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    Intense Spider 275A vs 275C vs 5010A

    I need some input on 3 bikes I am currently looking at as my first full suspension trail bike, coming from a 26" 2005 Rocky Mountain Vertex 50.

    All 3 bikes I am looking a are within $600frm each other:

    1 - 2017 Intense Spider 275 carbon Expert build; SPIDER 275C | Intense Cycles

    2 - 2015 Intense Spider 275 aluminium custom build with: Fox 34 Factory Kashima coat, X-fusion Stage shock, American Classic Terrain tubeless wheel sets, Shimano SLX 1x11 group set with an XT rear derailleur, a Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper, generic handle bar and stem.

    3 - 2018 Santa Cruz 5010 aluminium custom build with: Fox 34 Factory Kashima coat, Fox DPS shock, American Classic Terrain tubeless wheel sets, Shimano SLX 1x11 group set with an XT rear derailleur, a Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper, generic handle bar and stem.


    The lest expensive is the 2017 Intense Spider 275C expert build and the most expensive is the 2018 Santa Cruz 5010A.

    I prefer the warranty of the Santa Cruz (life on both the frame and pivot bearings, but the 275C has better overall components except for the fork (I think), but the carbon frame scares me versus the aluminium one.

    I don't race, I am not a weight weenie, I don't like the Sram stuff, I just go out on the local trails to enjoy myself with my friends and/or my 10 y.o. daughter.

    I would like some input on the pros/cons of the components and frame material of the 3 builds above to help narrow down my choice.


    Thank you

    Denis

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    The new carbon 2017 spider is cheaper than the 2015 Aluminum? I've got a Spider, and would definitely jump on the Carbon if it's priced well.

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    I say go for the carbon, the parts are decent enough anyways

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    Thanks for the inputs.

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    Spider Expert 275C. Art's is blowing them out right now for $2999 - Intense Spider Expert 275C Black/Gold

    Full XT, LEV dropper, Thomson Stem, Renthal bars.. its really hard to beat that deal. The only thing I would do is spend another $800-$1000 on a carbon wheelset, something with internal diameter of 29mm-35mm. You'd have a killer bike right there for around $4000.
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    The carbon spider is an astounding deal and the most lively, fun bike I know of. It handles so we'll people are pushing them way beyond what's typical for the category and I've yet to see a carbon spider break. I recently bought a pro build and am well pleased!

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    Fyi upgrading to the pro build gets you a lighter frame, and fox suspension. Also sram build kit (more preference than anything but it's lighter) and better wheels (main difference is ratchet hubs vs pawl). If you aren't super concerned about weight there is nothing wrong with the foundation build.

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