10 Dual Suspension 29ers: Head-to-Head

In our biggest and most complete shootout yet, we ride, review and rate 10 of the best full suspension 29ers available in SA. – By Neil Gardiner

[media-credit name=”Photo: Nick Muzik” align=”alignleft” width=”640″][/media-credit]This is the first year in which nearly all the top brands feature a 29er dual suspension bike in their line-up. For the South African market, it seems this is the format of the future, and the mid-priced models are what most of us will be riding. In our biggest review yet, we looked at several factors that can make or break the enjoyment of a good day out on a bike: anti-squat, pedal feedback, rigidity, plushness, stability and general ride quality. We paid less attention to spec issues which can easily be addressed and instead focused on the heart of the bike – the balance of frame and fork and how the package behaves on the trails. Many manufacturers design suspension that works well on the downs, so we focused on what is often a truer test of a race bike’s design – the ascents and twisty single track.

Click through all the bikes for our tester’s reviews and ratings and see our final verdict on the final page.

Giant Anthem X 29er 0 | GT Zaskar 100 9R Expert | Rocky Mountain Element 950 29″ | Momsen Dual Link 7 | Pyga Industries ONETEN29 | Scott Spark29 Elite | Silverback Mercury 29 Elite | Specialized Comp 29 | Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro | Cannondale Scalpel 29er Carbon 2 | Final Verdict

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9 Responses to 10 Dual Suspension 29ers: Head-to-Head

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    David August 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    This doesnt quite make sense, why are you comparing R20k bikes with R30k bikes? once again the bias creeps in. Compare apples with apples, and you may win some credibility.

  2. Alastair Bayliss-Lane August 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Thanks for that, when are you going to do a shoot out on the 30 to 50 grand bikes? Is below 30 000 not short cannging the 29er catagory??

    • Naude August 7, 2012 at 12:09 am #

      I agree – why not compare with the Scott Spark Expert that is in the same price class?

  3. Leon August 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Agreeing with David, do a price to price comparison or spec to spec.
    This doesn’t reflect real values. The Epic, for its price, is really a good buy, and the Supperfly is a bit to expensive – agree. Have done a test ride on a ONETEN29 myself and …WHAT A GREAT BIKE!!!
    Will definitively look at Specialized and Pyga in the future!!!

  4. Anthony August 9, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Purchased a Specialised expert carbon FSR stumpjumper. Retail pride R49k I paid R44k. Worth every cent. Bike allows you to push downhill speeds handles like a 26 thru single track. And it looks awsome. Would like to see a test session of 35 to 50 k bikes. Ant

  5. Marius Klokie March 25, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Well done Pyga,good to see that a Alu frame can kick the carbon boys backsides.South african cyclist are only to obsessed with weight and image,if you not on a carbon bike you you are not part of that elite group of people.I love Alu and will be lookin at a Pyga as my next buy.

  6. covieza March 26, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    Too everyone whining about the price. Price has nothing to do with Spec in a lot of the cases you will almost always by 10-15k more for a niche bike like rocky, niner, ellsworth, yeti than you will for the exact same spec’d giant, scott, merida,

    So stop going on about the price, the review has credibility since the components range in the same mid level groupo’s.

  7. Luis November 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Can you up date this info for 2013-14 models, if possible include the Turner Czar.

  8. Bob February 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Why didn’t you use the Scalpel 3 (the Alu version)?

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