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    Full suspension 29ers in the $1500 price range and sub-30 pounds?

    Just wondering if these bikes exist. I was thinking of buying a slighly used Specialized Camber for $1500, but these bikes are pretty heavy. Wondering if there's something a bit lighter in the same price range. Thanks.

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    New...no

    Used...a lightly used Salsa Spearfish might fit the bill
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    ebay perhaps but otherwise your best bet would be to check the LBS
    i noticed that internet pricing with shipping etc.. is usually not as good as the lbs prices.

    or your only other hope would be bikes direct for an off-name brand

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    Your question got me curious so I hung a few bikes in that range from the scale. Closest I got was a 2012 Scott Spark Team. With pedals/reflectors and all the other "goodies" it was 30lbs 15oz (size L). You can PM me if you care to know the price. I won't break the spam rules here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Your question got me curious so I hung a few bikes in that range from the scale. Closest I got was a 2012 Scott Spark Team. With pedals/reflectors and all the other "goodies" it was 30lbs 15oz (size L). You can PM me if you care to know the price. I won't break the spam rules here.


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    My 2012 Anthem X4 29er FS was $1449 on clearance about a month ago.

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    There's one that I know of that I'd consider for about 250 more and I know for sure if you deal enough with the right SpecialED shop you could pick up a Camber for around 1600 new, other than that if you find one new it'll be a tank, especially if it's Giant.
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    I would say you will not find a new fs 29er that will be less than 30 pounds for $1500. I would say it would be hard to find one for $2K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoots View Post
    ebay perhaps but otherwise your best bet would be to check the LBS
    i noticed that internet pricing with shipping etc.. is usually not as good as the lbs prices.

    or your only other hope would be bikes direct for an off-name brand
    I don't think the Moto FS 29er that BD sells is less than 30 pounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobonker View Post
    My 2012 Anthem X4 29er FS was $1449 on clearance about a month ago.

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    How much does it weigh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    There's one that I know of that I'd consider for about 250 more and I know for sure if you deal enough with the right SpecialED shop you could pick up a Camber for around 1600 new, other than that if you find one new it'll be a tank, especially if it's Giant.
    How much does a Camber weigh?
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    Didn't weigh them (had both a Medium and Large to assemble for some guys) but were def lighter than my XL Prime which is 33.5lbs, guess maybe somewhere in the 31lb range if I had to.
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    Former Spearfish owner here and with a CB Joplin it was 28lbs. I sold mine about 6 months ago for $1750. If you find the right seller you can definitely find one for $1500. By the way, I loved that bike but I built up a SC Tallboy LTc to replace it.

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    I've heard those Motobecanes come in at around 28lbs, but it's possible that was after some modification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stencil View Post
    I've heard those Motobecanes come in at around 28lbs, but it's possible that was after some modification.
    My XO FS Moto 29er weighs 28lbs after new wheels, seat and XT pedals. I'd imagine the $1500 Moto weighs close to 31lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lardo View Post
    I'd imagine the $1500 Moto weighs close to 31lbs.
    You are correct!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobonker View Post
    My 2012 Anthem X4 29er FS was $1449 on clearance about a month ago.

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    Where did you get that deal? Did you happen to weigh that bike?

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    Motobecane Fantom 29er could be bought brand new for $1599.95 from bikes direct with free shipping and no sales tax unless you live in Texas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Motobecane Fantom 29er could be bought brand new for $1599.95 from bikes direct with free shipping and no sales tax unless you live in Texas.
    I guess I'm not so sure about either Bikes Direct or Motobecane. I feel more comfortable with Giant and Specialized for some reason.

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    Never talked with anyone who has been disappointed with either Bikes Direct or Motobecane. That being said, I would have a little mechanical ability if buying from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanyonTrailJunkie View Post
    I guess I'm not so sure about either Bikes Direct or Motobecane. I feel more comfortable with Giant and Specialized for some reason.
    Understandable.

    I think you'll need to compromise on weight at first - get a good frame with decent components and then swap out the wheels as you get the budget like lardo did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Never talked with anyone who has been disappointed with either Bikes Direct or Motobecane. That being said, I would have a little mechanical ability if buying from them.
    Meaning that you can expect more mechanical repairs buying a Motobecane - doesn't that negate any savings you would have buying this brand in the first place - you may end up actually spending more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanyonTrailJunkie View Post
    Meaning that you can expect more mechanical repairs buying a Motobecane - doesn't that negate any savings you would have buying this brand in the first place - you may end up actually spending more?
    He was referring to assembly and maintenance knowledge. The word repair implies something is broken.

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    If you're looking at Bike Direct, then also look at Airborne, same business model, better looking designs IMHO and parts spec look as good if not better, especially on their new HobGoblin.
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    I guess I'm not so sure about either Bikes Direct or Motobecane. I feel more comfortable with Giant and Specialized for some reason.
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    Buying a $4000 new bike used for $1500 is pretty common if you take the time to get the word out that you are looking. Who knows, you could end up with something like this, size Large, 29 pounds, less than 1000 miles...Full suspension 29ers in the 00 price range and sub-30 pounds?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1354155752.202641.jpg

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