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Santa Cruz Tallboy D 29
Santa Cruz Tallboy D 29 2017
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Giant Anthem 2
Giant Anthem 2 2017
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Specialized Camber Comp 29
Specialized Camber Comp 29 2017
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Trek Fuel EX 7 29
Trek Fuel EX 7 29 2017
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Niner Jet 9 1-Star NX1
Niner Jet 9 1-Star NX1 2017
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Awards  Editors' Choice Award         
Price $2,599.00 at Competitive Cyclist$2,575 List$2,600 List$2,600 List$2,600 List
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Pros High fun-factor, super playful, rides like a longer travel bikeSuper playful, great acceleration, responsive handlingExcellent climbing skills, versatile and easy-to ride, sharp handlingVersatile, dropper postGets more confident with speed and straight lines
Cons Weak build kitSome pedal strikes, long stem, narrow barLimited technical downhill abilities, lacks a dropper postUnder-treaded tires, tall feeling bikeSlower handling, not so good in the turns
Bottom Line An excellent all-around option for a rider who wants to attack a wide range of trail types.A nimble ride that's a blast to weave through tricky lines or whip around turns.An efficient and precise cross-country minded trail bike.A more traditional feeling 29er, the Fuel EX can take on a lot of trails, but it isn't the most fun or confident ride.A great bike for straight lining speed, the Jet 9's slow steering makes hard work out of tech and turns.
Ratings by Category Santa Cruz Tallboy D 29 2017 Giant Anthem 2 2017 Specialized Camber Comp 29 2017 Trek Fuel EX 7 29 2017 Niner Jet 9 1-Star NX1 2017
Fun Factor - 35%
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Downhill - 25%
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Climbing - 25%
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Build - 15%
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Specs Santa Cruz Tallboy D 29 2017 Giant Anthem 2 2017 Specialized Camber Comp 29 2017 Trek Fuel EX 7 29 2017 Niner Jet 9 1-Star NX1 2017
Wheelsize 29" 27.5" 29" 29" 29"
Measured Weight (w/o pedals, Medium) 31 lbs 15 oz 28 lbs 2 oz 29 lbs 12 oz 31 lbs 12 oz 31 lbs 13 oz
Build D (SRAM NX 1x11) 2 (Shimano SLX 1x11) Comp (SRAM GX 2x10) 7 (Shimano SLX 2x10) 1-STAR (SRAM NX 1x11)
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