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I ride XC, Epic rides, and some light duty freeride terrain. 3-5' drops are a regular thing as are basic doubles and some table tops. Looking for one bike to do it all and have to stay with the trek family. Is the RF ready for someone like me (5'11", 225) or should I stick with a Remedy/Scratch Air? I have LOVED every 29er wheel i've been on and ride a monstercross bike regularly on XC trails. I want big wheels but am not sure if the FR side of things is a good idea yet. Help
 

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I feel the rf is ever bit as tough as the wfo. I have dropped over 5 ft on an 08 trek ex and I bet the rumble fish is even more capable of a bike. The remedy is def an air it out bike and the scratch participates in crankworx. What's a lifetime warranty good for anyway...
 

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The Rumblefish is a pretty burly frame

I think it'll depend more on your wheelset than anything. I wouldn't do 5ft on the Bontrager hubs / rims but a stronger set would be fine. I think the frame will take that.
 

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Fishers generally have the G2 Geo working for them.
A slightly longer top tube gives better control.
I'd always stay with the Fisher collection over the shorter
trek geo just for the larger cockpit.
 

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My only worry with the Fisher would be the 28 spoke wheels, what kind of dumb idea is that? Up to this year the Duster rim was 32 spokes and outstanding for this type of riding. I have test ridden both bikes and I think either would fit your style, try to get a test ride and see what you prefer.
 

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I wish I could find a test ride

I'm working local shops for a test ride but all I'm getting is the around the block test. Really would like to have the trail opportunity but an not sure i'm going to get it. Stoked to hear that people think the RF could handle it. even the 110 out back makes me nervous but the big question for me is in feel and handling, I can always build up a beefier wheelset but if the suspension and feel of the bike won't get me there then i'm up a creek w/o a paddle.
 

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The RF definately has the Feel you are looking for, very burly, wide bars, slack angles and loads of stability. If you are willing to buy or build wheels, that would be my #1 choice.
 

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Bumping up because I am in the same boat. I have been riding a 2010 Remedy 9.8 for a year. I love the bike for sure, best bike I've ever had. But at 6'2" 230, dreams of a 29er keep me up at night.

I am looking at a 2012 Rumblefish Pro. I consider myself an aggressive trail rider. I stay on the dirt for the most part. Maybe a foot or two here and there. I climb slow and steady and let gravity do the work down hill. I tend to plow through obstacles.

I've got a line on a great deal on a Rumblefish, but local shops don't have a demo in my size. Parking lot rides feel good though.

Will I be happy with the 'fish? Has anyone ridden both? Thanks in advance!
 

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Holy dead thread batman!

Burrows I am kind of in the opposite boat as you. I am currently riding a Rumblefish and I want to switch back to small wheels and more travel such as the Remedy. From what you have described the Rumblefish sounds like more of the bike for you. I ride pretty aggressively and it has taken all of my abuse, though I am 6' and only weigh about 145lbs geared up, if that. Now I must confess I did not get to ride the Remedy on any of my home trails but I think I got a pretty good feel for it. To me the Remedy felt light quick and nimble, like I could just through it around. Extremely playful bike, which is now what I'm looking for. This was a 12' 9.8 BTW. The bike as a whole just felt more responsive. In comparison, the Rumblefish felt almost sluggish. It didn't sprint as well but I have yet to ride anything that I felt climbs as well in the technical stuff as the Rumblefish. If I'm pointed upwards it's as if I can make it over anything with minimal effort. Once started down it is suupper stable, you just point and go. This isn't to say that you can't toss it around but it takes a bit more effort then the Remedy does. I honestly think the average person would be faster on the downhill with the Rumblefish because it will pretty much just plow over anything. Just be prepared to loose some of the nimbleness.
 
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