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    First trail bike

    I am in the market for my first trail/all mountain FS bike. I am currently riding an Airborne Goblin HT. I am looking in the 2k price range. What are some suggestions for a bike? I know very little on FS bikes, but keep reading and learning more. Thanks for the advice.


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    How much travel do you want/need? 29, 27.5?

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    Have a look at the Marin Hawk Hill and Rift Zone 2. Also, slightly above budget, the Canyon Spectral and YT Jeffsy.

    Things you might look for, Boost spacing front and rear (may yield freedom to upgrade wheels), 1x drivetrain (DeOre 1x10, NX1x11 and up). Also, 67ish degree headtube angle is somewhat indicative of "modern" trail geometry.

    You'll see some closeouts/last-years/prior years models without those features, and some may be a great deal based on other features, but those are kind of the latest and greatest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d365 View Post
    How much travel do you want/need? 29, 27.5?
    I ride 29er now. I am 64 210lbs. I need to find a lbs the has a 27.5 to demo


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    I'm in the same boat as you are. I'm currently riding a HT, and considering the move to FS, but I'm decidedly a bit of a cheapskate, so I'm not willing to drop big money on something I'm not sure I'll really want longterm yet.

    In that price range, I think you're looking at a fair number of direct sales models (companies that don't have a physical store/you can't really find at your local bike shop). This lets them sell things for cheaper, so they represent good value.

    Here are some of the models I've been looking into.

    YT Jeffsey
    Diamondback Release
    Canyon Spectral
    Specialized Stumpjumper ST

    Most are at or just over the price bracket you have listed, and include most of the things called out by others as desirable (1x drivetrain, boost spacing, trail geometry, etc).

    Good luck on the hunt .

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    The Giant Trance usually has a pretty good option just a little over $2K. You might include that in your search. Lots of shops are blowing out 2018 models right now, so a little haste might find you a little nicer bike that you initially set out to find.

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    Again, Marin.

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    If you want your new bike right now, the Marin seems a great option. We're moving into the deals section of the year though so if you can wait a bit, you can potentially get a good deal on leftover models from this year and a GREAT deal on leftover 2017s.

    Two years ago, I bought a 2015 a Santa Cruz Bronson C S build (retail 4799 I think) for under your budget. I got lucky, but the point is that if you're flexible and decisive (and given how good almost all bikes are now, it's not as risky), you can find some more expensive bikes creeping into your range.

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    Tsali is in your area. Flowy with speed not tech.
    I'd look at a 2019 Scott Spark. Compatible with 29x2.6 tires.

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