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    29er Hardtail for around $2,000!!! Any suggestions?


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    Size? If you're looking for a Large I'd look at this, with the $250 off coupon going on right now that puts it roughly around $2450 that's close right .

    Sette Razzo SC X0 10 Speed 29er Carbon Bike 19" Demo | Sette | Brand | www.PricePoint.com

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    are you capable of building or getting a bike built or do you have to buy a complete bike? I have a canfield brothers yelli screamy and it's the shiznit and i've yet to see a bad review on it or any of the other slack headangle/short chainstay 29ers such as the canfield nimble 9 or kona honzo which actually is only 1899. KONAWORLD

    canfield only sells frames not completes

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    You will not be disappointed by a Sette Razzo, really good bike. Frankly you'd be hard pressed to get the components for that much that are hanging on it.
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    +1 on the Honzo, but it depends what you are looking for. I just built up a Kona Honzo and LOVE it. If you are looking for a bike to race on XC type terrain then look elsewhere, but if you want a bike that will make your trails more fun and give you confidence both on tecy uphill or on downhill then look no further than a Honzo (or I am sure a similar slack, short CS hardtail like the Nimble 9 mentioned above. If you are worried about the single ring and or dont have a steel vs aluminum preference you can also check out the Kona Taro (aluminum version of Honzo). You would have enough left over for a Hammerschidt which I think complements the bike excellently.

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    Also for $1750 you can get the Razzo x9, still a sub-25lbs carbon wonder bike.
    Sette Razzo SC X9 V2 10s 29er Carbon Bike - Gloss Black with Crimson Red | Sette | Brand | www.PricePoint.com

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    I just did this a few months ago. I thought I would spend no more than $2400 and the LBS gave me a smokin deal on a Cannondale F29 Carbon 3. Was seriously looking at a Spec SJ EVO 29 but went with the carbon lefty.

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    Giant XTC Composite can be had for about $2400.00. I plan on getting one and a buddy just bought one. I rode his and was super impressed with it. Comes from the box with Shimano brakes and a 2x10 set-up. The only real complaint I've read about has been the Giant brand wheels being eavier than others. Lifetime guarantee on frames too. Just saw your location, we are neighbors. Talk to Don on Hi Dez mtn bikers. When shopping,call John at Don's bikes in rialto.

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    Thanks for your input everyone I have a quite a few bikes i want to test ride and check out! Really looking hard at Specialized Carve and Stumpjumper....always wanted a specialized bike but peeps say you can get more of a bike with other name brands. I still have my 06 Giant 26er hardtail and that was great bike. Unfortunately i can only buy "ONE" lol

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    Here's one I picked up. Super light carbon:
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    Bryan, I have a 12' Stumpjumper comp and a friend of mine has a Goblin, knowing what I know now I'm really glad I got the Stumpjumper out the door for $1299. It was a closeout test bike. MSRP was $2200 for a new one and I think that I could have gotten a new one for $1850 or so by haggling. Anyway, in my humble opinion the Goblin is every bit as good as the Stumpjumper with the exception of maybe 1-2lbs in extra weight. What makes the Goblin so good is the Reba and the crank combined with the fact they didn't saddle the Goblin with 90mm of travel on the Reba like Spec did on the Stumpy. Now I have to go in and get rid of spacers that were put in for the sake of geo supposedly. Of course they've got 2 10mm spacers on the stem, they could have gotten rid of that or lowered the stem to make up for the loss of travel.

    Advantage thus far of the Spec also is the warranty and LBS, my rear wheel internals fried and it was covered under warranty. I had my bike back in a couple days with a new wheel and I didn't have to do any labor. Not sure that would be the case with the Goblin. Unfortunately, you can get a Goblin X0 for the price of Stump comp, so that makes it a really hard decision for me.

    If you do go with the Stump, remember walk out the door, there's no reason to pay MSRP on them. They'll be calling you back with another $200-300 off the next day.

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    I love my Salsa El Mariachi 2! A very capable hardtail with the option to SS. I have mine set up as a 1x10 and SS. Takes about 10 minutes to switch from one to the other. I recommend adding it to your list.

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    I got the Salsa El Mariachi 3 and I am very happy with it. With your budget, I would go with the ELMar 2, like the poster above suggested. Its not the lightes bike around, but at 25lbs, its not that bad. The ride quality more than makes up for it.

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    Another vote for the El Mariachi. Great value and all around bike.

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    Santa Cruz Highball RXC. It has convertible dropouts for SS.

