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How tall are you? I'm 5'10 and after a few test rides found that the "27.5/650b" size works best for my riding style. Problem is, not many people make them yet (or tires).
yes for shorter people a 29'er is going to feel extra big.

for 2013 there is a boat load of 650b bikes and tires available. Every good tire manufacturer will have them... it will no longer be an issue.
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for 2013 there is a boat load of 650b bikes and tires available. Every good tire manufacturer will have them... it will no longer be an issue.
I read something along those lines in MBA this summer, but one of my local dealers recently told me that the 2013 650b stuff might not pan out. Of course, that might be because none of his brands will be going to 650b.
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I'm only 5'6". My Santa Cruz was a small frame, but if I'm honest it was a little cramped. I think I could fit on most company's medium frames just fine. While in North Carolina I split time between a Jamis 650b and a Trek 29er and the Trek felt better; granted the wheel size wasn't the only difference. Also, Santa Cruz is offering a Superlight 29er that has a lower stand over than my Superlight on 26" wheels.

Unfortunately the Santa Cruz shop I got the first bike from isn't giving me a great price on the Superlight 29er so I'm going to check out what's at the Pittsburgh shops before committing to something. Maybe a 650b wheel on an aluminum frame would be a good middle ground.
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I read something along those lines in MBA this summer, but one of my local dealers recently told me that the 2013 650b stuff might not pan out. Of course, that might be because none of his brands will be going to 650b.
yes your local dealer doesn't know what he's talking about
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I'm only 5'6". My Santa Cruz was a small frame, but if I'm honest it was a little cramped. I think I could fit on most company's medium frames just fine. While in North Carolina I split time between a Jamis 650b and a Trek 29er and the Trek felt better; granted the wheel size wasn't the only difference. Also, Santa Cruz is offering a Superlight 29er that has a lower stand over than my Superlight on 26" wheels.

Unfortunately the Santa Cruz shop I got the first bike from isn't giving me a great price on the Superlight 29er so I'm going to check out what's at the Pittsburgh shops before committing to something. Maybe a 650b wheel on an aluminum frame would be a good middle ground.
unfortunately neither Trek or Santa Cruz are bringing out 650b bikes for a while. Bike selection will be a bit limited for now plus none of those new 650b bikes will be the best deal. Sounds like a 29er superlight might actually work for you.
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here's what i've put together so far. my budget is ~$2k for a complete bike. let me know if you can think of any other options.

edit: highlighted is what i used to own. as mentioned, i feel pretty comfortable saying i'd fit fine on the superlight medium as well (row 2).
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in my mind i would really like the benefits of a larger wheel, but it looks like few frames will fit me. all of the bikes except the santa cruz have local dealers so i'm going to take some rides this weekend and see if i can get a feel for what's acceptable or not. unfortunately the season of real on trail test rides has passed...
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looks like the 29-er superlight is a good way to go. I'm not the biggest fan of big wheels as they make mountain bikes feel more like road bikes, but do feel stable and fast once up to speed.
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i love me some danny macaskill

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That's awesome. Hans Rey is a legend... I used to idolize that guy.
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I did a demo day on a Scott Spark 29er this summer and holy cow was that thing fast. For me at least, 5"11 with a 32 inseam the medium frame geometry was absolutely perfect, it was aggressive but still one of the more comfortable bikes I've ever ridden. When I go full-sus it's definitely towards the top of my list... if you haven't ridden one yet, definitely take one for a spin.

Disclaimer: I have never ridden a SC Superlight or the Jamis, but I have ridden an older Santa Cruz 26 and the Scott was far better [for me.]
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this is my second self-shot GoPro mountain bike video of one of the local trails/parks. No fancy riding, just showing off the nice scenery.. Let Vimeo load the HD version all the way before playing it.

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wow, shots are great, marcel.


freeze frame isn't working for me, do you use clipless or platforms? if platforms do you have special shoes...?
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on my trail bike I use clipless, Shimano XTR trail pedals (they have a tiny bit of platform built in).

On my dirt jumper (which I rarely ride) I use platforms, FiveTen shoes are some of the best (sticky!)
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and for my trail shoes I also use Shimano, they have some spd shoes that are bit more hiking friendly, with rubber soles. No more sliding around on those ugly hard plastic race oriented mountain bike shoes...
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