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    Best 29er Hardtail for the money

    I am looking for a 29er hardtail in the $1500-$2000 range or less with Shimano SLX, XT or XTR (I know that XTR is probably unrealistic but if possible I would like it) or Sram X7, X9, XO or XX (again I know XO and XX are unrealistic for the price range but it would be nice. I also really want a Fox fork or a Rock Shox but I would like it to be a air shock. I would like carbon but aluminum is just fine. I would also like rims that I could go tubeless with, I know that it is a lot of specifications and I probably can't get it all in the price range so if it has most of the things I mentioned I would probably like it.

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    This is a great deal:

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    Consider the following.

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    lots of good rides @ that price-point...

    Quote Originally Posted by Prof Polymath View Post
    I am looking for a 29er hardtail in the $1500-$2000 range or less with Shimano SLX, XT or XTR (I know that XTR is probably unrealistic but if possible I would like it) or Sram X7, X9, XO or XX (again I know XO and XX are unrealistic for the price range but it would be nice. I also really want a Fox fork or a Rock Shox but I would like it to be a air shock. I would like carbon but aluminum is just fine. I would also like rims that I could go tubeless with, I know that it is a lot of specifications and I probably can't get it all in the price range so if it has most of the things I mentioned I would probably like it.

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    heh...i was going to suggest the marin pine mountain 29er (i own one) but i thought that the salsa was just as good or maybe even a bit better of a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    heh...i was going to suggest the marin pine mountain 29er (i own one) but i thought that the salsa was just as good or maybe even a bit better of a bike.
    good choice too, but is the pine mountain available for 2014? Like I said, there are many really decent bikes at this OP's budget...especially if he can afford to push just a "little" past the 2K threshold! The brand that my LBS sold and supported was the deal-breaker for me!
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    naw, the pine mountain is not available for 2014. i'm glad i got mine when i did...love the ride of steel...the last one was in 2012...i guess you could find new old stock if you looked hard enough:

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    I've narrowed it down to these 4, with the total price. Which do you think is the best deal?

    Airborne Seeker: 1080
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    Fuji Tahoe 2: 1002
    Sette Razzo X7: 920

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    I looked at the sette bikes particularly the XO model which was 2000 but by the time I actually thought I was going to pull the trigger it was sold out

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    Quote Originally Posted by caprivi View Post
    I've narrowed it down to these 4, with the total price. Which do you think is the best deal?

    Airborne Seeker: 1080
    GT Zaskar Elite: 974
    Fuji Tahoe 2: 1002
    Sette Razzo X7: 920



    Scratch the Sette, Price Point is going to quit selling them. It may present warranty issues in the future.

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    wtf...

    Quote Originally Posted by caprivi View Post
    I've narrowed it down to these 4, with the total price. Which do you think is the best deal?

    Airborne Seeker: 1080
    GT Zaskar Elite: 974
    Fuji Tahoe 2: 1002
    Sette Razzo X7: 920
    "I've narrowed it down to..."? what happened to the OP? I'd just get a couple each..double duh!!
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    I've had a black goblin for a yr and my 15 yr old has the Sette carbon X7 razzo. BOTH fantastic bikes. I prefer the goblin but it's very very close. It comes down to fit.
    Good luck!

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    I just got a Scott 940 and it has everything you were looking for in your price range! XT/SLX Fox air forks! I bought a Mamba and didn't really like it but the Scott I just got is AWESOME!

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    Check out the Motobecane offerings at Bikesdirect.com. Their recent shipment of 2014 models sold out pretty quickly, but they'll be getting more. Get on their email list and they'll notify you before the next shipment.

    Here's one model that's just what you're looking for and right in your price range.

    - Fantom Pro SL - Aluminum frame, Reba fork, XTR Dynasys 2x10 - $1499

    I just received a Fly XX29er Ti and it's an incredible bike for the money. I've only got a couple of rides on it and I'm still dialing in the fit, but it's everything I expected it to be.

