It's hard to say. I prefer my bikes with a slightly longer top tube than the charts would indicate for my height of 5'11". I rode a XL GF SS 29" once and it was too big for me for sure...not really apples to apples. *edit - I also once rode an medium Intense Spider 29" and it was too small for me.zon said:Now I find this out. My Lg will be here UPS on Friday. Are you saying it will be too small??
I'm the only one I have to impress. No one else cares.TahoeBC said:29" bikes should be banned from racing, I mean with those larger tires it turns it essentially into a 90 mile race no?
I think you should do it on a BMX bike, now that would be impressive.
Niner RIP9 is not in the picture, for me. TNT Sultan, Tallboy or hardtail AIR9 are the three choices. Have the first, frame only, don't have the second, have the third as a complete bike, but it's not the right bike for this race this year, for me.DMFT said:I'm with I84biking to a degree.... Run what ya brung.
That said, having exp. with both versions of the RIP and a Tallboy I'd endorse the Tallboy if you have the ways & means. If you own the RIP already and $$$ is tight, stick with it, slap on light wheels/tires and run it. It is a capable bike.
- In fact, at back to back Laguna Seca 24hoa's my lap times were better on the hydro-formed, heavier new generation RIP vs. my 1st generation, flexier, lighter RIP. And it CERTAINLY wasn't from "training". CVA is efficient, just like VPP that I fell in love with long ago. Now the 3# weight savings the Tallboy offers....THAT'S another story.
+1 on the Maxxis CrossMarks. They came with my build kit and I really love the way that they hook up. I have to run them at reletively low pressures though - around 26-28psi max.Menso said:Of course I'm biased, but my Tallboy is the best bike I've ever raced, basically because it actually fits me. It pedals like a blur XC, descends like one too (that's a huge compliment), and did I mention 25.9" TT? I took it to 3rd in XC and 4th in short track (!!!) at collegiate nationals, so the tiny bit of extra weight over the BXC is definitely not holding me back.
If money is no issue, of course you want to shave off that pound+!
XXL Frame size, F100 RLC 15QR, stan's Crest rims, Karma 1.9's, Formula R1's, Hive cranks, 2x9 gripshifters, yada yada, and it comes in at 24 and change. With saner tires (Maxxis CrossMarks are my current favorite), a hair over 25.
John, I was really casting about for advice. Did you see the facebook thread?jms said:Jeez Morgan, here too? About the only place you haven't cross posted this topic is in the Women's Lounge.
I'll put it this way. If I had to bet on which one of the following Morgans is faster @ the TS 100:
The Morgan with a Tallboy.
The 195 lb [or less] Morgan with a TNT Sultan that hasn't had another beer this year until after the race.
My money would be on the "195 lb. TNT Morgan".
Here are the things I worry about regarding the TS 100 before concerning myself with the "is my current bike's suspension design as efficient as a VPP Tallboy" conundrum:
My pre-race and race nutrition plan, bike fit, wheel/tire choice, the route, the weather, fork and shock tuning, getting enough and where I'm going to sleep before the race, getting enough miles in before the race, staying healthy and being well rested ahead of the race.
After I've tidyed up those things, I might entertain the merits of a different suspension platform.
See you and the new Tallboy @ the race.