4", 5", or 6"?

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by newbie04, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. newbie04

    newbie04 New Member

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    Hello!

    I'm looking for a new mtb bike that can bomb rough singletrack, climb well, and handle rough trailriding. I don't ever really encounter anything beyond five foot drops (currently, I gingerly go around them). The singletrack here gets pretty squirly and tight. And the climbing can be challenging if I decide to take the right trails.

    So- I'm trying to decide between 4, 5, and 6 inch suspension systems. Kind of narrowed it down to the giant trance (4"), rocky mountain slayer (5"), and giant reign (6). I was committed on the Reign before I went into the store and found that the bike was pretty surly and beefy, atleast much more than I thought. While this might not be very indicative of its climbing potential, I'm not completely certain I need that much beef for what I'm doing.

    And then I moved on to the Trance. I am really sold on the bike, but I'm not entirely sure that four inches is enough to huck a five foot drops. I think it can handle some pretty rough singletrack and I've heard it's also quite a climber.
    I'm not too keen on the Slayer, as of now. I can get a much better deal on the Trance, and I'm not sure how much the extra inch will actually help- Please correct me if i'm wrong.

    FINALLY: my question. Can the Trance (4") handle drops up to five feet? Can you expect it to hold up on agressive singletrack? And how much should I be considering the Reign and Slayer?

    Sorry for the long post. THANKS for the help!
     
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  2. torrent1

    torrent1 New Member

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    I'd focus more on the something around 5". If your riding more single track and climbing 6" is more than you need.... go with 5" and fosus on your form when doing the drops and you should be fine. 6" is for the riders who take chair lifts, not climb -this is coming from some one who rides both.
     
  3. trekrider4315

    trekrider4315 New Member

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    I personally would stick with 5. Thats what Im running right now and it stays nice and tight on singletrack and climbs but can bomb some drops if need be.
     
  4. konaman132

    konaman132 New Member

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    I have a friend that owns a Kona Coiler and loves it. And he does the same stuff that you described.

    Just something to think about.

    Good luck with your choice!

    This is the link for the 2006 model.

    www.konaworld.com/2k6/preview/coiler_2k6.htm
     
  5. moparchris

    moparchris New Member

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    oh yeah a coiler is going to be mint for trail riding, wait.. no its a piece of shit for anything.

    im getting a trance (4") and will be doing prettymuch everything on it. i work for a shop that sells giant and the rep that comes in is huuge, probly 6'2" roughly and probably weighs 110-120kg or something and he rides a trance 1 and you should see him ride he smashes it around, does any jumps he possibly can and the bikes fine for him.

    if you dont want a bike specifically for anything then i think 4" is fine, if your going to thrash it around a bit more and do more jumps and whatever else maybe the reign or something in between.
     
  6. konaman132

    konaman132 New Member

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    Sombody needs to relax!
     
  7. triguy98

    triguy98 New Member

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    What did people do before big suspension? I remember easily taking 3-4 foot drops as a beginner on a FULL RIGID bike. All travel does is cover up you mistakes on the small stuff and allow you to go 10-20 foot drops. If there's lots of climbing in your future, look for a 4" or a 5" SVP. 6" is excessive and 5" is getting there for single track.
     
  8. overdbar

    overdbar New Member

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    Reign..
    Reign..
    Reign..
    Reign!
     
  9. REVO

    REVO New Member

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    Hiya newbie 04, i know how you feel, a bit confused with so much choice.

    i too am a noobie keen to get into mtb'ing, lately i've been doing some serious research into bikes that fit your description. The reign 2 had me sold but i had to keep an open mind. I've read many reviews on the reign and most give two thumbs up. The only thing that worried me about the reigns and trance for that matter is where the bottom attachment point for the shock is ..in a web thats part of the frame work near the bottom bracket..just my $o.o2 worth

    REVO
     
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