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Price $1,899 List$2,150 List$2,579.00 at Competitive Cyclist$2,399.00 at Competitive Cyclist$2,100 List
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Pros Aggressive geometry, built to last, killer tiresHigh value, fun on a wide range of terrain, dialed geometrySwift climbing, sharp handling, excellent valueHigh fun-factor, rails corners, very poppyEasy-going geometry, exceptionally versatile, killer drivetrain
Cons May be overkill for riders/trails, sluggish in tight spacesPoor fork specification, less compliant frame compared to outgoing modelNot as fun on rough trails, 11-speed drivetrainNarrow range of terrain where it shines, terrible rear tire specificationHeavy, weak tire specification
Bottom Line A mean and aggressive hardtail with an appetite for high speeds.A well-rounded hardtail that blends solid value with stellar performance in most situations.A slick-climbing hardtail mountain bike that is ready for a cross country race but is happy thrashing flow trails.A very fun and versatile hardtail that is comfortable on a narrow range of terrain.A versatile bikepacking rig that has the ability to rip trails
Rating Categories Rocky Mountain Growler 50 Specialized Fuse Expert 29 Ibis DV9 NX Santa Cruz Chameleon 29 R Marin Pine Mountain 2
Fun Factor (25%)
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Specs Rocky Mountain... Specialized Fuse... Ibis DV9 NX Santa Cruz... Marin Pine...
Wheel Size 29" 29" 29" 29" 29"
Weight (w/o pedals) 31 lbs 3 oz 29 lbs 14 oz 26 lbs 8 oz 30 lbs 5 oz 33 lbs 15 oz
Frame Material Aluminum Aluminum Carbon Aluminum 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 RockShox 35 Gold RL RockShox 35 Gold RL, 130mm Fox Float Rhythm 34 Fox Rhythm 34 120mm RockShox FS 35 120mm
Wheelset WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 rims with Shimano MT400 hubs Specialized Stout Alloy SL, 29mm ID Ibis Hubs, Ibis 938 Alloy rims SRAM MTH hubs with WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 rims Alloy Doublewall rims w/ Shimano and Alloy hubs, 32mm ID
Front Tire WTB Vigilante TCS Light High Grip 2.6" Specialized Butcher Grid, Gripton, 2.6" Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.6" Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 2.3" Vee Tire Flow Snap 2.6"
Rear Tire WTB TrailBoss TCS Light Fast Rolling 2.6" Specialized Purgatory Grid, Gripton, 2.6" Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.6" Maxxis Ardent Race EXO TR 2.25" Vee Tire Co Flow Snap 2.6"
Shifters SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX 11-speed SRAM NX Eagle Shimano SLX 12-speed
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX 11-Speed SRAM NX Eagle Shimano SLX 12-speed
Crankset SRAM SX Eagle 30T SRAM NX Eagle DUB SRAM NX 30T SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB 30T 175mm FSA Grid 32T
Bottom Bracket SRAM BSA DUB SRAM DUB Threaded SRAM GXP XR SRAM DUB Threaded FSA Outboard
Cassette SRAM PG-1210 11-50T SRAM NX 11-50T SRAM PG 1130 11-42T SRAM PG 1230 11-50T Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed, 10-51T
Saddle WTB Volt Race 142 Specialized Bridge Comp WTB Silverado 142 WTB Silverado Race Marin Pine Mountain Trail
Seatpost Rocky Mountain Toonie Drop TranzX dropper 150mm travel 34.9mm diameter KS E30i Dropper Race Face Aeffect TranzX Dropper, 150mm
Handlebar Rocky Mountain AM 780mm Specialized Stout Riser 780mm Ibis 780mm Alloy Race Face Ride Marin Pine Mountain Trail Bar, 50mm rise, 780mm width
Stem Rocky Mountain 35 AM Specialized Stout Ibis Race Face Ride Marin 3D Forged Alloy
Brakes Shimano MT420 4-piston front, MT400 2-piston rear SRAM Level TRL SRAM Level SRAM Level T Shimano MT520 4-piston front/MT500 2-piston rear
Grips Rocky Mountain Lock-on Light Specialized Trail Lizard Skins Charger Evo Santa Cruz Palmdale Marin Bear Paw Locking
Warranty Five Years Lifetime Seven Years Lifetime Lifetime
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