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    If you like the Trek EX9 then be sure to compare it with the Fezzari Nebo Peak http://www.fezzari.com/full-suspensi...FcPt7QodaxnLQg

    I think you get more for your money with the Nebo unless you can find a EX9 in last year's model for a discount at a bike shop. They are both great bikes. Fezzari will custom fit you to the bike based on your measurements. Mine was spot on when I got it. A much better fit than the previous bike that I purchased from a LBS.

    Also, consider getting an adjustable seat post with your bike. If you are spending that kind of money then a $300 seat post is a GREAT addition. I use the KS 900 but I think there's another one that might be as good or better out now.

    Let us know what you end up getting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tshulthise
    If you like the Trek EX9 then be sure to compare it with the Fezzari Nebo Peak http://www.fezzari.com/full-suspensi...FcPt7QodaxnLQg

    I think you get more for your money with the Nebo unless you can find a EX9 in last year's model for a discount at a bike shop. They are both great bikes. Fezzari will custom fit you to the bike based on your measurements. Mine was spot on when I got it. A much better fit than the previous bike that I purchased from a LBS.

    Also, consider getting an adjustable seat post with your bike. If you are spending that kind of money then a $300 seat post is a GREAT addition. I use the KS 900 but I think there's another one that might be as good or better out now.

    Let us know what you end up getting.

    I second the Fezzari Nebo. I just ordered a 2010 Nebo for myself and a 2010 cascade for my buddy. Customer service was the best I have had with ANY company, bike related or not. To all of the people that only have negative comments to say about Fezzari, just keep hating the fact that you will have to spend nearly twice what I paid for my Nebo to get comparable components from another company.
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    Man that thing looks sweet I would give that a try I never heard of a Fezzari Nebo how are they?

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    I was just looking at the specs on the Fezzari Nebo and its alot of bike for the price. Everything on the bike is good were as some of the others have some cheaper parts on them for example the trek has a deore crank and the Fezzari Nebo has xo. That Fezzari Nebo has the best parts get that.

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    I ordered my bike today so i dont know yet. I havent heard a single thing bad about them from people that actually own them. My buddy is a frame builder/welder for Intense and he has seen and ridden a Fezzari and says they are excellent bikes so I went for it. I was going to buy one regardeless of what he said anyway because I can buy another frame if I didnt like the Nebo, swap components to a new frame, and still come out way cheaper than buying a comparable big brand bike. Trust me, I'll be posting videos on youtube of my bike on trails and posting reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocwhiteboyoc
    I ordered my bike today so i dont know yet. I havent heard a single thing bad about them from people that actually own them. My buddy is a frame builder/welder for Intense and he has seen and ridden a Fezzari and says they are excellent bikes so I went for it. I was going to buy one regardeless of what he said anyway because I can buy another frame if I didnt like the Nebo, swap components to a new frame, and still come out way cheaper than buying a comparable big brand bike. Trust me, I'll be posting videos on youtube of my bike on trails and posting reviews.
    Yeah I was thinking that good buy

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    Quote Originally Posted by tshulthise
    If you like the Trek EX9 then be sure to compare it with the Fezzari Nebo Peak http://www.fezzari.com/full-suspensi...FcPt7QodaxnLQg

    I think you get more for your money with the Nebo unless you can find a EX9 in last year's model for a discount at a bike shop. They are both great bikes. Fezzari will custom fit you to the bike based on your measurements. Mine was spot on when I got it. A much better fit than the previous bike that I purchased from a LBS.

    Also, consider getting an adjustable seat post with your bike. If you are spending that kind of money then a $300 seat post is a GREAT addition. I use the KS 900 but I think there's another one that might be as good or better out now.

    Let us know what you end up getting.
    Wow!!! Thank you for letting me know about fezzari. Do you know if they ship to toronto canada? haha

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    I've looked up Fezzari here and some people are saying that they have bad frames and good parts

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    The list of good bikes goes on & on.

    http://www.giantnerd.com/2009-gt-for...s-country.html

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    I hope all these sites can ship to Canada

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnum703
    I've looked up Fezzari here and some people are saying that they have bad frames and good parts
    Just find people who have them and ask them what they think. The others are just super pissed that they spent double the price for a big brand bike with comparable components..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocwhiteboyoc
    Just find people who have them and ask them what they think. The others are just super pissed that they spent double the price for a big brand bike with comparable components..
    How's the Pedal Feedback and Pedal Bob on the Fezzari?

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnum703
    How's the Pedal Feedback and Pedal Bob on the Fezzari?
    My friend has one and its a great bike dont know what people are talking about
    The bike has good feedback and not alot of pedal bob I would get one if I were in the market for another bike.

