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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Total Heckler, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. Total Heckler

    Total Heckler Beer and Bike Enthusiast

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    Hey guys, since I cracked my frame on New Years, I have been searching around and narrowed my next bike down to the following:

    • Intense Carbine
    • Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon

    Intense Carbine:

    (not actual bike, this one has a much nicer component build)


    I would get it in a Large and here is the geometry:


    The build I can afford would be a lower end Shimano SLX kit with RockShocks suspension.

    Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon

    nomad.JPG

    Also be getting a Large and here is the geometry:


    This build kit would be a pretty similar Shimano SLX build with Fox suspension and Reverb seat post.

    I can get both for a very similar price and they both weigh in about the same (30-31lbs). I am going to be using the bike as an all around bike that will probably see some rough trails. Any advice or thoughts? Any other bikes you think I should look into (under 3k complete)?
     

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  2. Pesqueeb

    Pesqueeb bicycle in airplane hangar

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    Looks flexy, rootbeer.
     
  3. ALEXIS_DH

    ALEXIS_DH Tirelessly Awesome

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    santa cruz nomad.
    at the price range, you could also check the scott genius lt40 (although it comes with basic parts).
     
  4. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    I'd go SC based on my prior QA issues w/ Intense. I really recommend riding a SB66c first. It blew me away the first time I rode it. F*ing amazing.
     
  5. OGRipper

    OGRipper Turbo Monkey

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    NORCAL is the hizzle
    Nomad with a 1 degree angleset or works headset. Loved mined for all that fun shizz in SC as well as the high country stuff in the Sierras. Until it was stolen I was gonna keep that bike forever...
     
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    ALEXIS_DH Tirelessly Awesome

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    thats the biggest lie in mountain biking ever.
    i´ve told that to my wife for each of the last 3 bikes i´ve bought.
     
  7. dan-o

    dan-o Turbo Monkey

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    Love my nomadc. Great bike.
     
  8. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    Banshee Rune, once you go slack you never go back. I have a Spitfire with a 66〫HA and low BB. Rails the snot out of any corner.
     
  9. C.P.

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    'Have to agree with Stoney WRT QA/Intense. I like the Nomad, If you can add a look at the SB66 and even the '13 Banshee Rune.

    I'm wookie sized, so I'm somewhat hooked on the 29 thing, (better fit IMO)...that said, if you're inclined to throw a leg over a comparable group of 29ers, they would include: Santa Cruz Tallboy LT, Yeti SB95, and Banshee Prime. I'm sure there are others, but that's what comes to mind ATM.
     
  10. Jeremy R

    Jeremy R <b>x</b>

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    This.
    Test ride for real.
     
  11. kazlx

    kazlx Patches O'Houlihan

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    SB66c.
     
  12. Total Heckler

    Total Heckler Beer and Bike Enthusiast

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    Is it possible to get the yeti under 3k complete?
     
  13. kazlx

    kazlx Patches O'Houlihan

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    You are able to get a Carbine or Nomadc under 3k complete? I just saw a 66c on sale for ~3500ish.
     
  14. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    i still have my spooky.
     
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    boogenman Turbo Monkey

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  16. stoney

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    What he said. And you have an awesome spec on your Tomac. Did you sell it whole?
     
  17. buildyourown

    buildyourown Turbo Monkey

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    You have to ride them. I was sold on a TRc until I rode one. The sizing is odd and it puts me dead between sizes. I also decided I don't like VPP.
    I was coming off an Intense.
    Ended up getting an Ibis. I love it. HD140 w/ an Angleset
     
  18. Total Heckler

    Total Heckler Beer and Bike Enthusiast

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    Been selling parts off it to fund the new bike. Still have a Hammerschmidt, vengeance fork, wheels, tires, brakes, etc. for sale if anyone is interested.

    Leaning towards the sc at the moment.
     
  19. eric strt6

    eric strt6 Resident Curmudgeon

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    SC just based on the head angle. Better for Demo and westside trails that don't really exist....
     
  20. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    Telling you, having ridden the predecessors to both intense and SC, I was blown away by the SB. That's all I can add, but holy isht does it ride well. If I could only have one bike for all bay area riding, that would be it.
     
  21. Sandwich

    Sandwich Pig my fish!
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    it's called the ridemonkey DH forum. Though lots of the cult members have left to join rather doomed biking endeavors...

    Uh oh, now they'll be pissed...good thing they never visit the lounge...



    Back OT, those two bikes are remarkably similar. I think I'd head for the SC just based on Intense's bike schizophrenia. In two months they'll completely ditch what they're doing and opt for something totally different, and your bike will be left in the dust. The Nomad has had some time to get sorted.

    Also, I'd actually consider a banshee for the first time. The new rune looks pretty good, although you can only run it in retard slack mode. hope you never have to climb or slow down! They've also finally sorted out their bushing system by not using them, despite almost everyone else in the industry already having figured this out. Does it share the wannabe-DW leverage rate that the legend has though?
     
  22. slyfink

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    Naw we're still here. We just let the bikes do the talking! But seriously I'm loving my Mojo HD...
     
  23. kazlx

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    I'd get a Banshee in a second. I'm a believer after buying a Legend MKII.