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I'm very close to buying a 2016 Felt Nine 3 from my local shop. This will be my first 29er and first carbon frame bike. They're willing to put carbon bars and seatpost on for me if I buy, and set the tires up tubeless. Any recommendations or feelings on this bike either way? It seems to have good components and such for the price. I mostly ride local trails in western lower Michigan.

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Update.. bought it shortly after posting the message above, and I love it! The shop also upgraded the derailleur to XTR for me (got lucky they were out of XT). Looking to shave a bit of weight now, seems wheelset is the low hanging fruit with it being rotating weight but its costly. any other recommendations?
 

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Just brought that same bike home two days ago although mine is a 2017. How are you liking yours? Any issues with it? The first thing I did was put on some Stans Crest wheels and that made a huge difference. Some of the oem parts look pretty low end so eventually the bar, seatpost, seat, and stem will be swapped out.
 

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I'm still loving it. Feels like a long of bang for the buck. I put Niner carbon bars on and a Next carbon seat post. Still haven't done the wheels. what'd you like about the Crest?
 

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The Crest wheels are not crazy expensive at 500ish dollars but they are significantly lighter than the oem garbage Alex wheelset. It's still a lot of additional money to dump into a new bike but it really made mine feel night and day better. Snappy feel when accelerating despite that dinner plate sized 42 cassette. Shame they can't spec a slightly better oem wheelset than the Alex on mine. The rear wheel actually had internal bearing slop and you could hear it rattle in the dropout a little bit.
 

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finally got around to replacing the wheels with Valor team carbons. This bike continues to serve me well..
 
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