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    *** Update: Bike Purchased. All Mountain bike for short/light person (5'6" 145lb)

    So here's the deal: I've been riding a custom build Giant XTC 17" hardtail for way too long, and i want to upgrade to a full suspension.

    I do mostly XC riding (i.e. lots of climbing and fast descents). However, when i'm ripping downhill, my hard tail is all over the place and i want something more stable.

    I'm a huge fan of light-weight bikes, but i realize i'm going to have to sacrifice a little to get some travel in the rear. Over time, i built my hardtail to weigh in just over 22lbs.

    My current set-up:
    Giant XTC Frame 17"
    Manitou Fork (80mm travel)
    Sram 2x10 set-up
    Spinergy Spox 26" Wheels

    I don't need my fully to be super light weight, but i think given the weight of myself (145lbs) it's an absolute must to keep it under 30lbs.

    The terrain i'm riding isn't super rutty, but i love drops and riding my bike hard.. until it eventually kicks and rides me :/ (the joys of riding hardtail).

    I really don't know how much travel i need. I'm going to do a drop-seatpost so i can be more aggressive on the dh, but other than that i'm lost. I know i should go demo a few bikes, but quite frankly i don't have the time, and San Francisco sucks for this reason.

    Any help/suggestions/questions are welcomed... Thank you!


    ** EDIT: I should also add i'm really only looking to spend <$2,000 on one.. and i have some patience to look/shop for a used bike to get more for my money. Also i'm not getting any bigger at my age... maybe just ~5lbs over the next 5/10 years.
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    I don't really have any specific suggestions for you as I'm not quite sure what you like to ride but I will say this: Don't get too hung up on the weight of your bike/components. I am the exact same size you are and ride a 31lb trail bike. Every bike I have owned has gotten heavier than the last: 22lb hardtail, 25lb xc full-susp, and now my current 31lb rig. I ride way faster on the 31lb bike than I ever could of dreamed of riding on the others.

    I buy burly parts as I want the bike to be able to be ridden hard w/o much worry of something failing on me.

    For your first FS bike, I would look into something that has around 120mm suspension front and back, top tube around 23", and a headangle around 67-68*

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    I ride a lot of tight, technical single-track with a lot of climbing. I start/stop in the same place, so equal amounts of up & downs.

    The most "abusive" riding is large rocky descents with small(er) drops (4-5ft.). I want to be able to plow through a lot of this, and i want a bike to handle it without going overboard.

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    So you want around 5 inches (or more) of travel and light. Hope you are ready to pony up. Light weight bikes cost. I think my hardtail is around 30 and my FS is a little more (even after I took of front derailer, shifter and big and small chain ring).

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    Sounds like a heckler will fit your needs in many categories

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    Quote Originally Posted by micky View Post
    So you want around 5 inches (or more) of travel and light. Hope you are ready to pony up. Light weight bikes cost. I think my hardtail is around 30 and my FS is a little more (even after I took of front derailer, shifter and big and small chain ring).
    I think given my personal weight, I can in turn save a few lbs in weight on the bike (I.e. no need for a burley wheel-set). I'm still looking to spend less than $2k, and I'd actually rather prefer to buy used so I can get more for my money. Thoughts?

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    If you can swap over everything besides fork, frame and post you'll be in much better shape to meet that light bike wish.

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    I thought about doing this but I'd rather keep my hardtail.

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    So... Ended up with this beauty. I'm going to swap out the stem with a 80mm, but everything else should be good to go. Got it for a steal!
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    Nice Man, don't be afraid to go shorter on the stem either 60-70mm. I run a 45mm

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