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    • #511450

      I want to buy a hardtail trail bike. My budget is 1K. I am deciding between talon 2, san Quentin 1, and rockhopper sport.  I live in long island NY so there are no mountains. I am looking to get something in the 36t or 32t chainrings. What is your take on it?

    • #511462

      The less travel a bike has, the more it benefits from wider taller tires. For a Hardtail, I would be looking for at least 29×2.4 tires and 29×2.6 tires would be better.

      In addition, I would be looking for a Hardtail with modern progressive Trailbike geometry with something like a ~75 degree seattube angle and ~66 degree headtube angle. Bikes like the Rockhopper have old school XC geometry and narrow tires.

      Here are some modern geo Trail Hardtails that have 29×2.6 tires.

      Specialized Fuze
      Orbea Laufey
      Rocky Mountain Growler
      Salsa Timberjack/Rangefinder

      Here are some modern geo Trail Hardtails that have 29×2.4-2.5 tires.

      Norco Torrent HT
      Giant Fathom 29
      GT Zaskar LT
      Vitus Sentier
      Marin El Roy

      If I had to pick the best values, I would pick the Growler, Fathom 29, and Sentier.

    • #512133

      Thanks for the advice.  The problem is that almost all of the bikes are over $1000.

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    • #512717

      I would also look at the Merida Big Trail (this is a new model).

      Availability will/may also be an issue. I’m in Australia our local dealer (Trek) can’t get adult bikes.

      So we did a 6.5 hour drive and talked to Specialized dealer he said that he hadn’t seen a bike since March. A Giant dealer said that he’d have 2 24″ bikes in for Christmas.  So we went to a big multi shop and multi brand dealer ship and put a deposit on 3 bikes with a initial delivery date of 2 months away.




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