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Getting back into biking after a 10 year layoff. Currently riding a 97 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo that I bought in 97 and rode hard for about 3 years. Pulled it out of retirement and have logged about 80 miles since the beignning of June. Riding mostly single and double track with rocky areas, roots, log overs, climbs up to about a mile long. Looking to upgrade as the GF is gretting pretty beat up. Am thinking about a full suspension or a hardtail 29er. Have done some research on FS vs 29er. Looking for some clydesdale opinions on 26FS vs. 29er. I'm 6'2" 265 lbs.

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2011 Specialized Camber 29er They look amazing and i really want one lol
 

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My vote is for the 29er with front suspension, amazing how they roll through the rocks and roots. Made a huge difference in my riding.
 

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I'm assuming a FS 29er is beyond the budget from the choices you have narrowed things down to? If so, you can get a lot of HT 29er for about what you would spend on a lower-end FS 26" so I say HT 29er. Now, go shopping.
 

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29er Hardtail vs. 26er Full Suspension

Lots of factors; budget, application, riding style. Everything is a compromise. The best full-squish 29er's that I've ridden were the ones that didn't feel like 29er's (by virtue of good geometry and high-end, lightweight wheelsets).
 

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Thanks for the replies. Been doing a bunch of research and looking at bikes. Going to check out a race this weekend, hoping there'll be some vendors with demo bikes.
 

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See if you can find a shop with some decent rentals. I have a 29er HT and just recently rented an Enduro for a half day just for fun.
By riding it on my local trail, I was able to quickly see the differences, pros/cons etc.
I was left with the impression that the climbing ability of my HT 29er was more beneficial for me than the 26fs cushy ride down, but I can see where a more XC style 26fs with a lock out rear would be a lot of fun too.
When I have some more money to burn, I could easily see myself having one of each, but for now a 29er HT is a great all arounder.
 

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mazey said:
Went with a Motobecane Fantome Pro 29er. Delivery scheduled for 7/27. Can't wait.
:thumbsup: Have fun!
 
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