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    29ers come in all shapes and sizes. Define your terrain, riding style, and priorities first, OP.
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    How much did the scott cost? I couldn't find prices anywhere

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    I got a leftover 2013 Scott 940 for $1600 but it retailed for $2200. Not sure where your located but I'm in South Florida and got it from Bikestreet USA.

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    2013 specialized stumpjumper comp, got mine for $1750 x7 front derailer x9 rear, magura xts hydrallic brakes, rock shox reba fork

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    Second the Stumpy. It is also tubeless ready.

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    I have Seeker, it's great. If you can afford a Goblin, the upgrades are well worth the extra dough has a nicer wheel set, shock, brakes, derailers etc, although I like the seekers color scheme better.

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    If you don't care about a mainstream brand, consider a Sette from pricepoint.com . I got a full XO, carbon hardtail w/ Kashima fork for $1700 after a 15% coupon code. Actually rides great, and I work in a bike shop and ride nice bikes every day...just dont tell my boss i said that

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    where are these 15% price point codes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caprivi View Post
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    Airborne Seeker: 1080
    GT Zaskar Elite: 974
    Fuji Tahoe 2: 1002
    Sette Razzo X7: 920
    Out of these i would go for the GT Zaskar

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    Quote Originally Posted by time229er View Post
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    Sorry for the hijack, but what tire is this???

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    Quote Originally Posted by raymondy View Post
    Out of these i would go for the GT Zaskar
    I am also heavily leaning towards a '14 GT Zaskar, although the 2014 Elite with SLX build and RockShox Recon Gold TK solo air.
    There's also the Devinci Wooky XP (which IMO looks a slightly cooler) but has the Recon Silver.
    Im a MTB noob, and all of my riding is high end road stuff, so any tips?
    Mainly differences in the frame quality GT Alu vs Devinci Alu (both hydroformed)
    And GT Head angle is 69.5 degrees, Devinci is 71.0 degrees (for my size)

    2014 Zaskar 9R Elite - XC Bikes - Mountain Bikes - GT Bicycles - 2014 Bikes

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    Devinci is slightly less right now at Performancebike.com, but is the shock upgrade and head angle of the GT worthy of the added price? $1899 vs. $1759
    THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY INFO!!!

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    I would think you could find a Scott Scale 940 for ~1600 if you look hard.
    The Scale 940 has a really nice parts package

    Also think this is hard to beat

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    Yep! I would go Scale! Mine is Awesome!

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    I would think you could work hard and get a black fridayish discount and cash discount on a SF 9.6 with a 51mm offset Reba and a damped carbon frame with 435mm chain stays for a bit more than your upper and have a top end foundation ride.
    You can then work with your really good lbs to swap out some components at a better discount rate. Brakes, cassette are a couple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caprivi View Post
    where are these 15% price point codes?
    I found a coupon that unfortunately expired on Nov 30th in Bicycling Magazine. The code was Cycl15. Check "Where are the Best deals?" forum for coupon codes that people put up for general use. It never hurts to ask in that forum, either, because sometimes people know codes but don't think to submit them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof Polymath View Post
    I would also like rims that I could go tubeless with, I know that it is a lot of specifications and I probably can't get it all in the price range so if it has most of the things I mentioned I would probably like it.

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    My recommendation is to buy whatever is on clearance and try to get a good wheel set. Your price point is high for a Hardtail IMO and you should be able to get something very nice. Make sure the wheels aren't garbage or at least plan to buy a good wheel set after your purchase.

    Serious riders need good wheels with good hubs. A bike in your price range will probably have a decent enough fork, but I bet the wheels will suck so don't over look that.

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    Universal has 'em for even cheaper. My buddy just picked one up and it's a sweet ride! Universal Cycles -- Salsa El Mariachi 2 Complete Bike - 2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bimmer74 View Post
    Sorry for the hijack, but what tire is this???
    WTB Nano's...not the tire if you play in mud and slick shit, but on hard pack, grass and paved trails they do a good job. I have converted them to tubeless with Stan's All Mountain 29er kit and life is good @ 25psi
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