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    Bike Suggestions, let the opinions flow

    I live in Southern California. We don't have ski lifts really. I have to bike up and down. Your Challenge, give me a bike with comparable climbing and descending abilities as the Trek Slash 7 at the slash 7 price of about $3,700. Keep in mind, this is pretty much a trail bike for downhillers, and thats what i'm looking for, because i already have my XC/Trail bike. If Santa Cruz had a Alloy Nomad I would get that, but i can't afford the carbon. And here is an additional challenge, it has to fit me, at 6'2" with a 6'4" wingspan.

    Do you accept the challenge?

    Also, I really do want something with 160mm travel front and rear, not less, not more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasF View Post
    I live in Southern California. We don't have ski lifts really. I have to bike up and down. Your Challenge ...
    Do you accept the challenge?

    Also, I really do want something with 160mm travel front and rear, not less, not more.
    You may want to reconsider the conditions of your challenge once you hear about Big Bear Snow Summit

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    Devinci Spartan is a ringer at that price range.
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    How about the On-one Codeine? I can't say much about the bike in the real world but I have somewhat drooled over it on a computer screen.

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    why not buy the Slash?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nauc View Post
    why not buy the Slash?
    IDK. i'm putting it to the test. I've got a few weeks of summer to work before I can buy it, during this time I might as well see if ANYTHING is comparable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zuarte View Post
    You may want to reconsider the conditions of your challenge once you hear about Big Bear Snow Summit

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    IDK... big bear doesn't seem that great... have you been? how was it?

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    in your price range there isn't much else. If you had an extra $1000, then your options would be, as I'm sure you know, far more open and include some truly spectacular bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasF View Post
    IDK... big bear doesn't seem that great... have you been? how was it?
    Big Bear is awesome for being something close to everyone in Socal. The only other option is making the drive all the way to Mammoth. There's only a few trails so far in Big Bear, and there's no technical dh stuff yet, but its all super flowy speed trails. Tons of fun. You can ride the whole place on a cheap hardtail if you wanted to, but a FS lets you experience it at the right pace.

    Hard to say it isn't great before you've tried it. Go and see.
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    How about the Yeti sb66? You can get a pretty nice build for $3400-3700 at competitve cyclist and they have long top tubes. I've not owned one but have ridden one and would take it just as fast as my old Nomad.

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    That's very true. The 66 is a super fun, fast bike. I rode one for a demo day in Moab, and it was incredibly agile. Great bike in all aspects. If it fits in your budget, I'd take that over a Slash any day of the week.
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    Why would you let anybody pick your bike for you? that's like letting them pick your wife!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHFWIC View Post
    Why would you let anybody pick your bike for you? that's like letting them pick your wife!
    He asked for suggestions. Have you never met a couple who were introduced to each other by some friends? What we are doing is the same thing

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    Wait for the Aluminum Nomad.

    Slash looks like a fun ride.
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    XL carbon SB-66's for $4k at Backcountry.

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    4k for a carbon 66?!! Dang, that is a screaming deal. And it's an XTR/XT build! To this day the SB-66 is probably the fastest handling bike I've ever ridden due to that low and lean geometry. It's an absolute rocket on tight, twisty downhills, and it jumps well too.
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    Banshee Rune? If it rides like anything like my Spitfire, it will be a rocketship, and my large Spitfire has a very roomy cockpit.
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    i've always been in between yeti and the trek. and my LBS just stopped carrying yeti, so i was forced to choose between trek, pivot or specialized. so i went trek because a comparable pivot is too expensive.

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    you guys aren't making my life easier. gaah now i have to check to see if they have them in XL. i'll go yeti, i even have a DH jersey that's yeti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zuarte View Post
    You may want to reconsider the conditions of your challenge once you hear about Big Bear Snow Summit

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    That looks so good.

    As for bikes check out Knolly Warden, Mondraker Dune, Evil Uprising, Kona D153

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    If your budget is the same as a Slash 7, then there are a lot of choices. The Yeti SB-66 would be an awesome choice so +2 on that puppy. A Giant Reign X1 is around $3800. I got to ride one on a weekend and it surprised me on how capable of a climber it was. The Specialized Enduro Comp is also in the price range. So is the Norco Range Alloy 7.1. You have plenty of options.

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