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So after the early season was spent riding my 13" Specialized rockhopper chick bike, I took a few rides around the parking lot of my LBS on the Specialized 29" frame and the GF 29" frame.

Was interested in the Cobia and the Rockhopper expert disc.

Frankly, I don't know sh it about the bikes, but my brother has a clue and he like the Cobia components a tad bit more. Thought about some less expensive ones, but utlimately, the value seemed to be there for these.

Wicked ride around Brands lot.

At the end of the day, I figured the ride around the lot wasn't going to tell me sh it.

So, I made a deal and bought the Cobia for $999.

A few days later it arrives.

Pick it up, put it on the rack and hea to stillwell.

And then, just like Noah in the Bible, the rain began.

So what do I do? ait til the rain stop?

But I'm supposed to be a badass now that I have this (all stock) 29er.

F uck it.

So yeah, the ride around the lot doesnt tell you much. There is definitely a difference. Love the downhill stuff, but to my surprise, I'm having a bit of an issue with the tight climbs through trees with roots and sh it that I thought would have been easier. Technique to lern I guess. The first climb I hit, I guess I'm still riding like I'm on my mis-fit frame and went f'ing endo. Good thing No one was watching.

So I've been out on it 5 times and have had exactly one dry day.

I'm starting to get it.
 

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i have a cobia as well- sounds like you got a good deal- congrats! keep on riding and practicing and you'll get the hang of it. what makes it hard to climb? the roots? the energy and muscle needed?

also, fyi, it's not a 29" frame; it's a 29" wheel.

enjoy!
 

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I had an 07 cobia, cracked the frame in the usual spot. Fisher replaced the frame with an 08 paragon - I'm getting used to the baby blue. The turns are definitely tighter but I've found that with even the heavy stock wheels (I have new wheels I need to switch over to at some point), I'm able to climb things that I was never able to do at a much younger age (read - before kids with more time to ride). Wet roots are never easy to climbs and if you're in those conditions consistently, you may want to swap out your tires from the stock Bonti's.
 

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Eric Z said:
i have a cobia as well- sounds like you got a good deal- congrats! keep on riding and practicing and you'll get the hang of it. what makes it hard to climb? the roots? the energy and muscle needed? enjoy!
Technique. I'm not crapping out physically. Just not getting over stuff smoothly in tight areas.

Eric Z said:
also, fyi, it's not a 29" frame; it's a 29" wheel.

enjoy!
I know, but I just keep saying it! Frame is 17.5
 

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whrdr said:
I had an 07 cobia, cracked the frame in the usual spot. Fisher replaced the frame with an 08 paragon - I'm getting used to the baby blue. The turns are definitely tighter but I've found that with even the heavy stock wheels (I have new wheels I need to switch over to at some point), I'm able to climb things that I was never able to do at a much younger age (read - before kids with more time to ride). Wet roots are never easy to climbs and if you're in those conditions consistently, you may want to swap out your tires from the stock Bonti's.
OK I'm getting used to this thing. I think I see the value of clipless as I'm platforms. Keeping the feet going helps. Getting bounced off is bad.
 
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