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Had debated a new bike this year, a lot of HT's have as low as 65 degree head tube angle which I think may be a bit to slack around here. Anyone have any input as to what theyve found to be ideal geometry
 

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Had debated a new bike this year, a lot of HT's have as low as 65 degree head tube angle which I think may be a bit to slack around here. Anyone have any input as to what theyve found to be ideal geometry
There is no one "ideal" geometry, it's more to do with personal preference and riding style (when terrain doesn't necessitate a specific type of bike).

I have both "old school" geo hardtails and very modern aggressive hardtails. I ride them both on the same trails, but my riding style changes depending on which one I'm on.

If you like a quick, nimble, snappy kind of ride characteristic, stick to an XC geo bike. If you prefer LLS and want a bruiser of a hardtail, there's plenty of those available now a days.

Most people will probably fall somewhere in the middle. I don't like to single out one generic number when having discussions about geometry, there's a lot more to it than that, but I think there are good bike designs out there with anything from a 69-65 HTA that would suit you well.
 

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There is no one "ideal" geometry, it's more to do with personal preference and riding style (when terrain doesn't necessitate a specific type of bike).

I have both "old school" geo hardtails and very modern aggressive hardtails. I ride them both on the same trails, but my riding style changes depending on which one I'm on.

If you like a quick, nimble, snappy kind of ride characteristic, stick to an XC geo bike. If you prefer LLS and want a bruiser of a hardtail, there's plenty of those available now a days.

Most people will probably fall somewhere in the middle. I don't like to single out one generic number when having discussions about geometry, there's a lot more to it than that, but I think there are good bike designs out there with anything from a 69-65 HTA that would suit you well.
Thanks, right now I'm at 69.5 HT. I had considered the Roscoe and Fuse but would rather demo each bike before I decide
 

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I think your body type and riding style is probably more important when determining geometry as opposed to the type of terrain. I've been riding longer wheel base (2018 Niner Jet 9 RDO) and slacker head tube angle (67 degrees) on a wide variety of trails for the last 4,5 years having graduated from a 2001 Specialized Stumpy hardtail.
 
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