I am personally debating between the Trek (Fisher) Hi-Fi Deluxe and the Giant Anthem X2. I am 90% leaning towards the Giant, but I'm significantly smaller than you (5'11", 170) and the Hi-Fi looks burlier... Both right around 2-2.5k.
SR.****** said:Be gentle this is my first post. I have been reading a ton and really like the sounds of the tallboy but I can't justify throwing down 5k I am 6'4" but with a 32" inseam( all torso)...Right now I am 230 but hope to make it down to 200. One bike that sounds interesting is the Salsa Spearfish. I ride daily on a cross country trail for 1.5 hours...there are tons of big 5" stones. I want something comfortable that is going to be enjoyable and not beat the heck out of my back. So what 29ers should I be considering?
I'm one of those guys that has to buy his shirts in "tall" sizes. Any how the Niner size large is exactly in my ballpark.....•Large = 5'11"-6'3"/ 1.8-1.91m I was all pumped to buy the tallboy....glad I asked:thumbsup:idinomac said:I have a Salsa Big Mama frame in the Classified it's a large and I was thinking that it might be to big for a 32 inseam but then I have a 35 3/4 inseam. so yeah a 23" frame might not work becuse his handlerbars will be higher than his seat.
****** try to go test some bikes if you can becuse most people 6'4" have a 36"+ inseam
if you buy on line you might not like your bike and people that don't like thier bike fit don't ride.
The 429 is interesting.... I wish testing could be an option but the next time I will have the opportunity is November. I do have a U.S. shipping address so that issue is taken care of. Going to take a chance after listening to the wisdom here, and some more reading.skiahh said:That RIP is $3400. There is a closeout 429 for $3800.
With your dimensions, I'd suggest you find any bike your considering and at least get a parking lot ride on it to test the fit. This is a lot of money you're taking about laying out, so you want to make sure you get it right!
(Note: you'd need a US address to ship the 429, but it looks like the RIP can be shipped south of the border)
They're both great bikes. The 429 was a "Best of MTBR" for 2010 and the RIP numbers aren't that far off.SR.****** said:The 429 is interesting.... I wish testing could be an option but the next time I will have the opportunity is November. I do have a U.S. shipping address so that issue is taken care of. Going to take a chance after listening to the wisdom here, and some more reading.