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    Best Value/Lightest 29er Hardtail.

    I am looking to maybe eventually adding another bike to the fleet. Trying to find out what the best options are for a reasonably priced hard-tailed 29er. Would like to use it on days where I am riding only tamer XC stuff. Are there any sub 25lb bikes that are sub $2,000? Or is going used the best route?

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    Al or Carbon...

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    The Stumpjumper EVO 29er HT will be under 25 (close to 24) and should be just a skosh over $2K...killer bike, 1x10, not much to not like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    Al or Carbon...
    With the budget of 2k wanting 25 lbs or less I think aluminum is the way to go so he can reach that weight.
    There is not much choice between rotten apples.

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    It shouldn't be hard to build a sub-25 lb HT. Niner has an EMD-9 complete for $2100, and if you know people, you can probably build something for less than that. The frame is only $550...
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    These should weigh in around 23 lb, $ 1600
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    Price just went up to $1800
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    This may start a Flame War...but

    Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - Motobecane Fantom 29PRO
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    Airborne Bicycles. Goblin

    Replace the wheels with the left over cash...bet you could hit well under 25lbs.
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    I was reading about Airborne in my Mountain Bike Action magazine. They got a decent review.

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    Wow that Airborne even comes with a real air shock and not some crappy spring shock.

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    Pick up a used superfly, like a 2009 or 2010 that has some upgraded wheels and it will be around 23lb. Upgrade from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    I was reading about Airborne in my Mountain Bike Action magazine. They got a decent review.
    Review: Airborne Goblin | Dirt Rag Magazine

    Includes testing with an upgraded (and significantly lighter) wheelset
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    Best Value/Lightest 29er Hardtail.

    I'm in Fort Collins and have the Goblin in a 20" if you want to take a look at one before buying.

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    Titanium frame, Reba fork, x9 components. for $1800. It doesn't get much better than that. I've ordered two bikes from BD and they have been great.

    SRAM X9, 3x10 Speed 29er Titanium Front Suspension Mountain Bikes - MTB - 2013 Motobecane Fantom Titanium 29er | SRAM X9 hardtail mountain bikes | Save up to 60% off list prices on new bicycles
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    I was looking at spending 800-1200. That MotoB Ti bike was tempting.
    But There was nowhere to try one on for size. Anyway I was able to
    sell a few things and found a place to try out a GT. So I will have to
    settle for Carbon over Ti this time.

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    What about the Giant XTC Composite 3? I saw one at my LBS for 1800. I googled the weight of a medium being at 25 something lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zephxiii View Post
    What about the Giant XTC Composite 3? I saw one at my LBS for 1800. I googled the weight of a medium being at 25 something lbs.
    There are still some 2's leftover from 2012 out there for a good price.
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    That's probably the most bang for the buck right there. I might look into that after I sell my 08' Stumpy FSR 26er.

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    Salsa El Mariachi 2 is right at 2k, but it's steel and heavier than you want. Great factory build though for the price, Reba Solo fork, Stan's wheels, 2x10 SRAM drivetrain, Avid Elixr 5 brakes.
    I got one a couple months ago and so far, after racing it in 2 XC races the only thing I've wanted to change on it is go back to BB7 brakes.

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    My votes for the giant Xtc composite. It's a great frame and worthy of upgrading a few components if you feel the need ever. Even the aluminum version is a great bike. I have the alum version, Xtc 29er 2, and weighs a hair under 24lbs with an XT drivetrain, arch ex/ztr wheels, and a somewhat heavy fox fork. It's the bike that made me a believer of the 29er breed.

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    I have a Scott Scale 940 for sale in the classified. Just slightly over 25lbs nicely specd.

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    Stumpjumper comp brand new is <2K at my LBS, aluminum, but their scale shows close to 22/23 pounds. Or look around for a demo somewhere? I got a really good deal on a carbon comp that was a demo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kokothemonkey View Post
    Stumpjumper comp brand new is <2K at my LBS, aluminum, but their scale shows close to 22/23 pounds. Or look around for a demo somewhere? I got a really good deal on a carbon comp that was a demo.
    There is no way that the Sumpy Comp weights 22/23 even in the 15.5" size. My stock Evo HT which has less stuff on it (no front shifter, 1 less chainring, no front derailleur, but heavier tires/front rotor) was ~24 w/o pedals new. The Comp is likely closer to 24.5 at best. Still,. that is my vote for a $2K bike under 25!
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    Spent $700 for a Karakoram gt 2.0 and i love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edhgreatone View Post
    Spent $700 for a Karakoram gt 2.0 and i love it
    And this is sub-25 pounds like the OP wants?
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    If it is I'll have two please.

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