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Which one is better for climbing? I have narrowed my choice down to these two bikes, but since there is some XC around where I live, I am wondering which would be better suited for the trail. I know the 4 inches of travel won't be a big deal for me, because I only weigh 130 pounds.
 

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the coiler doesnt climb that great.

the howler is lighter and has less travel. probably would climb better too.
 

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Coiler w/ an air shock

The howler has a short seat tube, and a very low BB (made for 4x racing)... would suck for climbing. The Colier has a higher BB and a "normal" length seat tube... If you want to build a bike for climbing just get a Dawg w/ a coil shock. Still pretty beefy, 5" and fairly light...
 

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I have a Howler..

I quickly discovered you can only run one front ring.. I went with a 34T. So anything gnarly steep and you are going to have to get out of the saddle. In addition you've got to raise the seat way up to stay seated and spin.

If you are looking for an AM setup, I'd go with the Coiler. The Howler is a 4x/DJ type frame..
 

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I have an '05 Coiler and I ride it everywhere except the high mountain rides. At ~36 lbs it climbs well, but I have no desire to climb 5k' or more on it :eek:
For most XC it's great though and I'd rather have the 6" of travel for the downhills :thumbsup:
 
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