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    Best Budget Trail/AM Bike Under or Around $1500?

    Looking for a FS 27.5 with 120-140mm of travel. I am considering the Giant Stance 2 because it includes remote lockout, dropper seatpost, and tubeless rims and tires. It's fork is lacking in the drivetrain with 2x9 deore compared to other bikes in the price range, but it makes up for that with the extra features. Fork is a suntour Axon 32mm, shock is a suntour Epicon R. Seems pretty good. Another bike I have looked at is the Marin Hawk Hill 1, but it doesn't have a dropper post or tubeless tires. The Marin makes up for it with a 1x10 drivetrain. Which bike of these should I get or what other FS in the price range should I get?

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    The Marin appears to have a better suspension and gets generally good reviews.
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    Your options are basically the stance, or the hawk hill... and the hawk hill is a better bike, so it kind of narrows it down.

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    Check the Diamondback Catch 1, which can be had for 1.5k esp with corp account. Its a better bike then both options listed by a long shot. Catch is 1x11 Sram NX/GX drivetrain, Rockshox Monarch and Yari suspension, wide 38id rims running Nobby Nic 2.8s etc etc...

    https://www.diamondback.com/catch-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesmokingman View Post
    Check the Diamondback Catch 1, which can be had for 1.5k esp with corp account. Its a better bike then both options listed by a long shot. Catch is 1x11 Sram NX/GX drivetrain, Rockshox Monarch and Yari suspension, wide 38id rims running Nobby Nic 2.8s etc etc...

    https://www.diamondback.com/catch-1
    That's a great deal. Do they make a non-plus bike for the same price?
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    Curveball how different is Stance from Trance? Besides the dual link rear? If Stance geo # handle like the Trance does, then it's a great bike for carving sweet track. Never ridden the Diamondback and I wonder if it rides toward the stable side or is more flick able?
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    ^^The DB bikes are still much better equipped.

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    That's a great deal. Do they make a non-plus bike for the same price?
    I guess you can look at the Clutch 1 which is basically the same bike with narrower wheels, but I'm not sure why you would want to? I'd still go for the Catch 1 its wider wheels and the 2.8 Nics. The Clutch comes with HD tires which while narrower are heavy as F which makes the Clutch about as heavy as the Catch. Both bikes are 1574 after the corp discount.

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    How does the Catch 2 have a dropper post and is still a few pounds lighter than Catch 1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noshortcuts View Post
    How does the Catch 2 have a dropper post and is still a few pounds lighter than Catch 1?
    It's in the link buy it direct from DB. Look at the component specs to infer the weight differences? The Catch 2 is much better equipped. There's half a pound difference in the cassette, the fork, then drill down to the components?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesmokingman View Post
    ^^The DB bikes are still much better equipped.



    I guess you can look at the Clutch 1 which is basically the same bike with narrower wheels, but I'm not sure why you would want to? I'd still go for the Catch 1 its wider wheels and the 2.8 Nics. The Clutch comes with HD tires which while narrower are heavy as F which makes the Clutch about as heavy as the Catch. Both bikes are 1574 after the corp discount.
    How does one get this corp discount?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdub315 View Post
    How does one get this corp discount?
    https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpo...5&postcount=54

    Codes are still working as of 4/9. I got my corp acct last year. We bought 4 Raleighs, all free shipping and no tax ftw. Don't forget to try the 5% off code.

    Also, 2017's are selling around 1500, but you want the 2018, better spec'd.

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    ^^^ Thank you! As I'm looking for a bike for the wife who is about 5'3", I may have to go with the Clutch over the Catch.

    Or this? https://www.bikenashbar.com/cycling/...e-db-cth-sm-wh

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdub315 View Post
    ^^^ Thank you! As I'm looking for a bike for the wife who is about 5'3", I may have to go with the Clutch over the Catch.

    Or this? https://www.bikenashbar.com/cycling/...e-db-cth-sm-wh
    That's a good price on that specific Clutch but... After a quick google, its a Performance Exclusive spec'd bike. It has lower equipped f+r suspension, brakes, and some other bits. Are you taxed at Nashbar? The 2018 from DB is 1500 after 5% off coupon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesmokingman View Post
    That's a good price on that specific Clutch but... After a quick google, its a Performance Exclusive spec'd bike. It has lower equipped f+r suspension, brakes, and some other bits. Are you taxed at Nashbar? The 2018 from DB is 1500 after 5% off coupon.
    Thanks for catching that. Definitely going to get one off the DB site with the discounts. I am not seeing 2018 Catch or Clutch on their site though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thesmokingman View Post
    https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpo...5&postcount=54

    Codes are still working as of 4/9. I got my corp acct last year. We bought 4 Raleighs, all free shipping and no tax ftw. Don't forget to try the 5% off code.

    Also, 2017's are selling around 1500, but you want the 2018, better spec'd.
    i see the save5 code, but what is the corp code?

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    Quote Originally Posted by regiobike View Post
    i see the save5 code, but what is the corp code?
    Go to the slickdeals link, then click on the "up to 57%" link in the upper right of the page. Then scroll up to the top. I just placed an order and both codes are still working.

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    id save up a little more and get this. the matte black one looks sic ! threaded bb too.. finally !

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