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Long Live Long Rides
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I'm wanting to try a 29er and have found a pretty good deal on a used Ventana (2005) with a Manitou minute fork. I've been biking a long time but haven't followed the development of 29ers. If I remember correctly there were some developments involving rake, steepness, or something like that. Would a frame/fork from 2005 be a good staring place for me to experiment with big wheels?

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More experimentation and change seems to have happened in the more-than-XC department, including FS bikes. Granted, more-than-XC 29ers are a more recent advent than the 29er platform, so there was necessarily a bit of figuring out to do.
Also, boutique and smaller companies have been jumping into the market in droves, and going through their own learning curves.
Realtively quick/nimble bikes for XC riding from established companies haven't changed much if at all since production 29ers hit the market almost 10 years ago.
 
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