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    I just saw this review

    I have the 2010 Fezzari Nebo Peak and I love it. It was a little tough for me to buy one of their bikes too since they are so new, but they have a 30 day money back gurentee so I figured I had nothing to lose, plus it's about $1400 less than a comparable bike, as far as spec goes, from other companies. As I was looking into the bike a little more and playing around on their website, I noticed things like hydroformed tubing, sealed bearings on the pivots, and lifetime warranty on the frame too. This attention to detail, in my opinion, is on par with any of the big names out there. These things just reassured me I was getting a quality bike. I also like the look of the raw aluminum on the Nebo that they have just clear coated, gives the bike a unique look. This thing climbs like no other bike I have been on before and can descend down anything i've thrown at it. I've beat my Nebo down Porcupine rim in Moab, Gooseberry Mesa, and many other trails over the last 3 months and it just keeps ticking. The company is great to work with too. When you call them you actually get to talk to a person and not an automated machine. I upgraded the wheels on my bike to the Mavic Crossmax ST. Fezzari gave me a great price on the wheels too. They can do all the upgrades you want to a bike in house. They have been great to work with and I highly recommend the Nebo Peak to anyone who is looking for an extremely high quality bike that will last for many years to come.

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    Look at the santa cruz it looks good as well

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    Yeti 575?

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnum703
    I hope all these sites can ship to Canada
    Or you could buy from a Canadian company. Some are more expensive than others, but your fellow countrymen make some pretty kick ass bikes.

    I'd say check out the Banshee Spitfire or Banshee Rune- both bikes are held in very high esteem and have similar price points compared to Trek, Specialized or Santa Cruz.

    You could also check out
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    For 3000 dollars you could look for months just start test riding find one and buy it lol.

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    Late in seeing this thread, but being from Canada, you owe it to yourself to check out the Knolly Endorphin. Might max out the budget depending on the components, but it is a GREAT bike.

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    My current AM ride was assembled from individual parts on a ~$2500 budget, with hunting for good deals involved. But it is done the way I like it, and it was fun to make.

    If you want to get a complete, could be wise to wait around for closeouts on competitivecyclist, speedgoat, jensonusa and the likes. They periodically have very very nice deals when somebody decides to blow out their inventory.

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    I think I've set my eyes on this one...
    http://www.fezzari.com/full-suspensi...tain/nebo-peak

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    that bike is sweet all the best parts

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpeters
    that bike is sweet all the best parts
    That's what I think too. Anybody don't think so?

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    Yes, all high end parts. You going to get a Lycra skin suit to go with it? LOL! Just kidding. It just looks a bit on the fem side to me. But WTF do I know? A few rides through the mud and a tumble or two down the mountain and it's good to go.

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    I did a lot of research in the fall looking for a bike to replace my broken 2002 Ellsworth Truth. I wanted a little more travel than the 4" Truth, but I didn't want to give up on the climbing. There were limited opportunities to test-drive, so I read a lot of reviews and rode what I could get my hands on (which wasn't necessarily set up for me or the right size for me, but it did help me decide more plush vs less plush, bike size, etc.). Here's what I narrowed down to:

    Ibis Mojo SL - this is what I got; "soaks up obstacles and adapts to varied terrain"; good climber (but probably not as good a climber as the Yeti ASR5); DW link suspension a plus; excellent reviews; I love this bike--it descends confidently and is a great climber ; the SLX build retails for $3300

    Yeti ASR5 - excellent reviews; great climber, but not as forgiving (i.e. requires more skill) on technical trails than other bikes I was considering

    Yeti 575 - great bike; at the high end of the amount of travel I was considering; I was concerned that it wouldn't be as good a climber as the Ellsworth

    Turner 5 Spot - great bike; very $$$; beefier and heavier than I need; DW link suspension

    Turner Flux with 120mm fork - my second choice; great bike; very $$$; DW link suspension; decided to go for more travel; my husband just got one and we just put a 120mm fork on it-- I can't wait to try it; I'm sure I'll love it

    Specialized FSR (Elite has no brain; Expert has a brain) - very nice bike, but I decided that I wanted a DW link bike; I have mixed feelings about the brain

    Giant Trance (or Reign) - these bikes didn't hit my radar screen when I was looking, but knowing how much I love the Ibis and its DW link, these are worth considering as the suspension design is similar to the Ibis and you can get a nice build for $2800; would definitely consider one of these if I wanted to save a little $$ over the Ibis or if I was concerned about riding a carbon-frame bike

    Ellsworth Epiphany - excellent reviews; very nice bike; very $$; decided I wanted a DW link bike

    There are lots of other great choices out there as well--these are just bikes that have caught my eye.

