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    XC Bike Recommendations for ~$3k / Salsa / Yeti

    I need advice!

    I'm replacing a 13 year old Trek 4900 hardtail and am considering either the Salsa Horsethief II or Yeti SB95 Enduro.

    I ride trails in and around Houston, TX, Flat Rock Ranch in the Texas Hill Country, The Piney Woods of East Texas, have ventured up to Whistler, BC and plan to visit New Mexico & Colorado.

    I need a solid, versatile all rounder that will last (although my plan is for less than 13 years this time!).

    Suggestions please!

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    If you are open to more options there are the 140mm Trek Remedy and the 130mm Rocky Mountain Instinct.
    The Yeti is a good choice, but you can get the Rocky and Trek for less money because they don't have a Yeti badge.
    But all the bikes mentioned are great. You can't go wrong with any.
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    So many great bikes out there that does everything well , The SB95 being one of them.

    The Horsethief gets rave reviews as does the Specialized Enduro. Your on the right track though for the diversity of terrain your planning on riding.

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    Thank you for the advice Guys... after doing more research and 'upgrading' my budget, I'm now looking at either a Yeti SB5c or a Pivot MACH4. I know they're both new but there seems to be a lot of apprehension re: Yeti's new "Switch Infinity" suspension. Also, my local Yeti dealer is just not very helpful, informative or 'passionate'. If I'm dropping almots $7k on a bicycle, I want a little bit more enthusiasm!!! The Pivot guys are totally in love with their bikes, want me to go ride a demo bike on the trails, spend hours educating me on Pivot technology & techniques AND like for like Pivots seem a little cheaper... thoughts anyone?????

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    Also, Turner Czar.
    Pedal through it!

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    A dealer that show's enthusiasm and interest in helping make your experience more pleasant get's my vote. You also know that you'll get help down the road if you need it.

    Dealer's that are lethargic with 7k bikes can keep them. lol

    Let us know what you decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRat68 View Post
    Thank you for the advice Guys... after doing more research and 'upgrading' my budget, I'm now looking at either a Yeti SB5c or a Pivot MACH4. I know they're both new but there seems to be a lot of apprehension re: Yeti's new "Switch Infinity" suspension. Also, my local Yeti dealer is just not very helpful, informative or 'passionate'. If I'm dropping almots $7k on a bicycle, I want a little bit more enthusiasm!!! The Pivot guys are totally in love with their bikes, want me to go ride a demo bike on the trails, spend hours educating me on Pivot technology & techniques AND like for like Pivots seem a little cheaper... thoughts anyone?????
    My thoughts (and I'm obviously new here by the number of posts...) but if they are spending hours educating you on their bikes and WANT you to go ride a demo, how about you do that and then make an informed decision for yourself?! What I've found on internet forums is most of us will recommend what works for US, or what we like, never really addressing the OP's questions. We instead will push and spew what we like without trying to take into consideration what might be best for the OP, which is hard to do without knowing them, seeing them ride, etc. Again, this is my inexperience talking, but if I was planning on spending $7k on a bike, it would mean I'm most likely an experienced rider who has taken the time over the years to know what I like and don't like, resulting in knowing EXACTLY what I want. Desn't matter how expensive a bike it, if it isn't a good fit and designed for the rider's intended purpose, you're not going to like it. And if you're inexperienced better off buying something less expensive because as you grow you're more likely to get a feel for what you like or don't like, and that $7k bike might not be what you want down the line. I wouldn't be turning to the internet for other's opinions as much, but then again, what do I know! It's like a guitar forum I frequent. People constantly making posts about what options they should get on a custom guitar. Cracks me up because it's YOUR guitar. What do YOU like or want?! SO many bikes out there these days, and what I've been learning as someone who's returning to mountain biking is it's most about the fit. I'd bet to say that most of here can't outride the technology of the bikes we have. Too many geek out and sweat over grams and components and probably can't even do the bike justice. I got super stressed when looking to get back into the sport, then realized, hey, this is way more bike than I'll ever need. Stopped sweating that stuff and just got sized correctly (after being incorrectly sized previously) and that made the most difference and will hopefully make be a better rider because I'll be having more fun.

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    I appreciate all the feedback and I will ride the Pivot... no opportunity to ride a Yeti unfortunately (see above comments re: Yeti bike shop guys!!). I'm just trying to triangulate what I already know/have heard/read and these comments help. Thank you everyone! Keep 'em coming!!

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    My wife has a salsa spearfish. Excellent bike. I ride it on occasion. If you're into building a bike there's were some killer sale prices on frames from universal cycles. For $7k I think you could build a fantastic full suspension AND buy a Bikes Direct titanium HT - which are excellent bikes IMO.

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