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I thought about asking this in the "Racing" forum but wanted an answer more specific to Wisconsin.

So, what is the ideal bike for WORS racing? 29" hardtail? 26" with 4" suspension? 26" hardtail? Pugsley? (just kidding)

What are the guys (and gals) on the podium riding?

Thanks!

Tim
 

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Whatever you can pedal faster than the next guy. BTW, I know some guys that could get the job done on a Pugs as well if they chose to.
 

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I do WORS more or less to have fun i'm on a 26" FS. Thinking about trying the pugs toward the end of the year should be a blast.
 

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29er Ht

I am going to predict that this year will be 29er ht top heavy. But, yeah, the fastest guy is always the fastest no matter what size wheel.
 

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Well, hypothetically, if a guy had a couple grand and wanted to buy a race bike, what type would you buy?

I do have a Pugsley, and while I'm sure there are some people that can make them go fast for 10 miles, I'm not one of them. :nonod: Although I did go riding last week with a couple other guys, both on 26" FS, and I (on the Pugs) was quite a bit faster. But that was probably due to the wet snowy conditions.


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I've raced WORS on a fully rigid single speed for the last 8 years. Prior to that I had a huge $$$$$$$ hyper light full suspension rig that I raced. Don't think I'd ever go back to a full suspension bike for racing WORS and I'm 48 years old this year, soooooooo...it's a personal thing.
 

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Don't just get a bike aound WORS. What other type riding do you do? Is there other types of racing you want to dabble in? If I was going to buy a bike just for WORS it would be a 29er HT but I also dabble in the 12/24 hr races so I run a 26 fs and maybe a 29er fs in the future.
 

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I ride a 26" HT, but mostly just 'cause that's what I've got and I can't afford any more bikes right now. Ride whatever is fun, and train well if you want the podium. Or just sandbag :p
 

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Well, I've got a Mamba (29" hardtail) and a Fuel Ex 8 (4.7" trail bike). I guess I was wondering which one to bring.

Iola is a month and a half away, I'm going to try hard to be there.

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Malone said:
Well, I've got a Mamba (29" hardtail) and a Fuel Ex 8 (4.7" trail bike). I guess I was wondering which one to bring.

Iola is a month and a half away, I'm going to try hard to be there.

Tim
There's not a race course on the schedule that would require the Fuel Ex. Hardtail all the way including Iola.
 

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There's not a race course on the schedule that would require the Fuel Ex. Hardtail all the way including Iola.
While it surely wouldn't require FS, the new race at Cam Rock has the potential to justify it. Agreed though, HT all the way, maybe even full rigid considering the WORS courses I've seen (including Iola).
 

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I did well one year on a Giant NRS. I think for the majority of races a 2.5" to 3.5" rear wheel travel bike will serve you well if you want to go full suspension.
I had a fuel ex 8 and hated it... but to each his own - liked riding the bike pointed down but was pickles for any kind of competitive speed/climbing. I also hated the HT angle - i had a 2008 and it was set up in a manner I couldn't get used to. I think that was the shortest period of time I've ever owned a bike.
This year I am going to try out a Trek Hifi Pro. I would prefer a Jet 9 but with the Hifi, $$$$ came into play.
I would definitely try to get whatever you end up riding set up as tubeless - I can't justify any better performance, rather it is just my opinion that it is the way to go.
 

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Gona be rollin on a 2010 Superfly 100 this year. It's not even a bike, i consider it a rocket ship. Climbs like a hardtail, floats over the rough stuff and flys on the downhills. It's definitely a do it all race bike.
 
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