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    favorite discontinued AM bikes?

    As i comb through classifieds keeping an eye out for a solid used AM bike, I am keeping a spreadsheet of different bike models and year, specs, sizes, so i can have a running reference sheet for major differences in some of the bikes i find.

    Im doing a lot of the research and comparison with manufacturer websites, but plenty of bikes get discontinued or replaced with something nearly identicle. For example, the specialized pitch.

    What are some of your favs that arent in the companies lineup anymore?

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    Cannondale Prophet - Circa 2007

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    Evil sovereign, v1

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    Evil sovereign, v1
    havent ridden the v1 but i love the newest version. Indy21 was selling a med frame in the sovereign thread a little while ago...

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    I will vote for my ride, the Yeti ASR7. It is a beast and a whole lot of fun.

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    I actually don't have tons of experience with a wide variety of AM bikes, but from personal experience and by word of mouth, I know that nearly everyone who ever rode an enduro (of any year) has found it quite solid. Pre-2005 the design was very different, but still capable for its time. The 2005-2007s are the ones I had lots of experience with. And the variations since 2007 have gotten lots of positive reviews.

    Depending on the components, that frame can be anything from a slightly overweight XC bike to a light FR bike. (although if you are a competitive racer or weight weenie, you will consider it more than slightly overweight regardless of the build)
    You better just go ahead and drop that seatpost down to the reflector... the trail gets pretty rough down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfruits View Post
    havent ridden the v1 but i love the newest version. Indy21 was selling a med frame in the sovereign thread a little while ago...
    I have enough v1 sovereigns to last a lifetime (!).

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    +1 on the pitch, I am so hard on my bike and yet it keeps asking for more, from the gnarliest rock gardens, to the tames xc trail then up to the resorts with massive jumps this bike can do it all. Not the lightest, but it's not a total pig either. Mine is 31 lbs with some beefed up parts, ( 720 mm bars, DH stem, 2.4 tires).
    I bought mine nearly new for just under 1 grand...

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    santa cruz butcher.
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    specialized pitch pro

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6bobby9 View Post
    Cannondale Prophet - Circa 2007
    +1!

    Right there with ya! My '07 Prophet 3Z is a great all around'er ... set it at 67.5 and forget it. Downhills nicely and is a solid climber.
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    Another happy Prophet rider here. Mine is a 2006 model.

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    Re: favorite discontinued AM bikes?

    I have a 2005 Iron Horse MK3, it's now my second bike, great for climbing and bombing down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    I will vote for my ride, the Yeti ASR7. It is a beast and a whole lot of fun.

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    +1 The ASR 7 is an amazing bike. That bike has "Made For Moab" written all over it.

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    I'd have to add:

    Titus Super Moto
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    Quote Originally Posted by titusquasi View Post
    +1 The ASR 7 is an amazing bike. That bike has "Made For Moab" written all over it.
    +2, superb bike!!!
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    Ill add Chumba Evo to the mix

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    RE: favorite discontinued AM bikes?

    Corsair Marque. Way ahead of its time as far as geo is concerned.
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    My favorite was my 203 giant ac 2. This is not my bike but here are some pics.
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    I liked how the rear travel was adjustable. I guess the Giant reign replaced it and that is why I now have a reign. I had a lot of fun and fond memories on the ac.

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    08/09 Titus el Guapo, always wanted to try the Turner Highline

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    not enough actually old bikes here! my favorite is the Balfa 2-step (this one is an 03), so,so far ahead of it's time and i still love this bike to this day. she's been built as a 42lb mini-DH to a 34lb AM rig as pictured

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    IronHorse 6point. 83mm bottom bracket, 150mm rear end, DW Link suspension and the ability to be built up light, but stiff and strong.

    I still have my '08 6point8 which has outlasted my '09 Fuel, '09 Trance X, '10 Reign, '12 Blur TRC, '10 Enduro, '12 Stumpy Evo. I did modify the frame by milling it to 30.9 to take a Reverb, short-shocked it, gave it some different paint and rode the hell out of it.

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    Yeah, loads of pics because it's a stellar ride.
    I sold the fork off my '13 Mach5.7c and haven't recieved the replacement yet so I rode the 6point yesterday and while it doesn't have the 'racey sprint' feel of the Mach5.7c I can't help but grin every time I ride the 6point whether I'm climbing or descending.

