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    Best HT or FS for $1500-1900 Range?

    After two years of MTB'ng, I've decided to upgrade from my entry level Raleigh 29er to either a HT or FS within the $1500-$1900 range, but I haven't quite figured out what the best bike for the money is. Yes, I might as well say $2k, but if I spend 2k or more, I'll probably be killed by my GF before getting a chance to ride it!! I'm sticking with the 29'' wheel, this much I do know. There truly are so many freaking bikes out there it's impossible to ride every one, so I'm hoping you all can direct me to bikes that have the best bang for the buck for my price range. Ideally, I would like Fox / Shimano components but from the research i've done, I wont be biking my arse on a FS with Fox susp. components for under $2k.

    For those wanting to know, the trails I ride are some of the harder trails in the state (MI) which consist of technical downhills, rock and root obstacles, shallow streams, etc. Bike brands in my area are Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Scott, GT, BMC, Felt, Giant, Salsa and Raleigh (I'm pry missing some others).

    Any input is appreciated!! Thanks guys!!

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    A Trek Superfly 9.6 with a 20 off discount. It has a carbon frame with very good compliance, and a lifetime warranty.

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    I love my Spot Brand Honey Badger. I paid $1700 new for it although they were running a special and that is quite a bit off retail. Also it is a single speed and I am guessing you want gears.

    If I was looking at a geared hardtail in your price range, the Kona Honzo would probably be on the top of the list. They do retail for $2099 but I would think you could get it under the $2k price.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    A Trek Superfly 9.6 with a 20 off discount. It has a carbon frame with very good compliance, and a lifetime warranty.
    +1 for the Superfly 9.6. There is a good discount going on now.

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    Salsa El Mar 2 , try to beat your lbs up for a discount. El Mar 3 has the same frame and you can upgrade it over time though its got decent spec to start. Good all-round bike, lots of future drivetrain flexibility. If you ask me, I wouldnt bother with FS unless you've got serious (3k+) money to "flush". Plus, you have and like the HT rig you already have and it blows your hair back on the trails you ride?

    All this talk about 20% discounts on bikes should lead folks to realize.. the bikes are overpriced to start with....

    Steel, it's real.

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    +2 for a Superfly. I love mine. I bet the 9.6 carbon is awesome.
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    Airborne provides a great build for that price range in a hard tail. They also have a full suspension model for under $2k.

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    Definitely going to get more HT for your money than FS. If you get lucky you may be able to find a good FS bike that is last years or the year priors model with the '15 line-ups just showing up and Interbike/Eurobike just around the corner.

    If you can hold on for a couple months it may be well worth it, otherwise look at the most HT you can get for your money.
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    I just picked up a 2014 Trek Fuel EX-8 29er for $1,999.99 on sale at my LBS.

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    Much of it depends on the service of you LBS, I went with a Specialized Camber FS 29'er from my LBS, lifetime warranty/tuneups, and it ~1700 OTD.... I have a Trek as well, but I now have 3 Specialized bikes because of the LBS service.. YMMV
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    Awesome guys, thanks for all the info! Greatly appreciated!

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    I gave $1700 out the door for my Giant Anthem and it has served me well. I would buy it again if I needed another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbvx67 View Post
    I gave $1700 out the door for my Giant Anthem and it has served me well. I would buy it again if I needed another.
    Can you be specific in model / year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Father Guzzi Obrian View Post
    Much of it depends on the service of you LBS, I went with a Specialized Camber FS 29'er from my LBS, lifetime warranty/tuneups, and it ~1700 OTD.... I have a Trek as well, but I now have 3 Specialized bikes because of the LBS service.. YMMV
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    This couldn't be more true if you choose a fs.
    After year 1 either you are they will be working on it all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jboner36 View Post
    Can you be specific in model / year?
    It's a 2014 Anthem X 3. Very happy with it.

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    X2 , Anthem 29er.

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    that superfly 9.6 would be my choice unless you can swing the money to get a superfly 100 al elite or fs8 depending on which frame you liked more.

    little more cash than a 9.6 but the FS is so comfy. you can ride trails full of roots, plow over them, go miles and not feel the least bit beat up

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    The 9.6 has more than enough compliance to keep you riding for long distance races plus trail feel you lose with a fs. An fs would be a down grade in many ways.

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