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    Thanks for the input I'll have to take a look at Salsa and Santa cruz too....The decision gets tougher

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    Salsa bikes looks really nice....Just have to drive a quite a bit to test ride! guess when you dropping 2k on a bike you better make sure you LOVE it

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    We need more info on what type of riding you do. I love my Yelli Screamy for the steep, jumpy riding I like to do but it all depends on the type of riding you are looking to do. $2000 is a great budget!

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    I mainly do desert single track! Awesome 9 mile loop by my house with plenty of rock gardens and lots of fun....nothing like getting on your bike and trail 5 min away . Big Bear CA about 40 min away and i plan on hitting some of the local mountain trails up there. So many bikes to choose from damn

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    I just picked up a 2013 Specialized Carve Pro. I have only had the bike out on the trails twice but I am very happy with it so far. Bike has good components and is ready to go right away. Weighs in at 26.5 lbs stock with tubeless.

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    The 2013 Specialized Carve is a fine bike. Swap the stock brakes for SLX or XT brakes, and you will have a near-perfect bike for the price range. The handling of the Carve is darn near perfect in its telepathic accuracy.
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    Can you go just a bit more? If so my vote goes to the Goblin XO.

    Have had mine for a few weeks and am very happy. In full disclosure I am a new rider (bout a year in) so I really cannot speak to many tech issues but I know I have a great ride with top of the line components.

    I have had no issues save a bent derailleur hanger and in that case received a replacement gratis within 3 days !

    Great customer service. Have you ever tried to get the owners of Spec or Giant on the phone?

    Longshot, but if you are in North Central Florida take mine for a spin.

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    I'm in the market too for a sub $2000 bike. Best bang for the buck on a regular store bought bike looks to be a Trek Superfly AL from my research, they go for $1800 in my area. I haven't ridden one yet but hope to today. I really want that 15mm thru axle Reba fork and I also want shimano drivetrain and brakes.....the Superfly AL delivers.

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    Getting lots of feedback on Specialized Carve and Trek Stache! You can't go wrong with either bike...Actually on my way to check some bikes out today

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    I had an opportunity to buy a Stumpy Evo hardtail from my LBS for about $2,100, to me that's about the best deal I've come across on a $2k hardtail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twors View Post
    I'm in the market too for a sub $2000 bike. Best bang for the buck on a regular store bought bike looks to be a Trek Superfly AL from my research, they go for $1800 in my area. I haven't ridden one yet but hope to today. I really want that 15mm thru axle Reba fork and I also want shimano drivetrain and brakes.....the Superfly AL delivers.
    Rode the Trek Superfly AL today then went down the street a few miles and bought a new Salsa El Mariachi 2....done deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by twors View Post
    Rode the Trek Superfly AL today then went down the street a few miles and bought a new Salsa El Mariachi 2....done deal!
    You made the right call.

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    I just purchased a Cannondale 2012 flash 3 29er cross country from my local bike dealer. They gave a great deal on it took 500.00 off , which put it nicely under 2000.00 because they needed to make room for 2013 models, might want to check around local shops to see if you could get a good deal if they are trying to make room!

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    Specialized Stumpjumper Evo 29er HT. A little more than $2K, but a great bike.
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    Sucks when you go test couple bikes and you love both of them....HAHAAHA! do you just flip a coin?

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    That Zaskar at giantnerd is a great bike. The rear rides very smoooooth.

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    I agree. Picked one up a couple of weeks ago. Looks good too.
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    That Zaskar at giantnerd is a great bike. The rear rides very smoooooth.

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    I love my BMC TE 29, so if you take a size large, this is a great deal:

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    Motobecane Fanton Ti 29er gets a nice titanium frame to your house well built for $1800. My friend just got one last week and it looks great. Coming off of a 26 full susp, he seems happy. He's a big 6'4", and the largest size fits him spot on. I have a Sette Razzo aluminum that I love, but the Fantom Ti warrants a look.

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    Stumpy would be awesome! Haven't test rode that one but just a few bucks over my budget

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    Re: 29er Hardtail for around $2,000!!! Any suggestions?

    Best advice is check ebay for 2012 models just got a Marin for 1400 off retail

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    Looking for a 2k 29er also.

    So far narrowed i've it down to the Spesh Carve Pro or the Stumpjumper Comp.

    So far...I'm leaning towards the Carve. Its got better components and more neutral handling...and its cheaper than the Stumpy. I think the only reason I'm considering the Stumpy is the OSBB bottom bracket.

