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August 28, 2020 at 13:45 #504034
I picked these 6 Downcountry bikes because they have the most progressive geo with 74.5-76 degree seattube angles and 67.5-66 headtube angles. No bikes with XC geo! They have 100-120mm rear travel and 100-130mm front travel. All these bikes have gotten good reviews.
Specialized Epic. 100f/100r travel. 67.5 HTA. 75.5 STA. This bike has the shortest travel of all 6 bikes. Technically, the Epic is an XC bike but it has very progressive geo for an XC bike so I think it would make a fine Downcountry bike. Cheapest build $5900. Ouch!
Transiton Spur. 120f/120r travel. 66 HTA. 76 STA. This bike has the most progressive geo of all 6 bikes. Cheapest build $5000. Ouch again!
Specialied Epic Evo. 120f/110r travel. 66.5 HTA. 74.5 STA. Cheapest build $4100.
Ibis Ripley. 130f/120r travel. 66.5 HTA. 76 STA. This bike has the most travel of all 6 bikes and the 2nd most progresive geo. This bike is made for 2.6 tires. Cheapest build $4200.
Giant Trance 29. 130f/115r travel. 66.5 HTA. 74.5 STA. Cheapest carbon fiber build $3350. Cheapest aluminum build $2150. Finally, some affordable bikes! The aluminum $2150 build has very good spec for the price and I would put it on the short list for best budget Downcountry bike. However, it is probably not very light.
Kona Hei Hei. 120f/120r travel. 67.5 HTA. 75 STA. Cheapest carbon fiber build $4500. Cheapest aluminum build $2600. Also has an afordable aluminum build.
The Spur, Ripley, and Trance come with Trail tires. The Epic, Epic Evo,and Hei Hei come with XC tires and would likely benefit by switching to wider Trail tires.
I’m hoping that the Spur and Epic come out with more affordable builds soon. Maybe in the Spring?
So, which bike would you buy?
September 7, 2020 at 12:32 #504922
December 8, 2020 at 01:27 #518946
Neuron is on my list too (though it has 130mm rear travel), as the price for components is second to none.
December 11, 2020 at 11:38 #520013
I bought a Ripley, absolutely love it.
December 18, 2020 at 20:59 #526802
I don’t need a vanity term or category, just the opportunity to hit some planet!
April 9, 2021 at 07:43 #586770
I bought the Transition Spur x01 build and it’s an awesome bike! Punches way above its weight.
April 24, 2021 at 11:58 #589259
I will buy an Ibis Ripley.
May 4, 2021 at 12:36 #589505
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May 4, 2021 at 12:37 #589506
I crossed shopped all these late last year, but ended up with a bike not on my original list: SPOT Ryve 115.
Coming from an Intense Sniper (it and the Yeti SB100 were the originals) I have found it a awesome DC bike.
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