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Here we go again. Help me choose a new trail / all mountain bike.

Total Heckler

Beer and Bike Enthusiast
Apr 28, 2005
8,083
18
Santa Cruz, CA
Alright, since my last post a few things have changed in what I want in a new bike.

I am looking for a bike that:
-is 30lbs or lighter
-has 6-7 inches of travel
-can pedal uphill pretty well
-can descend rough stuff like a champ
-cant be super flexy for someone at 210lbs (after riding a 2011 S-Works Carbon Enduro, pretty flexy. not sure if it was just that specific bike or not)

Things that I am open to:
-Aluminum or carbon frame
-Not set on 26 inch wheels, but I would need convincing of other sizing (27.5 or 29)

Some ideas: Ibis Mojo HD (160mm), Yeti SB 66, Specialized Enduro of some kind, etc.
 

dan-o

Turbo Monkey
Jun 30, 2004
5,503
1,674
I love my nomadc.
No discernible flex under my 6'4 230# ass, pedals great on xc/trail rides and can handle shuttles when I don't want to use the v10c.
XL non-weenie build, reverb and 2.3 minions is 30#.
 

denjen

Certified Lift Whore
Sep 16, 2001
1,691
36
Richmond VA
Specialized switched to a 142x12 rear end for pretty much all of their bikes in 2012. I have 2012 Stumpjumper EVO that I have never noticed any flex in.
 

HAB

Chelsea from Seattle
Apr 28, 2007
10,666
960
Seattle
Second generation Banshee Rune. Very very tempted to buy one myself, currently riding a V1 Spitfire which is awesome. The new Rune appears to be substantially awesomer.
 

stoney

Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde
Jul 26, 2006
14,702
1,643
Colorado
My sb blows my mind regularly. Light, pedals great, descends like a dh bike. I'm bumping the front up to 6" and a shorter stem for dh, swap back to lower fork and longer stem for trail riding. I have the Al frame and I am at around 32#, with a wookie strong build.
 

VTApe

Monkey
Feb 5, 2005
196
11
Vermont
12 giant reign 2, I beat the snot out of it including lift served dh, I weigh 270lbs (6'8"). I'll be buying another in a year or two, amazing ride.
 

BikeGeek

BrewMonkey
Jul 2, 2001
4,415
62
Hershey, PA
Not sure how useful my comments are since I'm coming off of a 10 year rigid SS 29er addiction, but, like stoney, I'm blown away by my SB66. I can't believe how well it climbs.