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    Advice on AM Frame under $2000

    Hello,
    I have been doing a lot of online research into an AM build.
    However I cannot make a decision. I would appreciate some input as to your preferences.

    So far, I have considered 1) Iron Horse 6 point 6, 2) GT Sanction 3.0, 3) Diamondback Mission 3

    i am 6'3" 220lbs so i need a big bike.
    I am on a strict budget of no more than $2000.00.
    I already have a current XC that I have morphed into an AM but the frame is just not cutting it.

    Thanks

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    If the only thing that you really don't like is the frame then why don't you use your 2 g's to buy a really nice frame and then cannibalize that bike to build it up instead of buying a so so complete bike?

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    thanks bad news, but as the title suggests i am only looking to upgrade the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geezracer
    thanks bad news, but as the title suggests i am only looking to upgrade the frame.
    ????

    he said to buy a new frame, strip old bike of all components, put them on new frame.

    An added step could be to ebay old frame.

    how is that against the thread???

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdole
    ????

    he said to buy a new frame, strip old bike of all components, put them on new frame.

    An added step could be to ebay old frame.

    how is that against the thread???
    you lost me there bobdole...

    I understood what he was suggesting. But it did not answer the question i was asking.

    I am looking for advise or personal preference on an All-Mountain Frame.
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    i would not buy the sanction. I had a force and it was a nightmare. Other than that I have no idea what you really should do. If it were me i'd be looking at getting more than a frame. I'd want to go for a new fork as well. That being said I'd shoot for a frame in the 1300-1500 range and pick up a new fork to go with it.

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    Trnasition Covert ~1500, pretty decent feed back
    Santa Cruz Heckler ~1200, defacto all mountain frame, loved mine

    I would stay away from Iron Horse. I would just go with the Heckler.

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    Thanks minimusprime
    That is a possibility, but i like my Revelation.

    Do you have better fork in mind?
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    Thanks MaddSquirrel,
    I was just checking out the Transition, looks pretty sweet.
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    you could get a nice Santa Cruz Heckler anodized, BLT2 or Nomad, and still have some money left????

    Chumba Evo and still have some money left.....

    Yeti ASX....575....

    Many nice choices

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBW
    you could get a nice Santa Cruz Heckler anodized, BLT2 or Nomad, and still have some money left????

    Chumba Evo and still have some money left.....

    Yeti ASX....575....

    Many nice choices
    Thanks BBW
    great suggestions!
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    Does the Heckler come with a 1.5" or 1.125" Head Tube?
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    For these you might wont a fork with more travel.
    Transition Covert V2- Said above.
    2010 Specialized Enduro SL Expert Frame- $2,200 with adjust. seat post and Fox RP2BV
    2010 Giant Reign X-$1400 With DHX 5.0 Air
    Hope this Helps

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    Thanks PNW, everything helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geezracer
    Thanks minimusprime
    That is a possibility, but i like my Revelation.

    Do you have better fork in mind?
    I personally have a fox talas 36 rc2, so i am partial to that. However I recently had some experience a uturn lyric that was very positive. I was a little rusty on my revelation specs but after looking it up that fork will prob do you just fine. For the way I ride I had to look into something with 35-36mm stanchions and a 20mm axle as I use my bike with 2.5" tires as a sort of DH bike (lift accessed riding) 5-10 times a year.

    I currently use a pitch pro as my AM steed but if I were looking to build up from the ground on a budget similar to yours.

    I'd go with a yeti asx, transition, santa cruz blur, heckler or nomad. Maybe a used turner 5 spot if you can managed to find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geezracer
    you lost me there bobdole...

    I understood what he was suggesting. But it did not answer the question i was asking.

    I am looking for advise or personal preference on an All-Mountain Frame.
    indeed.

    Prophet.

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    Thanks minimusprime,
    Sounds like a sweet rig! Probably a little more aggressive than i am looking to achieve.
    I am leaning towards the Heckler...
    Does anyone have a line on a good Heckler retailer? I checked out CO Cycles and Mojo Cycles but they did not have any frames in stock, HucknRoll semed quite overpriced compared to the others.

    Has anyone ever done business with Phat Tire Cycles?
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    I've bought tires from Phat tire on several occasions and really liked doing business with them. They've been around for a while and if they had a bike I wanted I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them. I'd go for the Nomad though. It's a great bike, but you'll need to move up to a 160mm fork. I'm running a U-Turn Lyrik on my Nomad and love it. Either way Nomad or Heckler I'm sure you'll love your new bike.

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    Heckler is 1 1/8 headtube. For online SC purchases Speedgoat cannot be beat. They have a few hecklers and Blur LT2 frames on clearance.

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    check out the bike reviews, make a list of bikes u want, then try the mtbr classifieds, craigslist, or ebay. if u don't need the bike right away u could take ur time a find a great deal. many people sell their bikes in late fall or winter for less than in the summer. i bought a Yeti ASX (frame and fork) for $350 last year. i was able to build up the whole bike for $600. amazing bike, great balance, and very versitile. i do not ride my xc bike anymore. i might be slow going up hill but on twist and turns, single track, rocky terrian, bike park, and downhill much more confidence riding hard or as fast as i can.
    before u choose a bike look at where u are riding most and pick a bike to suit that terrian (bike park, singletrack, dh, smooth trails, or freeride) then pick a bike to suit you.
    my personal favs are Yeti, Transition, Banshee.

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    Thanks everyone, I appreciate your time.
    Thanks MaddSquirrel Scapegoat seems to be as claimed!
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    From my personal choice... Yeti 575... Santa Cruz Blur LT (non carbon)...
    I would recommend Intense Tracer VP or Turner 5 Spot too... but those are little over from your budget... Pivot Mach 5 also great bike...
    They could take 140mm fork...

    Btw, I love my 575... Happy hunting!

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    I have a sanction and like it, Going to do the same sort of thing that are you are going to do to get ither a canondale moto or a pivot firebird. I really like the geo of the sanction but i blow threw mid travel and bottom out all the time if i set air to be not beat my kidneys and be plusher. If i set to take bigger hits it feels almost like a hard tail at speed over small to mid hits. 2.9 to 1 leverage ratio on a air shock is a real ***** to tune. Maybe a coil in the future.

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    Thought about a Canfield One ? Check sicklines.com for a review on that bad boy. Those who have ridden them love them. The boys have a few left so take a look.

    PM me, I know where you can get a Titus El Guapo 08 brand new. I know several guys killing it on this frame. I like the Canfield more though for the record. The new Giant Reign X0 is a seriously sweet AM bike....I rode it for the first time the other day at Go Ride in SLC.

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    Canfield has some really sweet deals right now!!! Can't go wrong there.

    I ride a 160MM travel Morewood Mbuzi that I was able to get direct with a Fox DHX for $1850 shipped. Love it and would suggest it as well. Call them and see if they have anymore.

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