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    another vote for the butcher

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    Another vote for the 6 point or 7 point. Had a 6 for a while and now I ride a 7 point. Either one is super fun to ride and can handle everything so well.

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    Balfa 2step is one of the great bike that were so ahead of their time..
    I found one lately that i've built for my step bros. It handle just as good has my Canfield bros one first gen, wich is another that should have stayed that way instead of becoming what it is now.
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    favorite discontinued AM bikes?

    Another vote for the Turner RFX
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    Marin Attack Trail with it's love it or hate it looks but especially the Quad Link 2 design which is terrific
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    My votes are for the Iron Horse 7 Point and '08 El Guapo.

    Also will add the older Kona Coilers............so much fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by titusquasi View Post
    +1 The ASR 7 is an amazing bike. That bike has "Made For Moab" written all over it.
    Never owned one, but the ASR 7 was a very cool bike. I ultimately went Enduro last time I was in the bike market, and haven't looked back, but I'm a little sad that I will probably never get to have an ASR 7.
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    Jamis Dakar XLT 2.0

    Still riding it today, I love it!
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    Discontinued Bikes

    I own 2 discontinued bikes - Cannondale Prophet and Titus Motolite. Motolite still going strong. Prophet was retired to a place of prominance on my garage wall as industrial art.
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    +1 Quad Link 2.0, Attack Trail or Mount Vision!

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    Quote Originally Posted by innovator8 View Post
    I have a 2005 Iron Horse MK3, it's now my second bike, great for climbing and bombing down.
    +1 on the MKIII! DW Link! Loved that bike. I, unfortunately, had the dreaded rear triangle crack.
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    Not many truly old bikes listed here!

    How about the first truly effective FS design, the Cannondale Super-V? '96 Vintage single-pivot design that wasn't very different from what they were using a decade later.



    A little drilling, cutting, mix-and-match later and I've got a 30lb bike with 6" travel at both ends. Since that photo was taken I've added SLX cranks and gotten the fork rebuilt. The shock is getting PUSHed when my income tax return arrives, and then the bike is "done"!

    I need to take a picture from the drive-side to show off the 1x9 setup.
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    2007 Kona Coiler Deluxe. Now many companies come out with its geometry as something radically new and improved. 65.7 head angle with 160mm fork, 6" travel. DHX 4 coil shock. 13.7" BB. 23.2" top tube on medium. Perfectly sorted out.

    I still have it, with parts from other bikes upgrades to to keep as a spare - but did not ride it in a more then a year, with my other stable taking the riding time. Prolly should sell it.

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    Haro Xeon.
    You either "got" the bike or you didn't.
    I understood and loved that bike... too bad Haro pulled up stakes in the MTB world.
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    Re: favorite discontinued AM bikes?

    Tomac Snyper 140. Sad day when the whole company went under. Again.... If I had the cash I would have bought a spare for when mine died.

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    I'd have to go with the Transition Preston. Probably the best short travel (5") AM/Freeride bikes I've ever ridden. It was a tank, but super stiff, and handled fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSabarese View Post
    Still riding it today, I love it!
    I got an XLT 1.0 that I converted to a singlespeed with a YESS tensioner. It's my go-to bike for all coastal canyon/mesa trail rides in So Cal.

    And for another nominee, my 04 Ellsworth Joker, which weighs just under 29 lb.s in a L frame and has 7" of rear wheel travel. I only ride it when I have a long climb in the ride.

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    2007 Giant Reign
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSteel View Post
    Haro Xeon.
    You either "got" the bike or you didn't.
    I understood and loved that bike... too bad Haro pulled up stakes in the MTB world.
    I just sold a new Haro Xeon "S" at the Seattle Bike Swap. Pretty incredible design, central BB pivot, and mad hydroforming!!!

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    I got a 2005 Prophet that just wont quit. Got it on 69 degrees for tight AM

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    i like my intense slopestyle. 66 head angle and straight seat tube, fd compatible, 135 or 150 spacing. Got custom dropouts to slacken it out, sitting at 65 degrees for better handling of the steeps... great bike

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    The Yeti ASR-7! I have had several all mountain bikes including a carbon Nomad and this bike is by far the best I have ever owned! I am so glad I never sold the frame while trying others! It was voted by BIKE magazine as the "most fun to ride AM bike" and that was over The Nomad and Enduro!favorite discontinued AM bikes?-p4pb9176078.jpgfavorite discontinued AM bikes?-p4pb9216575.jpg

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    Trek scratch coil. Great beefy bike. The slash is a better all rounder but that scratch was a better descender and big hit bike.

