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Looking for some help finding some less mainstream rigs. I'd say 140-155 rear travel, 150-160 front, reach 470+, short offset fork only, bb height 340 min, steep seat tube 75+ degree, head tube 65-66'ish degree, prefer threaded bb but won't die over this. Would prefer DW link or VPP but still open to a well designed horst link. No single pivot. So far, my list is small. Ripmo, new Hightower, SB150 (too much bike). Also prefer a Fox 36 or Lyric, DPX2, Shimano brakes and GX drivetrain. Thanks for any help you could provide!
 

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You are fortunate, there are many bikes in that category, now you just need to pick one.

I'd head over to Backcountry in Truckee and try on some bikes for size, they have Yeti, Pivot, Transition, and Kona.

I'm partial to Guerilla Gravity.

If you need specifics, I'd start with manufacturer website, they generally provide stats and builds.

You can also peruse the numerous threads on MTBR that ask the same question as yours ;)

Good luck!
 

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But of the bikes you mentioned I just bought a Ripmo.
 

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You are fortunate, there are many bikes in that category, now you just need to pick one.

I'd head over to Backcountry in Truckee and try on some bikes for size, they have Yeti, Pivot, Transition, and Kona.

I'm partial to Guerilla Gravity.

If you need specifics, I'd start with manufacturer website, they generally provide stats and builds.

You can also peruse the numerous threads on MTBR that ask the same question as yours ;)

Good luck!
Thanks for the suggestions. I have been to all the shops up here a bunch of times and demo'd an enduro, stumpy, instinct BC, ripmo, bronson, and tracer. The Bronson was my favorite ride but doesn't fit my goal of a 29er, long reach with short offset fork. The new hightower, ripmo, and yetis do have that geometry. Just looking for some others but they're hard to find. I'll check out GG. The ripmo was good but the Bronson felt so much better to me. More supple and planted. Just need a 29er Bronson and the 2020 Hightower just might be it. They just aren't easily available yet. Bummer!
 

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Evil Offering

But of the bikes you mentioned I just bought a Ripmo.
Thanks! I'll look into the Evil a bit more. I have a place to demo one too. I demo'd the Ripmo and did love it but hoping for something a bit more plush in the rear. For overall one-bike solution, I could see how a lot of people like the Ripmo though.
 

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Looking for some help finding some less mainstream rigs. I'd say 140-155 rear travel, 150-160 front, reach 470+, short offset fork only, bb height 340 min, steep seat tube 75+ degree, head tube 65-66'ish degree, prefer threaded bb but won't die over this. Would prefer DW link or VPP but still open to a well designed horst link. No single pivot. So far, my list is small. Ripmo, new Hightower, SB150 (too much bike). Also prefer a Fox 36 or Lyric, DPX2, Shimano brakes and GX drivetrain. Thanks for any help you could provide!
Could you be more specific?
 

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Thanks! I'll look into the Evil a bit more. I have a place to demo one too. I demo'd the Ripmo and did love it but hoping for something a bit more plush in the rear. For overall one-bike solution, I could see how a lot of people like the Ripmo though.
The Offering doesn't fit in your requirements, 51mm offset fork and only a single pivot (Delta is prolly the best suspension design I have ever ridden)
 

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Thanks! I'll look into the Evil a bit more. I have a place to demo one too. I demo'd the Ripmo and did love it but hoping for something a bit more plush in the rear. For overall one-bike solution, I could see how a lot of people like the Ripmo though.
I don't consider the Ripmo to be a one bike solution. But this coming from a rider with SS HT and Specialized Epic that I consider "Plush". For me a 1 bike solution would be Ripley. The Rimpo is my big gnar bike as it simply can't climb like my SS HT or my Epic, but it really can't be expected to. I bought the Ripmo to complement the other bikes and rider bigger terrain, but not climb so poorly that it frustrates me. Now the bike could be one bike solution as it handles very well even in tight flat twisty stuff. It just climbing low to mid grade smoother climbs where you can tell it does not accelerate like my Epic does. On really steep climbs where traction is a premium the bike just claws is way up with no front end wander or rear tire slip. Of course on moderate DH chunk I have work the Epic to be fast moving and picking lines. On the Ripmo while it can pick lines it often easier to fly right through and not worry about it. Again this not because I have to, but because I can as the bike is so stable through that stuff.
 

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Sure. Can't have a teal bike. Haha!
I happen to really like color of my Ripmo. My other bikes are black matte, white or gray and the Ripmo just pops.

I did not want another black matte bike. But I do know guys who will only buy black bikes.

Bicycle tire Bicycle wheel Bicycle frame Bicycle wheel rim Bicycle fork
 

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I agree, that Ripmo color is sweet in person. I actually passed on 2 bikes because of the super matte colors, 27.5 Process and Bronson. They look cool at first but then hammered after 3 months of heavy use!
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I have been to all the shops up here a bunch of times and demo'd an enduro, stumpy, instinct BC, ripmo, bronson, and tracer. The Bronson was my favorite ride but doesn't fit my goal of a 29er, long reach with short offset fork.
Why do you have a goal that is based on bike stats rather than your own feelings when riding? You rode multiple bikes that fit the numbers you are chasing (including the Ripmo, which is probably currently the reference bike of the category) and liked a different bike better. Why chase a goal that's about anything other than what it feels like when riding?
 

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Why do you have a goal that is based on bike stats rather than your own feelings when riding? You rode multiple bikes that fit the numbers you are chasing (including the Ripmo, which is probably currently the reference bike of the category) and liked a different bike better. Why chase a goal that's about anything other than what it feels like when riding?
Well said.
 

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Why do you have a goal that is based on bike stats rather than your own feelings when riding? You rode multiple bikes that fit the numbers you are chasing (including the Ripmo, which is probably currently the reference bike of the category) and liked a different bike better. Why chase a goal that's about anything other than what it feels like when riding?
I liked the long reach and steering feel of the latest geo (Ripmo) but the ride of the Bronson. The 2020 Hightower should combine the latest geo with the Bronson ride. I'm just curious if there's others like this since the Hightower alloy is what I'm after and it's not available yet.
 

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I liked the long reach and steering feel of the latest geo (Ripmo) but the ride of the Bronson. The 2020 Hightower should combine the latest geo with the Bronson ride. I'm just curious if there's others like this since the Hightower alloy is what I'm after and it's not available yet.
I doubt there will be an alloy hightower. Probably just the carbon C and CC. I don't think SC has done alloy frames for a while now. At least, I couldn't find any alloy models when I was looking at their bikes last year.
 
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