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Price $2,399 List$2,150 List$1,899 List$2,579 List$2,100 List
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Pros High fun-factor, rails corners, very poppyHigh value, fun on a wide range of terrain, dialed geometryAggressive geometry, built to last, killer tiresSwift climbing, sharp handling, excellent valueEasy-going geometry, exceptionally versatile, killer drivetrain
Cons Narrow range of terrain where it shines, terrible rear tire specificationPoor fork specification, less compliant frame compared to outgoing modelMay be overkill for riders/trails, sluggish in tight spacesNot as fun on rough trails, 11-speed drivetrainHeavy, weak tire specification
Bottom Line A very fun and versatile hardtail that is comfortable on a narrow range of terrainA well-rounded hardtail that blends solid value with stellar performance in most situationsA mean and aggressive hardtail with an appetite for high speedsA slick-climbing hardtail mountain bike that is ready for a cross country race but is happy thrashing flow trailsA versatile bikepacking rig that has the ability to rip trails
Rating Categories Santa Cruz Chameleon 29 R Specialized Fuse Expert 29 Rocky Mountain Growler 50 Ibis DV9 NX Marin Pine Mountain 2
Fun Factor (25%)
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8
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7
Downhill (30%)
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Climbing (30%)
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Build (15%)
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Specs Santa Cruz... Specialized Fuse... Rocky Mountain... Ibis DV9 NX Marin Pine...
Wheel Size 29" 29" 29" 29" 29"
Weight (w/o pedals) 30 lbs 5 oz 29 lbs 14 oz 31 lbs 3 oz 26 lbs 8 oz 33 lbs 15 oz
Frame Material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Carbon Steel
Frame Size Tested Large Large Large Large Large
Available Sizes S, M, L, XL XS, S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL
Fork Fox Rhythm 34 120mm RockShox 35 Gold RL, 130mm RockShox 35 Gold RL Fox Float Rhythm 34 RockShox FS 35 120mm
Wheelset SRAM MTH hubs with WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 rims Specialized Stout Alloy SL, 29mm ID WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 rims with Shimano MT400 hubs Ibis Hubs, Ibis 938 Alloy rims Alloy Doublewall rims w/ Shimano and Alloy hubs, 32mm ID
Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 2.3" Specialized Butcher Grid, Gripton, 2.6" WTB Vigilante TCS Light High Grip 2.6" Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.6" Vee Tire Flow Snap 2.6"
Rear Tire Maxxis Ardent Race EXO TR 2.25" Specialized Purgatory Grid, Gripton, 2.6" WTB TrailBoss TCS Light Fast Rolling 2.6" Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.6" Vee Tire Co Flow Snap 2.6"
Shifters SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX 11-speed Shimano SLX 12-speed
Rear Derailleur SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX Eagle SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed SRAM NX 11-Speed Shimano SLX 12-speed
Crankset SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB 30T 175mm SRAM NX Eagle DUB SRAM SX Eagle 30T SRAM NX 30T FSA Grid 32T
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB Threaded SRAM DUB Threaded SRAM BSA DUB SRAM GXP XR FSA Outboard
Cassette SRAM PG 1230 11-50T SRAM NX 11-50T SRAM PG-1210 11-50T SRAM PG 1130 11-42T Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed, 10-51T
Saddle WTB Silverado Race Specialized Bridge Comp WTB Volt Race 142 WTB Silverado 142 Marin Pine Mountain Trail
Seatpost Race Face Aeffect TranzX dropper 150mm travel 34.9mm diameter Rocky Mountain Toonie Drop KS E30i Dropper TranzX Dropper, 150mm
Handlebar Race Face Ride Specialized Stout Riser 780mm Rocky Mountain AM 780mm Ibis 780mm Alloy Marin Pine Mountain Trail Bar, 50mm rise, 780mm width
Stem Race Face Ride Specialized Stout Rocky Mountain 35 AM Ibis Marin 3D Forged Alloy
Brakes SRAM Level T SRAM Level TRL Shimano MT420 4-piston front, MT400 2-piston rear SRAM Level Shimano MT520 4-piston front/MT500 2-piston rear
Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale Specialized Trail Rocky Mountain Lock-on Light Lizard Skins Charger Evo Marin Bear Paw Locking
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Five Years Seven Years Lifetime
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