Count me among the dropper seat post fans. Even as I was making the purchase, and installing it on the bike, I was feeling a little silly and wasteful. But it turns out I use it A LOT.I have the Fox post that has 3 positions -- high, 1 inch drop, and 5 inch drop. They make this same post with a 4 inch drop. In hindsight, I wish I had got the 4. At the time I bought the post, I mistakenly thought the 5 would be better for me because I'm tall and have a large-framed bike. But now it's abundantly obvious to me that the amount of drop you want is not based on body or from size, but on the amount of aggression in your riding. I tend to be cautious and conservative. I don't do the hardest, steepest downhills. On the rare occasions my tires are airborne, they're only a few inches off the ground. For this conservative riding, a 4 inch drop would still be plenty out of the way, but the saddle wouldn't be so low that it couldn't be used for a quick break or to brace against your leg.
That said, I'm sure it hurt when I heard the start and saw the end of an attempt to manual some rollers at Blackhawk with cleated shoes, raised seat and bar ends.
I've never really been into 29ers. I know that's almost heresy in this crowd. I tried some back in 05'-06' and I felt like they rode like a school bus. I tried my friends 09' Niner, also felt awkward. A few weeks ago I tried a friends rental Specialized 29er FS bike and that was a mess.So I'm a little tentative about 27.5+ even since it has the same wheel diameter as a 29er. A friend really likes his Stash, so I'll give it a try. Maybe a regular-27.5"-wheeled FS bike would work. I would want a bike that climbs well, especially on technical climbs, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be happy with a head tube angle that was more slack than 68-degrees.The more I think about it, the more I think I want a bike that has the most "squish" possible, without being detrimental to the ride for Cam-Rock and Kettles. IE, I want something that's going to do more at Blue Mound and other more aggressive trails, but I also want a bike that climbs well and really climbs BETTER on those rocky climbs at BM.I'm going to keep my current bike and set it up as a singlespeed, and it will slay CR and Kettles, but when I don't have the energy for singlespeeding, I'd like the new bike to be a pleasant alternative.
You can't compare older 29rs to what's been out in past few seasons. The 2009 bike comment also has to be thrown away regarding shocks.
Quote from: imwjl on October 23, 2015, 09:32 PMYou can't compare older 29rs to what's been out in past few seasons. The 2009 bike comment also has to be thrown away regarding shocks.I realize this. The 2015 Specialized 29er I rode, I'm thinking the wheels coupled with the full suspension just made for too long a wheel base. The 2009 Niner I rode was fully rigid FWIW.
For me, once I passed 40, full suspension meant I was riding as long as a I wanted without back and other pain. Therefore I was having more fun = no brainer.