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    Help picking out a bike - Giant XTC 29er 2/Trek X-Caliber/Specialized Carve?

    Looking for a decent bike for a beginner, which do you recommend - Trek X-Caliber, Giant XTC 29er 2 or Specialized Carve? I would like to keep my budget approx $1600. Thank you
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    You can probably get a 2012 XTC 1 for around the same price.
    If you can do it, that is a great bike! Just my 2 cents...
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    the XTC is probably the best bike of those three in my opinion. The Carve would be great too though.

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    I think the Specialized Carve is good

    By the way, I want to buy a bike under $2000, which is the best one?
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    All three are great options,
    Add the Santa Cruz Highball AL to your list!
    See how it stacks up. The highball AL can be converted to singlespeed, if you're into that.
    Just gives you options.

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    About a month ago I was looking at buying an XTC 29er 2, Trek Cobia (couldn't find an X-Cal anywhere), Spec Carve Comp, and a Cannondale Trail SL1. I took my time and rode all 4 bikes and decided on the Giant XTC. It had the best geometry, parts spec and felt the best. I was able to get the XTC for 10% under MSRP which was nice too. So far I have ridden the bike about 60 miles and am very very happy with the bike. Before this bike I had a Spec 26er full suspension so this is my first 29er hardtail.

    Of the bikes I rode I liked the Cannondale the least. It felt heavy and slow and wasn't much fun. The Carve was OK, but just too expensive and no one was willing to discount it from msrp. If I didn't get the XTC I would have probably bought the Cobia as I thought that fit and handled very well, I just thought the XTC was better and I was not happy with the parts spec on the Cobia.

    I'd recommend the XTC of the three you listed. Good Luck!

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    Airborne Bicycles. NEW Goblin
    Another bike to consider is an Airborne Goblin. It compares to an X-Cal at a good savings. It currently has a preferred dual air RockShox Reba fork, something you need a 2012 X-Cal to get. 2013 is solo air less tuneable fork. A 2012 Scott Scale Elite for about 1300 if you can find one is also a great bike with the dual air Reba and superior geo.
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