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    Giant XTC Composite 29er 3. Not the lightest carbon HT but its a stout carbon frame. You can get the even better XTC 1 for a couple of Benjamins over $2k if you play your cards right your LBS.

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    Hey mavtek, I think Im gonna pull the trigger on the Sette Razzo X9. Do you own a Sette? Im going to do a little more research on the Brand. Definitely like the geometry and is what I have been looking for. I was looking at the On One Lurker, which is similar carbon fiber & geometry. In fact, I wouldnt be surprised if its the same frame, lol. I assume you have purchased from PricePoint?? If so, how was experience? Im glad I stumbled upon this forum, thank you Brian1113 for getting it going.

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    Yeah i got some really good input from lot of people about some great bikes! Just so hard to nail it down to " ONE " bike you know....Buying my bike end of may so doing my homework to buy the perfect bike for me can't wait

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    Ur right. It is hard to nail down. I have been researching for over a month and it has been driving me crazy, mostly with comparison of components. Im doing a little more research into the Settep; so far I like what I've seen. Good luck in ur search and hope you find the right bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rktek View Post
    Hey mavtek, I think Im gonna pull the trigger on the Sette Razzo X9. Do you own a Sette? Im going to do a little more research on the Brand. Definitely like the geometry and is what I have been looking for. I was looking at the On One Lurker, which is similar carbon fiber & geometry. In fact, I wouldnt be surprised if its the same frame, lol. I assume you have purchased from PricePoint?? If so, how was experience? Im glad I stumbled upon this forum, thank you Brian1113 for getting it going.
    Awesome! I was looking at the Razzo Alloy XT 29er, but ultimately went with a Stumpjumper Comp 29er demo bike I got for the same price. $1299, of course I could have paid less with the "SAVEBIG" deal going on now.

    I have ordered from PricePoint several times though, good stuff, I even have several Sette accessories, all good stuff. Great company to work with too.

    Good review of the Razzo here:
    Bike Review- Sette Razzo SC XX Long Term Review | Coast to Mountain.com

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    mav, thanks for follow up and the info. I read that dudes review of the XX. I am going to call up PricePoint in a little while and try to get a "fit" for size. I think Im gonna just do it. Where else am I gonna get a carbon fiber with that equipment at that price. Im stoked.

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    I'd get a Highball.

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    can you share your opinion on this bike? this one is in my price range Santa Cruz Bicycles Highball D XC Complete Bicycle | Backcountry.com
    looks like a nice bike as well.

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    I haven't checked out Santa Cruz yet! They have really good reviews and good rep

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    Highball model with shimano and fox fork msrp at 2100!!! She's a pretty bike now i need to find a shop to test one out

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    where did you see this bike for 2100 with those components. the link i posted above all components are entry level. The Sette has really nice components for a complete bike at that price

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    Price: $2199 (usd) *Package Deal
    Weight: 26.31
    *Kit: R xc 29
    Fork: 32 Float 29 CTD 100
    Color: Traffic Blue

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    it's on Santa Cruz site...

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    got it thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan1113 View Post
    Price: $2199 (usd) *Package Deal
    Weight: 26.31
    *Kit: R xc 29
    Fork: 32 Float 29 CTD 100
    Color: Traffic Blue
    This is a good deal with a great fork.

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    Re: 29er Hardtail for around $2,000!!! Any suggestions?

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    I got the Salsa El Mariachi 3 and I am very happy with it. With your budget, I would go with the ELMar 2, like the poster above suggested. Its not the lightes bike around, but at 25lbs, its not that bad. The ride quality more than makes up for it.

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    I ended up getting Salsa El Mariachi 3 with few modifications straight from shop. Upgraded the fork to Reba, and swapped out brakes to Shimano SLX. Also picked up some items to modify the cockpit: ec70 carbon riser, thomson x4 70mm stem, odi rogue lock-on grips, and wtb rocket v slt saddle. Total cost is around $1825, well under the $2k target especially if I resell salsa promoto bar and stem.

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    Just received the bike, Salsa El Mariachi 3. It's a beautiful bike, but quite bit heavier than I had expected. I don't have the weight for the small size as few modifications were made before it was shipped out: changed the fork to Reba RL, changed brakes from Elixir 1 to Shimano SLX, changed stock seat to WTB Rocket V SLT. With the above changes, the bike weighed 29.1lbs without pedals. My assumption is that stock would have weighed a bit over 30lbs.