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    Yeti ASR 7. Been a great ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtvet View Post
    I own 2 discontinued bikes - Cannondale Prophet and Titus Motolite. Motolite still going strong. Prophet was retired to a place of prominance on my garage wall as industrial art.
    DirtVet,

    Hey....we have re-introduced the Hammerhead Bike Brand....our first model is essentially a 29er Version of the old Titus MotoLite. I used to work for Titus back in the day and always loved that bike!

    Check it here if you have interest Austin's Dirty Little Secret - Hammerhead Bicycles

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiskEverything View Post
    Not many truly old bikes listed here!

    How about the first truly effective FS design, the Cannondale Super-V? '96 Vintage single-pivot design that wasn't very different from what they were using a decade later.



    A little drilling, cutting, mix-and-match later and I've got a 30lb bike with 6" travel at both ends. Since that photo was taken I've added SLX cranks and gotten the fork rebuilt. The shock is getting PUSHed when my income tax return arrives, and then the bike is "done"!

    I need to take a picture from the drive-side to show off the 1x9 setup.
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    Gotta throw my hat in the game......

    Miss the old SC Bullit......versatile AM/FR rig.



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    Santa Cruz Nickel.
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    I love my Bullit, seconded hard.
    Anybody know what happened to Canfield's The One? it's no longer on the website. I hope we don't have to add it to this thread...
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    Yeti sb66 are discontinued now I think, and I think santa Cruz blur too, both bikes I've lusted for

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    Canfield's venerable The One. Best do-anything bike I've ever been on.
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    favorite discontinued AM bikes?

    It seems my current bike is now discontinued, so it qualifies. Nicolai Helius AM. 170mm, just spot on handling, stiff, and you get to pick any color you want. Well, before it was replaced with all the 650 goodies and stuff you could.
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    2005 Foes FXR with Manitou Sherman, Curnutt forever!
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    Oh man... cool thread idea. Lots of bikes I've owned (Bullit), currently own (The One) and still considering to buy (Butcher/Nickel) - shows I'm behind the times.

    People are adding good other old wants too... El Guapo for example.

    I'm surprised no-one has mentioned the venerable Maverick bikes. They really were far ahead of the AM mindset. I still love my DUC32s w/ 2 in my fleet....

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    It's a real shame they discontinued a lot of these frames. I really like my old Joker, which btw is an '05 frame, although I don't believe there's any significant difference between the 04 and the 05 models. I works extremely well with a Manitou Swinger 3 Way Air shock. Pedals great, and 7" of rear wheel travel. I set it with 1" of sag on the travel, and it's buttery smooth on the trail, and it climbs very well. No levers to flip, or nothin'.

    Single pivots might be out-dated, but they can work extremely well of they're designed and set up right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdawg21892 View Post
    I love my Bullit, seconded hard.
    Anybody know what happened to Canfield's The One? it's no longer on the website. I hope we don't have to add it to this thread...
    Don't think I ever saw an official death notice or reason from Canfield, but my understanding is that The One has been "replaced" by the new Balance coming out this year.

    I use quotes for "replaced", as those are my words, since from what I've read the Balance will serve a different niche than The One. I have a feeling that the new Balance will be closer to what many people think of as an All-Mountain bike, whereas, I think The One leans a little more toward downhill on the spectrum than your average AM bike.

    I bought one of the last The Ones last fall. Sometimes I find myself walking out to the garage just to stare at my The One! Love that bike, but I don't think I'd cry over having to "settle" for a Balance though.

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    favorite discontinued AM bikes?

    I'm not a big fan of specialized but my friend has the Pitch which was a pretty capable bike. It seems many others agree. The giant reign, I doubt the trance X "replaced" it. I hope they keep the reign x and give it some carbon.


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    favorite discontinued AM bikes?

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    I do miss my Butcher from time to time. I also miss Iron Horse's old DW link trail bikes.
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    favorite discontinued AM bikes?

    GT sanction....... Love mine still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    GT sanction....... Love mine still.
    This. Don't own one but a friend does and man is that a great bike. I don't envy him on climbs but going down that bike is just awesome. If I ever find a good deal on one I'd snap it up in a heartbeat.

