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    Best AM bike for US$3000

    Title says it all
    I curtently ride a 2015 Banshee Rune but am looking for a better all arounder.
    $3000 max for a complete bike
    Weight is important, but geometry is even more.
    Im 62 tall so slack seat angles are usually bad for climbing
    27.5 are my preference but 29 may be ok.
    Downhill and jumping abilities are important also, as I have a downhill/freeride background and in the end, thats what I like to do.
    140-150mm rear / 150mm front travel please.
    2017 close-outs are welcome also

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    Honestly there are so many great bikes around your price range

    really depends if you prefer on wrenching on your own bike or prefer someone else doing it for you

    If you are
    YT Jeffsy or Commencal Meta v4.2

    or if you prefer in store support
    Transition Patrol
    Diamondback relase4c - might not meet your rear wheel travel
    Giant trance
    Devinci Troy

    Consider a used bike?

    RM Altitude

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    I would consider a used bike... but I live in Brazil... I am going to Miami in January and would buy the bike there... Ill have a really short time there so a new bike would be more secure

    Ive found some used IBIS HD3 that really turned me on haha

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    Id give the trance a try.

    A downside is its a bit generic of a brand... the upside is the same thing, that lack of boutique image keeps the price down for what amounts to a really, really good bike.

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    Transition Patrol
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    Giant Trance or Reign. Reign was more fun in my opinion.

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    What about the 2017 Orbea Rallon X10
    160mm F/R
    1x XT drivetrain
    Fox suspension
    Seems to be very enduro also, like my current Banshee Rune, but the geometry tells me something different.
    Longer reach
    Steeper seat tube
    Lower BB
    Seems to be what I am looking for

    The 2018 Occam AM model seems to suit me better... but between the Rallon X10 2017 and the Occam AM X30 2018 for the same price... the Rallon X10 is a much better bike for the price

    But Im afraid I would be replacing my bike for something with the same "size" that I am running from

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    You might be able to find an Intense Recluse Foundation Build on closeout for $3K..
    Quote Originally Posted by balog View Post
    Title says it all
    I curtently ride a 2015 Banshee Rune but am looking for a better all arounder.
    $3000 max for a complete bike
    Weight is important, but geometry is even more.
    Im 62 tall so slack seat angles are usually bad for climbing
    27.5 are my preference but 29 may be ok.
    Downhill and jumping abilities are important also, as I have a downhill/freeride background and in the end, thats what I like to do.
    140-150mm rear / 150mm front travel please.
    2017 close-outs are welcome also

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    Enduro 650b?

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    Seems like you will have a real challenge buying a bike in a small window of opportunity in a place you dont live in and where the terrain may not be suited to test the bike relative to what you ride.

    My vote would be a rm altitude; however, I have no idea if there are any rm dealers in miami
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    Out of the bikes already talked about I have to say I really enjoy the devinci troy but give Guerilla Gravity a look. the megatrail (27.5) and the smash (29er) would be right in your wheelhouse (enduro machines).

    I have the megatrail and it is a great bike for all around use the 150/165 rear travel is a great combo! mostly ride in 150 for general riding but once it gets steep and rough I will change it over to 165. I have a 170mm MRP ribbon on the front and I have to say I am loving it. just a warning on the top tube it says I like goin' fast, and oh boy it eggs you on to go faster and faster every time you ride it no matter the terrain.

    the ride 2 build is 3300 so right at the top end of your budget.


    good luck bike hunting no matter what you end up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2zmtnz View Post
    Out of the bikes already talked about I have to say I really enjoy the devinci troy but give Guerilla Gravity a look. the megatrail (27.5) and the smash (29er) would be right in your wheelhouse (enduro machines).

    I have the megatrail and it is a great bike for all around use the 150/165 rear travel is a great combo! mostly ride in 150 for general riding but once it gets steep and rough I will change it over to 165. I have a 170mm MRP ribbon on the front and I have to say I am loving it. just a warning on the top tube it says I like goin' fast, and oh boy it eggs you on to go faster and faster every time you ride it no matter the terrain.

    the ride 2 build is 3300 so right at the top end of your budget.


    good luck bike hunting no matter what you end up with.
    I have the Shred Dogg which is the shorter travel version of the Megatrail and its a phenomenal bike.

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    You can buy the entry level Transition Scout for that price. Ticks all your boxes.

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    Trek Remedy 8 is $3300 with a pretty nice spec (GX Eagle, Lyrik fork).
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    6'4" 210lbs...just ordered a 2017 XL Kona Process 153 NEW for $2300. They only had L and XL models left (Cambriabike.com). That's 40% off retail. Not sure when it will be here but great price. Not known to be great for climbing but not necessarily a dog either...150+ front and rear with longer cockpit for bigger guys.

    For my riding (CT, Maine, VT) I think it will be great. I ran into a guy on the trail Sunday riding same bike. He has had it for a year and loves it but is selling for the redesigned 2018 model. He said guys are getting $2500 for them used.
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