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

    Looking for a FS 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 Rift Zone 29er 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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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonH MTB View Post
    Looking for a FS 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 Rift Zone 29er 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 Diamond back seems nice too at 1400, but you would have to add your own dropper.

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    I would say the Marin for sure. If you are ok with 27.5, I'd look at the new Jamis Dakar A2. Mbr.co.uk seemed to love it.

    Jamis Dakar A2 (2018) first ride - MBR

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