    I also made additional changes: changed stock bar to Easton EC70 carbon riser (weight difference of about 150g), changed stem to Thomson x4 70mm, and changed grip to ODI Rogue lock-on grips, and added Time ATAC XS pedals. Total weight of the bike is 29.3 lbs.

    Unless I spend some money on the wheels and tires, cassette and crankset, it looks like it's going to be a bit difficult to get to sub 26 lbs bike that I was hoping for.

    For now, going to just enjoy riding.

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    I suspect you are going to love that bike, juts get some miles on it. The only thing I didnt like about the elmar 3 was the stock headset. Its came with a cane creek 10 with a tendency to crack the cup (plastic). Mine cracked but huck n roll replaced it for free with CC 40. The ELMar 2 is supposed to be a sub 26 pound bike and it retails for about 2k, the 3 is heavier (less expensive components). Mine weighs 30.4 lbs, its a large. The only upgrades have been the crankset (slx) and the headset. I hope you enjoy your El Mariachi, I sure as hell have enjoyed mine!

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    Re: 29er Hardtail for around $2,000!!! Any suggestions?

    Yeah, I am planning to just ride it for now. I was debating between Airborne Goblin (lower in price and yet with better components and lighter as well) and Salsa El Mar for quite a while. I decided to go with El Mar as I really wanted to try out steel frame. All my other bikes are alloy, and Goblin would have been another alloy bike.

    By the way anyone interested in Salsa should reach out to Chad @ Red Barn Bikes. Great pricing and great to work with.

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    I am another vote for the El Mariachi. I love the way it rides. But, Ride Ride Ride, test ride as many bikes as you can. If you can demo them on trails that is even better. Find the bike that really gives you a buzz and buy that one even if you have to scrimp and save to get it.
    P.s. A heavier steel frame with light wheels and components beats a carbon frame with heavy parts anytime,

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    It's a heavy bike. I have the El Mariachi 2 size small - 29 lbs with XT pedals. Rides awesome though. A bit twitchy, looking to shorten the stem. Swapped the stock wheels, also. Very fun bike.

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    Re: 29er Hardtail for around $2,000!!! Any suggestions?

    What wheels did you end up changing too?

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    Salsa El Mariachi 3 complete - modified under $2k

    Here's the photo of my 2013 Salsa El Mariachi 3 complete with the following modifications and still below $2k mark:

    * fork upgraded to Reba RL
    * brakes upgraded to Shimano SLX (using avid rotors)
    * saddle changed to WTB Rocket V SLT
    * handlebar changed to Easton EC70 low-rise carbon bar
    * stem changed to Thomson x4 70mm
    * grip changed to ODI Rogue lock-in
    * shifters upgraded to Shimano SLX
    * cassette upgraded to Shimano XT

    29er Hardtail for around ,000!!! Any suggestions?-d7k_9489.jpg

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    That is one extremely cool looking bike. I am really diggin´that color. Congratulations! Hope you enjoy it. Be sure to update us on your first ride impresions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sungchang View Post
    What wheels did you end up changing too?

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    Sun Ringle Charger Expert (28mm). I believe the Stans Rapids that came with my bike are 25.5mm. Didn't put any miles on them, so I can't say how well the stock ones were.

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    Re: 29er Hardtail for around $2,000!!! Any suggestions?

    Went for a quick ride with my daughter this afternoon. It was nothing technical as I am slowly trying to ease my daughter into mountain biking. But boy was it smooth. I will need to give it more time and head out to my regular trail to really assess it, but first impression is that I am going to really enjoy it

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    For around that price, brand new....take a look at the Superfly AL. It is a truly race ready bike out of the box and can be had for below your budget of 2000

    Oops...looks like you made a choice. Enjoy

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    Re: 29er Hardtail for around $2,000!!! Any suggestions?

    Just back from 1st true test of the Salsa El Mar 3. Rode at Wilder Ranch in Santa Cruz, CA. Very impressed with the bike. Now I can understand when people say steel is real. Steel plus the 29er size wheels and big volume tires made the bike feel smooth so much so that if felt like there was a rear suspension. It just soaked up the rocks and roots, and all the chatter on the trail. I was initially concerned about the weight, but it climbed great.

    One thing that I will need to get adjusted is the turn ratio...definitely different than 26ers.

    I had a big smile throughout the ride and I am so glad on my choice to go with El Mar.

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    Ended up buying Trek Fuel bike...It's a 26er but i still have my 29HT i'm fixing up with better components. Happy Trails
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