Wstromlinus

Help choosing my new hardtail!

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Wstromlinus

Hey guys! 

I would really appreciate if you could take the time to help me to decide what my next hardtail is going to be.
I have a really hard time deciding what type of bike I want.

I ride mostly trails and where I live we don't have any "real" trailsystem, so often I try to find like a jogging track that you can ride on. Some climbing but not so much. I'm not that picky on drivesystem but I think that I would like 1x or 2x. Just for simplicity and maintenance.

Things like dropper post, suspension lockout would be nice. But I understand that dropper post is most common on pretty expressive bikes so I'm not really to picky about that. I think that I want a 29er, I have rode both 29 and 27.5 and I like them both so. 

When it comes to brand I really don't have a favorite. Just looking for availability in Sweden, where I live now. Brands like Orange,Nukeproof and Diamondback are hard brands to get a hand of. And some brand I have seen are pretty pricey if you look at the specs that you get for the money.

Bikes that I have like got interested in are:

Giant Talon

Trek Roscoe

Trek X-Caliber

Canyon Grand Canyon

Scott Scale 

Gt Avalanche/Zaskar

Or if you have better suggestions. I should point out that it's much easier to get a canyon,Scott or Trek in Sweden!

My budget is about 1300usd +/- would like to stay close to 10000 Swedish crowns.

I would really appreciate if you could take the time to help me decide!
 

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SickBiker

Seems like you need a playful bike, so don't go for a Cross Country bike like Canyon Grand Canyon, Scott Scale or GT Zaskar. The Giant Talon will have less XC geometry, but it is the Trek Roscoe, that's been designed to deliver a lot of fun on the trails and It's got the dropper post. In  terms of the wheel size, if you like both 29er and the 650B, I would suggest the 650B - it will be more agile, stiffer and lighter. So for me - by far the Trek Roscoe. 

 

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2 hours ago, SickBiker said:

Seems like you need a playful bike, so don't go for a Cross Country bike like Canyon Grand Canyon, Scott Scale or GT Zaskar. The Giant Talon will have less XC geometry, but it is the Trek Roscoe, that's been designed to deliver a lot of fun on the trails and It's got the dropper post. In  terms of the wheel size, if you like both 29er and the 650B, I would suggest the 650B - it will be more agile, stiffer and lighter. So for me - by far the Trek Roscoe. 

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to help me :)

Yes a "playful bike" is what I'm looking for, and I really like the "geometry" and the looks of the roscoe and I think that I want a bike that looks just like that one. When I look at pictures the Canyon looks more like an xc bike. But I really like the bike for the price and the parts that the bike is equipped with. And with a 1x it looks like all I need!

 

Thanks again for taking the time to help me ! :)

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Wstromlinus

I have decided that I want a bike with geo just like the Trek Roscoe. I really like the geo and the "stance"

I think, what I'm looking for is a "playful" bike that I can jump around with. But that also can take me up hill a bit. 
When I look at the pictures of the Canyon. It has a true XC geo from the look of it. And I think that I want a bike that has a little more slack!

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