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Deciding that I want my next bike to be a Horst link 29er with 130-160 travel.

Number one on my list is the transition sentinel alloy, built up GX with the Fox 36.

What other brands have a good Horst link bike? So far I’ve found
1. Scott
2. Trek
3. Canyon
4. Rocky
Any other notable mentions? And does anyone have any experience with any of these bikes. Looking for this one to be my backcountry heavy hitter/ local enduro race bike.


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Found the NS snabb 150 today, really stylish bike. But I haven’t really heard anything in terms of reliability, squeaks, etc about NS

Also the Norco range A1 seems like a damn good deal, and solid bike


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I was gonna start a thread but was dreading it so I'll ask here. New Stumpy or Fuel EX ( 29er)? Thanks in advance..CF.
Now that Specialized has finally thrown in the towel on their proprietary suspension crap and has gone back to a threaded BB shell, I'd go with the Specialized. You can run any shock you want on it now. The regular Stump has a bit more travel than the Trek EX, and the Stumpy ST has just a bit less.

A couple months back I demo'd the Stumpy ST, the Trek EX, and the Giant Trance 29. I liked the ride and fit of the Stumpy ST over the Trek, but in the end I went with the Trance.
The Trance was a better climbing rig with less bob in full open, and seemed more plush on the small to medium sized stuff even though on paper it has less travel. The Stumpy was a very nice trail rig that handled great.

That being said, all three bikes are far and away above what was available just a few short years ago and I would have been thrilled to have any of them over my older hardtail or Specialized Epic Comp for a trail bike.
 

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Now that Specialized has finally thrown in the towel on their proprietary suspension crap and has gone back to a threaded BB shell, I'd go with the Specialized. You can run any shock you want on it now. The regular Stump has a bit more travel than the Trek EX, and the Stumpy ST has just a bit less.

A couple months back I demo'd the Stumpy ST, the Trek EX, and the Giant Trance 29. I liked the ride and fit of the Stumpy ST over the Trek, but in the end I went with the Trance.
The Trance was a better climbing rig with less bob in full open, and seemed more plush on the small to medium sized stuff even though on paper it has less travel. The Stumpy was a very nice trail rig that handled great.

That being said, all three bikes are far and away above what was available just a few short years ago and I would have been thrilled to have any of them over my older hardtail or Specialized Epic Comp for a trail bike.
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If you can hold off for a bit the new Specialized Enduro should be out in a month or two, should be an absolute beast.

In the mean time and at the risk of sounding like a broken record in these forums, the Stumpy Evo has been a total game changer for me. Not to mention if you were interested in the Sentinel the Evo geo is very similar but from what I’ve heard pedals much better. Downside is the limited sizing but as long as you’re no taller than 6’2” you should be good. I’m 5’10” and the S3 with the seat slammed forward feels spot on.
Many are racing it and tweeking the shock to get extra travel out back and/or are going with longer forks. I’m actually very happy with the stock travel and geo in high mode as it kills as an everyday aggressive trail weapon.
 

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Another vote for the GG Smash or Trail Pistol (in Pistola fashion). Great bikes, great company and you can build up however you want.
This. Guerrilla gravity is a company that should be supported. They are the new Turner bikes.
 

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I'm leaning towards an alloy bike, I have my own beliefs about the recyclability of carbon and the necessity of it in the bicycle industry. I know myself isn't going to make a difference depriving myself of carbon but alloy bikes will be first up on the list. Another attractive thing about the sentinel and other bikes. Also the GG headsets look goofy to me

But I do think their build up options are brilliant and that more companies should do that. A lot of bikes I won't look at because they won't be specd with Shimano's new drivetrain.

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I'm leaning towards an alloy bike, I have my own beliefs about the recyclability of carbon and the necessity of it in the bicycle industry.k
Looked into Commencal? They aren't Horst links, but they stopped using carbon in their products.

From their website:
Commencal said:
2012 is also the year of decisions, notably "no carbon." Without dwelling on the subject and without denigrating anyone, we believe this material is difficult and dangerous to implement and is not currently processed within an acceptable environment for workers in China and elsewhere. In addition, producing non-recyclable and impact-shy frames (in an ever increasing eco world) when we're trying to makes thing cleaner and greener seems inappropriate. Inevitably, all this is just to save a few grams. For sure, we go against the norm and we may miss out on some sales but we expect it.
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I'm leaning towards an alloy bike, I have my own beliefs about the recyclability of carbon and the necessity of it in the bicycle industry. I know myself isn't going to make a difference depriving myself of carbon but alloy bikes will be first up on the list. Another attractive thing about the sentinel and other bikes. Also the GG headsets look goofy to me

But I do think their build up options are brilliant and that more companies should do that. A lot of bikes I won't look at because they won't be specd with Shimano's new drivetrain.

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Any particular reason? I was pretty much the same as you but have to say that the GG carbon is freaking stellar. I had never planned to go with a carbon bike and was deadset on getting an alloy GG at the beginning of the year. Then they went and changed things up! After riding it for the last couple months it has been nothing but a stellar bike. Love the feel, how burly it is, and how it just begs me to go faster and faster on the dh.

Main issue you will run into is the lead time for the frames. I put in my order a week after release and it took almost 12wks to get my bike. Lead time at that point was 4-6wks according to their website but talking with them about it, they said they expected an influx of orders but were hit with an absolute tsunami.
 

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Looked into Commencal? They aren't Horst links, but they stopped using carbon in their products.

From their website:

https://www.commencalusa.com/?Currency=USD
I currently have a Commencal meta am4 and really enjoy it, especially for the price. It has a couple squeaks though and is decently flexible. I probably would get another but I want to try a couple other brands. I'll keep my meta though for friends family etc..

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Couple of things, carbon is nice from one perspective, repairability. It's possible to repair a carbon break fairly easily on a non-complex surface (tube) and the repair often ends up stronger than the original at a slightly heavier weight.

Next, why a horst-link? Kinematics have proven that a seatstay pivot does not give up anything to a chainstay pivot (horst link) and can usually give slightly better kinematic performance (not so much of a falling AS curve), a stiffer rear end (without a pivot on the swingarm between the main pivot and the wheel) and arguably better brake characteristics (a slight amount of squat is beneficial for keeping the rear end from rising up down steep chutes and terrain).

There are lots of good bikes to choose from and even a good number of decent horst links these days, but why predicate it on that?
 
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