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    FS MTB Shopping help

    I am in the middle of a search for my first full suspension bike. I am so overwhelmed with all of the options and things to consider. Currently only have a crappy entry level hard tail.

    I'm setting my budget in the 2k-3k range. I am looking for a bike in the low-mid travel area (130-140). I don't want to do the direct to consumer option although there are some sweet bike that route.

    Any advice on bikes to help me with my decision.? So many different options and a problem is the stores can get then but seldom have the right size in stock to test....

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    Best option is asking around locally when there will be some demo's or if they have a demo program (rental $$$ goes towards a new bike). When you spend that much, worth getting your leg over the saddle.

    And don't get rid of the cheap hardtail. I threw a $40 rigid steel fork on my old 29er, and it's a blast to ride for exercise and trail. Never underestimate how humbling of an experience it is to ride trails you normally kill on a rigid hardtail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watts888 View Post
    Best option is asking around locally when there will be some demo's or if they have a demo program (rental $$$ goes towards a new bike). When you spend that much, worth getting your leg over the saddle.

    And don't get rid of the cheap hardtail. I threw a $40 rigid steel fork on my old 29er, and it's a blast to ride for exercise and trail. Never underestimate how humbling of an experience it is to ride trails you normally kill on a rigid hardtail.
    Thanks for the advice

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    Giant Trance - great value, proven design, good warranty and a strong dealer network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dabears32 View Post
    I am in the middle of a search for my first full suspension bike. I am so overwhelmed with all of the options and things to consider. Currently only have a crappy entry level hard tail.

    I'm setting my budget in the 2k-3k range. I am looking for a bike in the low-mid travel area (130-140). I don't want to do the direct to consumer option although there are some sweet bike that route.

    Any advice on bikes to help me with my decision.? So many different options and a problem is the stores can get then but seldom have the right size in stock to test....
    I think I have the solution for you 

    Iím not sure if you've ridden a full suspension yet, but going from a hardtail to a full suspension is a night and day difference. No matter what other people say, you donít know until youíve tried one yourself and you can attest to it. There is so much difference in both the climbing and descents when you have the rear suspension to keep that back wheel planted on the ground while climbing as well as to absorb the impacts on the downhill.

    I have a custom Diamondback 5C for sale right now that would fit the bill. This is a custom version of Diamondbackís highest end model bike (similar to say the trance 1 advanced or trance o, Iím not sure what giant uses anymore). Itís a full suspension, carbon 27.5er with a 150mm fork and a 130mm shock that are the highest spec for Rockshox, so it is quite a trail weapon. You can use it for cross country all the way to taking it out to MOAB and shredding everything in between. Itís not a single pivot design, but level link, similar to Santa Cruzís VPP which means you get very little pedal bob. Iím not hating on Giant, but there is a lot tied up in profit for both (and most) bike companies ie: you are paying more money for the name and not getting the best components. With Diamondback, they are really giving you the best bang for your buck.

    Iím asking $2999 plus shipping for my bike and I just want to say that you should do your research before pulling the trigger on a FS bike! Go to your local bike store that sells Giant/ Norco/ etc. and try one of each model out (anthem, trance, reign, etc.) in this pricepoint ($2500-$3000) and see for yourself how much you will be paying and what you will get and compare it to my release 5C and you will be amazed the value you are getting for the price. You wonít know exactly what youíre getting component wise- but I tried this out before I bought. I went to my local bike shop and test rode multiple models of their Giant bikes to compare to the diamondback and the only thing they have on the diamondback is that they felt a little bit lighter. With the diamondback, youíre getting much better all around components as well as a carbon fiber frame, which in itself is a huge upgrade. If youíre serious into mountain biking, youíll be thankful to get the best thing you can for your money so you donít have the urge to upgrade your bike early on.

    Spend some time on this and let me know as Iím eager to help a fellow rider out as well as get this bike off my hands for another build 

    P.S. Hereís my pinkbike listing if you want to check it out. I have it listed currently: https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2358401/

    The bike is all set up and ready to ride for the season, so think about it and let me know! Thanks bro 

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