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    I would like to have owned a Marin Rocky Ridge...favorite discontinued AM bikes?-marinrockyridge-670-80.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike H. View Post
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    No thanks, I like the discontinued version.
    My bike, Slayer 70

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTSession View Post
    I also miss Iron Horse's old DW link trail bikes.
    Me too. I wish they could have worked out the issues with the MKIII's cracking (and the flexing) because IMO it ws the best geometry and suspension on any bike I've owned for trail/am (including the DW-Link 5-Spot I am on now)

    I wish I had jumped on a 6-Point a few years ago.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    The whole Iron Horse brand. Always wanted a 6 point. Too bad about the brand. Now I could go to Wal-mart and pick up a 'Sinister'. Oh well. Seem so many vids from the late '00s of people shredding serious trail on 6s or 7s. They had their day.

    Otherwise my vote goes to the Cannondale Prophet or SC Blur LT.

    Oh and sweet uber V! There are a couple of guys rocking modded Vs on my local trails.

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    favorite discontinued AM bikes?

    Quote Originally Posted by twd953 View Post
    Don't think I ever saw an official death notice or reason from Canfield, but my understanding is that The One has been "replaced" by the new Balance coming out this year.

    I use quotes for "replaced", as those are my words, since from what I've read the Balance will serve a different niche than The One. I have a feeling that the new Balance will be closer to what many people think of as an All-Mountain bike, whereas, I think The One leans a little more toward downhill on the spectrum than your average AM bike.

    I bought one of the last The Ones last fall. Sometimes I find myself walking out to the garage just to stare at my The One! Love that bike, but I don't think I'd cry over having to "settle" for a Balance though.
    Aww, I really wanted one of those!
    Seems like all the long travel am bikes are being phased out.



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    Quote Originally Posted by twd953 View Post
    Don't think I ever saw an official death notice or reason from Canfield, but my understanding is that The One has been "replaced" by the new Balance coming out this year.

    I use quotes for "replaced", as those are my words, since from what I've read the Balance will serve a different niche than The One. I have a feeling that the new Balance will be closer to what many people think of as an All-Mountain bike, whereas, I think The One leans a little more toward downhill on the spectrum than your average AM bike.

    I bought one of the last The Ones last fall. Sometimes I find myself walking out to the garage just to stare at my The One! Love that bike, but I don't think I'd cry over having to "settle" for a Balance though.
    I'm not being replaced nor getting discontinued

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    Another vote for Turner RFX, should never has sold mine, perhaps not as good on the clock compared to more modern geometry or suspenion, but still the best handling and fun bike I have owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwyooaj View Post
    santa cruz butcher.
    yes. This.

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    Originally posted by dwyooaj:
    "Santa cruz butcher"
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    yes. This.
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    Giant Warp. May not have been a true AM bike, but it had 5 inches in 2002 and I rode it like an AM bike. Lusted after a VT, but ended up with a Reign.
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    Any of the Kona Stinky bikes.

    Strong (if a bit porky) frames, pedaling friendly geometry and an affordable price tag.

    I've got a Stinky Six that I'd dressed up in DH drag, but I'm considering paring it back down to a more enduro or AM costume - really the only things I'd have to do are change the tires, rear shock and fork.
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    I loved the Banshee Chaparral I had a couple of years ago. Still wish I hadn't sold it.


    *Not my bike, but very similar

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    Does an SC Heckler 26" count?
    Pretty versatile bike, but dead simple.

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    I had a 99-00 era Gt XCR-Le with a option long travel coil shock conversion, Marz Jr.t and a bunch of other goodie's that was a total blast to ride. Sold it to fund some other stuff and wish I never did. It was always a fun go anywhere bike. If it popped up locally I'd probly grab it back up again.

    I also has a Kona Stinky that was a blast to rail around. Sold that one to a friend that swore he was going to start riding. Hasnt been out once.
    I like to fart when I'm in front of you on a climb

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    Quote Originally Posted by woofer2609 View Post
    Does an SC Heckler 26" count?
    Pretty versatile bike, but dead simple.
    And to be quite frank, its now Simply Dead
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    Love my Specialized Pitch Pro...and both my sons have 26" Hecklers...I'm building up my dream santa cruz carbon nomad, but I'll keep the Pitch (and my boy's Hecklers) for their versatility...

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    I was a fan of both the Versus Blitz II and the Banshee Chaparral. Both of them were so overbuilt and heavy. My Pivot Firebird will run circles around both of them both up and down, but man, at the time, they were so cool. I stole this pic off the forums.
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