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    Let's see the 1200 to 2000 dollar AM bikes for new guys budget Am bikes

    BMCTF03 (09) frame 550$
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    tektro brakes and disks 130$
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    Love the BMC frames.
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    might be a hair north of 2k with eggbeaters, easton havoc stem, sunline v1 bars (not pictured), gamut guard (not pictured), reverb (not pictured), and panaracer rampages.

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    I have about $1750 in my Canfield Yelli Screamy 29er and that includes shipping



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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul


    might be a hair north of 2k with eggbeaters, easton havoc stem, sunline v1 bars (not pictured), gamut guard (not pictured), reverb (not pictured), and panaracer rampages.

    That thing is sweet not bad for the money

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    b-kul how is that shock could I get one for my bmc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpeters
    b-kul how is that shock could I get one for my bmc?
    its a fox dhx air 4. not a bad shock, but a ***** to set up. im sure you could get one to fit your bike but personally i wouldnt bother. what do you have on there now, a fox float rp23?

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    Picked my GT sanction up on clearance at my local performance store for 1200 then 300 for domain off ebay and traded som parts for the DHX 5.0 here it is and i think 11 for the new grips.

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    I have not paid more than $2200 for a bike in 6 years

    Bullit was built from frame up for $1880
    Cannondale from frame up for $2150 with Lefty Carbon upgrade.
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    Sweet ride B-kul I thought you died this weekend because I didn't see you posting. I ordered those rampages and the rest of my build kit so hopefully I can start taking pictures of the beauty. The funny part? Under $1000 build for some pretty sweet stuff!

    You don't have to spend over $2000 really on a bike in the AM section or at least that is my view. Because I always end up beating the piss out of it and have to replace it anyways.

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    Nice, bikes. Can't wait to finish my build >.<
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfox90
    Sweet ride B-kul I thought you died this weekend because I didn't see you posting. I ordered those rampages and the rest of my build kit so hopefully I can start taking pictures of the beauty. The funny part? Under $1000 build for some pretty sweet stuff!

    You don't have to spend over $2000 really on a bike in the AM section or at least that is my view. Because I always end up beating the piss out of it and have to replace it anyways.
    hahaha not dead i just broke my back skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    hahaha not dead i just broke my back skiing.
    Holy cow you broke your back? You mine as well die thats pretty gnarly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfox90
    Holy cow you broke your back? You mine as well die thats pretty gnarly.
    yeah. i was picking fights with trees. its not so bad though, facture of the t9 vertebre, doc says 4-6 weeks to fully heal but in the mean time i can do whatever i feel like im capable of doing. so i layed pretty low this week and weekend, will start pt on wednesday, and hopefully xc ski on saturday. and if that goes well hopefully i can get in some light park days (just rails, no big jumps) sunday and monday. we'll see but im pretty optimistic

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    yeah. i was picking fights with trees. its not so bad though, facture of the t9 vertebre, doc says 4-6 weeks to fully heal but in the mean time i can do whatever i feel like im capable of doing. so i layed pretty low this week and weekend, will start pt on wednesday, and hopefully xc ski on saturday. and if that goes well hopefully i can get in some light park days (just rails, no big jumps) sunday and monday. we'll see but im pretty optimistic
    Those trees don't move you know. How is it you managed to run into them with that much speed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaeckerX1
    Those trees don't move you know. How is it you managed to run into them with that much speed?
    it had just snowed but it was pretty heavy and already chopped powder, maybe 6'' (hey, thats a pow day for us ice coasters ). anyways i was humming along pretty good through the woods when i caught my edge on a stump or something and that threw me. i knew i was headed right into a group of trees so i tucked figuring better my back than my head.

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    Giant Reign 2.
    $2k.
    Done.
    The mountains are calling and I must go

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    2008 specialized Enduro Comp.
    $2k out the door.
    Added some goodies along the way though.

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    Got a 2009 Cannondale Rize 4 on closeout for $1600. 140mm Fox Float RL fork, Float RP2 rear, SLX/XT deraillers/shifters. It does the trick...up and down the mountain, in rocks, on dirt, over drops, etc. I just recently added XT pedals and a tubeless XTR front/XT rear wheel which improves the ride even more. So I've got about $2k in the bike so far.

    It came with Maxxis Ridgeline tires which is pretty unacceptable for any full suspension bike, much less a 5" travel bike. The Weirwolf up front and a Motoraptor out back is serving me well for the time being.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan55
    Giant Reign 2.
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    not quite $1200, but still a good bike for the price....and my first fs bike. first endeavor into hydro discs too.
    i'm just waiting for the snow to melt up here.
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    07 transition covert frame small
    magura wotan fork
    rockshox monarch 3.3 shock
    x.9 front/rear mechs and shifters
    slx crankset
    mavic 521 wheelset
    hayes stroker trail brakes
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    forget the exact price, but it was a hair below $2000

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakekenney

    07 transition covert frame small
    magura wotan fork
    rockshox monarch 3.3 shock
    x.9 front/rear mechs and shifters
    slx crankset
    mavic 521 wheelset
    hayes stroker trail brakes
    blkmrkt badaboom handlebars

    forget the exact price, but it was a hair below $2000
    wow! that is an impressive build for under 2k!

