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    Heavy Duty AM Bike?

    G'day you lot,

    Thought you might like to give some thought to a heavy duty AM bike.

    I already have a Prophet 3 - but am getting into bigger and faster and want something a bit more capable.

    Trouble is - she still has to pedal. Most of the downhill/semi downhill/light free ride tracks require up to an hour of climbing/pedalling to get to (and at 43 i dont want to spin a downhill rig)

    Yeah, yeah.....i'd buy a flash nomad or some such, but this is definitely a second bike, and will probably even go second hand.

    Was thinking along the lines of an older Kona Stinky or Coiler. Maybe an older Heckler?

    Must pedal reasonably well - but be tuffer than the Prophet

    Any ideas?

    Cheers,

    Jawry

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    Giant Reign X
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    ever think about maybe a ht. i have an iron horse ht that i use as my second bike to my fr/dh bike. and i can pedal it all day, and still hit absolulty everything i can on my bighit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickabeans
    ever think about maybe a ht. i have an iron horse ht that i use as my second bike to my fr/dh bike. and i can pedal it all day, and still hit absolulty everything i can on my bighit.
    I'm hearin' ya - have thought long and hard about a Camelion (or steel equiv) with a good fork. But the 43 yo back keeps sayin' ouch. Also, have not had the chance to try a suitable HT.

    Back to full suss - thoughts on a 'dale gemini (love the looks and feedback through various sites)

    Iain

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    Reign

    Reign, I also have the Prophet and have owned a Gemini ....and also a Reign ....And i am looking for another Reign frame, they are hard to beat and can be a reasonable weight the suspension is superb compared to The (insert Name)

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    rocky mountain slayer or slayer sxc
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    Coilair

    i've ridden it alongside a prophet and it's quite burly in comparison. it's actually a little too burly for me so i am looking to sell it for a transition covert. it still pedals relatively well and bombs on the ugly stuff.

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    Specialized Enduro is a nice bike soild bike with square tubes and nice cold forgings. I have a 05 enduro expert myself, it takes drops very well and goes uphill. I some times wish I would have gotten an SX Trail with the coil spring and fork which gives a bit of extra travel and beefyness, allthough its heavier.

    I would have gotten this or the Regin X

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    yeah, SX Trail or Reign X

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    The Enduro is a nice looking bike, I would also include the Iron Horse 6 point, they sell on rscycle for a reasonable sum.

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    Yeti 575 or Ventana X5

    My 2cents...

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    Preston FR.

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    2nd the preston.

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    Knolly Delirum T, if you can swing it. I'd have one if I could afford it. Cheaper options include the Transition BottleRocket (which I got and love) and Preston, the Giant Reign X, RM Slayer (SXC or otherwise) Kona Coiler/Coilair, Norco Six, etc.

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    Uzzi vpx, it pedals far too well for a full on fr bike... mine is 42 lbs setup for dh, 39 for xc, and can lose 3 lbs easy, but I'm 200 lbs and ride it at Keystone, so it has a heavy build. Its a very nimble big bike and handles tight twisty, rocky trails really well. Its also very fast, it could serve as a dh race rig as well.
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    All have mentioned good bike for your need. With today suspension and shock technology you won't get any wrong for bike suggested.
    My list based on (my) price performance ratio: Reign/Reign X, IH 6point, Spesh Enduro/RM Slayer SXC, SC Nomad/Intense 6.6/Turner RFX. No idea on Preston, Versus, etc

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    The Transition bikes are supposed to pedal very well for their weight. If you can demo either the Bottlerocket or the Preston FR, do it. And they're quite reasonable even new...

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    Versus Blitz II is a sweet bike for your do all riding.

    http://www.versuscycles.com/blitz_detail.html

    Check out these guys also. http://www.rotaimports.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    Versus Blitz II is a sweet bike for your do all riding.

    http://www.versuscycles.com/blitz_detail.html

    Check out these guys also. http://www.rotaimports.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by All Mountain
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardtails Are Better
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    I think Santa Cruz have a lot of options for you somewhere between Heckler, Bulit,
    Nomad, VpFree, they cover almost everything from AM to FR,
    Single pivot, Vpp, a lot of options and nice bikes.

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    My Moment has taken a beating.

    I know I'll get some flaming on my Ells, but I've put my Moment thru the ringer and it is still going strong. Just reworked it witha 66SL and some Spinergy Enduros and it is right at 30 lbs, done some 6ft to flat and about 8ft to tranny and it has taken it. (But probably not recommended). I'm also 200lbs.

    I also use it as my everyday trailbike and have done 3 plus hour rides on it.

    It's a good ride despite everone's opinion of Tony.

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    Do you really need to get a new bike? Sounds like you're not getting into heavy DH (especially since you're pedaling to places) so perhaps you can beef up your Prophet [cranks/stem/shocks/hubs]? I'm currently doing that to mine, and am confident I'll be able to handle most northern CA trails with the exception of the Tahoe area lift venues (N*, Mammoth). Just a thought (which I imagine you've entertained though)!

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