 90mm 2013 lefty and 26er 100mm lefty?
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