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    First FS Bike

    I have been riding a XC style hardtail for about 2 years now. I feel like a trail bike is better suited for the trails I ride in the Atlanta area so I am looking for my first full suspension bike. My budget is low, maybe $1,500+/- so I have my sights set on a used bike. My current thinking is a Trek Fuel EX 7 or 8. What other entry level FS bikes should I be on the look out for that I can realistically get for less than $1,500?

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    Giant stance. The 3 can be found for cheap and you can upgrade as you go. Plus then you get a warranty and some shops do free service for the life of the bike. I'm partial to giant just because of experiences but that's what I would do. Make some calls to local giant dealers and see what 2015 models of the stance they have in stock, maybe they'll have a 2 or 1 for around $1500
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    In that price range, a nicer hardtail would be a better choice. Or you can luck out and find a nice deal on a FS. My buddy got an entry level Tallboy for $1400 last winter.

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    Not too bad for your price range. Frame is probably a bit heavy. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._fs_x9-tcs.htm I agree with Seabass though that $1500 is probably better spent on a hardtail, but hey, to each their own.
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    go see the folks at Atlanta Cycling if you want to get on a Trek.

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    There are some Fuels on Clist Atl, but this bike caught my attention due to fork and wheels. It is an older bike, but still a Fox 36...and nice wheels. I'd still try to get it for $1500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsb View Post
    There are some Fuels on Clist Atl, but this bike caught my attention due to fork and wheels. It is an older bike, but still a Fox 36...and nice wheels. I'd still try to get it for $1500.

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    I dont know how I missed that one. It is older than I was looking for, but it probably does warrant consideration.

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    Well, if you can get a Fuel at that price go for it. Great bikes tbh. Though dépends on year.

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    If you had to choose between a 2012 Specialized Comp 29 or a 2014 Trek Fuel EX 7 which would you go for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATL Jack View Post
    If you had to choose between a 2012 Specialized Comp 29 or a 2014 Trek Fuel EX 7 which would you go for?
    The Fuel.

    Better suspension design and frame.

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    Thats the way I was leaning. Thanks for the conformation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATL Jack View Post
    Thats the way I was leaning. Thanks for the conformation.
    Good call. Fuel also got internally routed cables which is pretty sweet.

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