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    Make sure you check out the Kona Tanuki. These guys have been making Mtn. Bikes for 20 years...they know their stuff!

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    Hey Magnum,

    You seem like you were on the fence about the Fezzari's like me.

    I purchased a Cascade Peak 2011 last week. I also upgraded to Mavic Crosstrails to get a lighter set of tubeless wheels.

    I took my first real ride yesterday down Mt. Lemmon here in Tucson.

    I'm very happy with the bike. It has way more ability than I have skill.

    I have been looking for a longer travel XC bike since I went to Outerbike last year. I LOVED the Santa Cruz Blur LT, but I didn't think it climbed all that great. I rode several other models, but had pretty much narrowed it down to the Trek Fuel EX8 (mainly because of the price compared to all of the other all mountain type bikes out there). I was able to ride the EX8 down Porcupine Rim at Outerbike, and although it's a great ride, it didn't convince me. So, I took another demo ride in Phoenix...same thing...not convinced.

    Considering the Fezz's have a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee, I figured why not go ahead and get it...and if I don't like it...return it.

    So, now that I have it, I think it's a very well performing bike.

    It climbed very well and descended great. It also seemed very light. I've tried to weigh it and it said 26.x lbs, but that can't be right, but it's lighter than my Trek Fuel 90 for sure (which is only a 3 inch travel bike with SID fork, carbon handlebars and Sram X-9 drivetrain).

    It bobs some, but no more than my Fuel or any other bike I've ridden (Santa Cruz, Trek, etc).

    In all, I'm very pleased and don't think I'll be using that return policy.
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    Here's a built up banshee rune on ebay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Banshee-Rune-mou...#ht_500wt_1156

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    Quote Originally Posted by will-lee wonka
    Hey Magnum,

    You seem like you were on the fence about the Fezzari's like me.

    I purchased a Cascade Peak 2011 last week. I also upgraded to Mavic Crosstrails to get a lighter set of tubeless wheels.

    I took my first real ride yesterday down Mt. Lemmon here in Tucson.

    I'm very happy with the bike. It has way more ability than I have skill.

    I have been looking for a longer travel XC bike since I went to Outerbike last year. I LOVED the Santa Cruz Blur LT, but I didn't think it climbed all that great. I rode several other models, but had pretty much narrowed it down to the Trek Fuel EX8 (mainly because of the price compared to all of the other all mountain type bikes out there). I was able to ride the EX8 down Porcupine Rim at Outerbike, and although it's a great ride, it didn't convince me. So, I took another demo ride in Phoenix...same thing...not convinced.

    Considering the Fezz's have a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee, I figured why not go ahead and get it...and if I don't like it...return it.

    So, now that I have it, I think it's a very well performing bike.

    It climbed very well and descended great. It also seemed very light. I've tried to weigh it and it said 26.x lbs, but that can't be right, but it's lighter than my Trek Fuel 90 for sure (which is only a 3 inch travel bike with SID fork, carbon handlebars and Sram X-9 drivetrain).

    It bobs some, but no more than my Fuel or any other bike I've ridden (Santa Cruz, Trek, etc).

    In all, I'm very pleased and don't think I'll be using that return policy.

    Hey thanks for the input. It seems that almost every fezzari rider is telling me that it IS a really good bike! I'm being more and more convinced that the Fezzari Nebo Peak is the correct choice to go with

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnum703
    Hey thanks for the input. It seems that almost every fezzari rider is telling me that it IS a really good bike! I'm being more and more convinced that the Fezzari Nebo Peak is the correct choice to go with
    Just wanted to give you an update. I ordered the two fezzarri's on Thursday Feb 24 and they were both at my door Wednesday the 2nd. Both bikes were set up perfectly for the measurements I gave them. I haven't had a chance to mount any cameras and shoot footage cause all of my free time has been spent riding. Lol. I couldn't be more happy. If anyone is thinking about getting a fezzarri but is on the fence about it, don't think twice and buy one. I bought the rockshox remote seat post with the bike, its sweet. I recommend picking it up with the bike. They charged me 230 for the upgrade and $30 to put a 185mm disc up front instead of the 160mm. I'm 280 lbs so I wanted a bit more up front. anyways, there's an update for you. buy one.

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    For around $3000 I'd recommend the Specialized Enduro Comp.

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    Go for a slightly used Enduro Expert.
    There's a couple of them on Pink Bike right now for under 3K.

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    If it were me I would get a Yeti 575. You can get a decent build under 3k. The original all mountain bike. I tested one, and this is by far my favorite bike. Im saving my pennies.
    -It's time to shred some mild to moderate gnar!!

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    i did the build it yourself route. not easy unless you know exactly what your doing. i don't recommend it for your first bike.

    3k i would go the trek 8 or a giant reign 1.

    pick up a 2010 model now. ive seen giant reign 1 for 2100

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocwhiteboyoc
    Just wanted to give you an update. I ordered the two fezzarri's on Thursday Feb 24 and they were both at my door Wednesday the 2nd. Both bikes were set up perfectly for the measurements I gave them. I haven't had a chance to mount any cameras and shoot footage cause all of my free time has been spent riding. Lol. I couldn't be more happy. If anyone is thinking about getting a fezzarri but is on the fence about it, don't think twice and buy one. I bought the rockshox remote seat post with the bike, its sweet. I recommend picking it up with the bike. They charged me 230 for the upgrade and $30 to put a 185mm disc up front instead of the 160mm. I'm 280 lbs so I wanted a bit more up front. anyways, there's an update for you. buy one.

    Right on, got any pics or ride report?
    "Got everything you need?"

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    If I were to spend 3k, I would hope the bike had a little more cache than a specialized. meh.

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    +1 on the Yeti 575

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    did you ever decide on a bike or were you just wondering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocwhiteboyoc
    Just wanted to give you an update. I ordered the two fezzarri's on Thursday Feb 24 and they were both at my door Wednesday the 2nd. Both bikes were set up perfectly for the measurements I gave them. I haven't had a chance to mount any cameras and shoot footage cause all of my free time has been spent riding. Lol. I couldn't be more happy. If anyone is thinking about getting a fezzarri but is on the fence about it, don't think twice and buy one. I bought the rockshox remote seat post with the bike, its sweet. I recommend picking it up with the bike. They charged me 230 for the upgrade and $30 to put a 185mm disc up front instead of the 160mm. I'm 280 lbs so I wanted a bit more up front. anyways, there's an update for you. buy one.
    I had a Trek fuel 8 that I paid 2200 for last year, and I've had my 2010 Fezzari Cascade Peak for around 2 weeks now, that i paid 1800 for. Put about 60 miles on it, and I am hooked. It climbs like a mountain goat, and the pedal bob is minimal. It pedals so smooth I haven't even used the suspension lockouts. Their customer service was awesome when I was ordering, and I loved being able to call up the factory and talk to a person without having to go through a machine. These guys know their stuff and put out an awesome product. I would take it over the Trek any day.

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    Alright, I'm pretty sold on the Fezzari Peak. Thanks guys. Don't see any other bike beating it

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    Which one? They are all named after peaks ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by will-lee wonka
    Which one? They are all named after peaks ;-)
    Set on the Nebo Peak!

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    well......? did you buy one?

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    If I were you I would be more confused than ever reading this.

    I have a GT Force 3.0 and purchased it as my first full suspension. It looks like I will be upgrading to the Carbon Expert within the next month. My only complaint with my 3.0 is that it had sh#@y components You get what you pay for. No complaints on the suspension.

    Also, I will throw this in there.This is my opinion. The 69 head angle in my eyes is for someone who attacks the trail. It is a little twitcie on very slow terrain compared to my HT with less slack.

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    If you're in Canada you should at least take a peek at Opus. The Clutch 1 is attainable in the $3300 range and has a pretty bling parts spec. The Clutch 2 street price is under $3k. Not as swanky as the 1 but a pretty good spec all the same. The head angle is a degree slacker on the 1. Catalog frames but they're pretty nice. I have the predecessor to the Clutch (Maadh3). Even with a non-platform shock it pedals really well and hooks up nicely on technical climbs. The BB is lowish so despite a 69 degree HA it descends pretty well. Good bang for the buck.

    http://www.opusbike.com/en/bikes_6_18-18-clutch.html

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    I'll sell you my 09 Cdale moto4 for $2000, of course if you want to pay $3K that would be fine too.

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    Scott genius!!!!! I don't know ANY other company putting out a better spec'd bike for the money. 150mm all around, lockout from full to 95mm to 150mm front an back with the flip of a switch, full carbon main frame, fox talas fork, X9 components, xt crank, an here's the kicker..... 27lbs!!!

    http://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/pr...9/55551/217957

    By the way, since when was a trek fuel or stumpjumper in the ALL MOUNTAIN category? IMO it's a xc bike, through an through. I guess I'm kindof biased as... you get $h!t for specs with trek/specialized for the amount ofmoney you have to spend.
    Full time rider part time racer...

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    I just bought a 2011 Yeti 575 ($2800) from my LBS after a ton of research and I feel I made the right decision. Good Luck.

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