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    Quote Originally Posted by istandalone
    not quite $1200, but still a good bike for the price....and my first fs bike. first endeavor into hydro discs too.
    i'm just waiting for the snow to melt up here.
    nice cat. i used to have a parker, fun little bike.

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    for $1129 i couldn't say no.

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    Talk about snow!!!!!, I love it for sking but I want to be back on two wheels. Luckily we have some DH/4X races at the local ski places and I go out on the snowmobile trails when it gets over 20*F. Pretty fun & fast but not the same as dirt. Only a couple more months and there should be enough ground showing to bike on.....Yippeee
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    2011 XtC 29er 2. All stock.


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    2011 Reign. And yes I know thats not the factory fork or front wheel, but my bike shop bought the factory pieces and I just paid the difference, which wound up being $10. So it still came out to 2k flat plus tax.

    Its got different brakes on it now, so it no longer fits into the 2k category, but this was taken right after I got home.


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    I picked up a Felt Compulsion 3, 09 at the end of the summer for exactly 2k, including shipping. Very nice bike, stock so far other than Kenda Nevgals. I plan on a shorter stem and Avid disc brakes before summer. Very nice bike, I love it, equalink works as advertised. bummed that felt is not offering compulsions in the us this year
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    With the rotors and stickers, I think it just makes it over 1200... (pictured with a 66, but now rocking a Domain)





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    Quote Originally Posted by istandalone
    not quite $1200, but still a good bike for the price....and my first fs bike. first endeavor into hydro discs too.
    i'm just waiting for the snow to melt up here.
    oh yea, with those easton cf bar ends, it's over $1200 lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkbikes4life
    2011 Reign. And yes I know thats not the factory fork or front wheel, but my bike shop bought the factory pieces and I just paid the difference, which wound up being $10. So it still came out to 2k flat plus tax.

    Its got different brakes on it now, so it no longer fits into the 2k category, but this was taken right after I got home.

    Is that a RS Sektor fork? Seeing as the Reign's on Giant's uses Fox suspension.
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    I see the orange ring. So it has to be a, Sektor. How does it feel? What's the max limit you have put it at so far?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blksocks
    I see the orange ring. So it has to be a, Sektor. How does it feel? What's the max limit you have put it at so far?
    Could be a REVELATION!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flboy
    Could be a REVELATION!
    Damn, you're right... It is a revelation... I hate you!!

    Hmm... Is RockShox sorting their forks in the right category? 150mm travel for XC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flboy
    Could be a REVELATION!
    Correct. It is a 150mm Revelation RLT Ti dual air with 20mm axle.

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    is this a new model without the issues with blown out seals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FeltDH
    is this a new model without the issues with blown out seals?
    Lets hope so, because I didnt know they had a problem with that. I am having a few issues with the fork, but not blown seals. The fork is very nice though. Absolutley no sticking at all.

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    have a friend with a (I think) 150mm Rev. 10' U-turn dual air or some such. (not sure exactly)
    he got his bike same day as I got my mine and about a month and a half later he was JRA when the left seal blew out. He never bottomed the fork and never really crashed, I asked around and apparently some other people had the same problem, I don't think you need to worry about it, just wondering. RS are great and would probly' have sorted any real issues.
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    Is the RS fork on the Giant better than the Fox stock unit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpeters
    Is the RS fork on the Giant better than the Fox stock unit?
    That depends on what you want. Obviously lots of people use the fox fork and are completely happy. I had just read too many reviews saying how sticky the fox forks were and confirmed this with a few bikes at the lbs. I never actually rode this bike with the fox fork. The lbs agreement is that they will buy your factory stuff at full retail value but it can't be ridden on. For me though I definitely consider it an upgrade. I gained low speed compression adjustment, the dual air feature, and now have the 20mm axle and got a 20mm front wheel all for $10. The fork is perfectly smooth. Absolutely no stitchion at all.

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    Thats nice what store is it that you are talking about

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    Its a local store here in central florida called Bike Works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkbikes4life
    That depends on what you want. Obviously lots of people use the fox fork and are completely happy. I had just read too many reviews saying how sticky the fox forks were and confirmed this with a few bikes at the lbs. I never actually rode this bike with the fox fork. The lbs agreement is that they will buy your factory stuff at full retail value but it can't be ridden on. For me though I definitely consider it an upgrade. I gained low speed compression adjustment, the dual air feature, and now have the 20mm axle and got a 20mm front wheel all for $10. The fork is perfectly smooth. Absolutely no stitchion at all.
    that an awesome lbs. if i had a store like that it could have saved me probably a couple hundred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkbikes4life
    Its a local store here in central florida called Bike Works.
    We have a store in MI called bike works. I wonder if it is a chain privately managed? Doubt it, probably just coincidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfox90
    We have a store in MI called bike works. I wonder if it is a chain privately managed? Doubt it, probably just coincidence.
    I dont think it is. It is a chain here in central Florida, there are 4 stores. But when you go there website, those are the only 4 stores that show up.

    And b-kul, they are most definitely a cool shop. Even besides them buying stuff, they are just nice to deal with. They even bought my old bike when I got this one and gave me what I feel was a very reasonable amount for it. I actually got very lucky on all of this bike. I sold my old bike and my TIG welder that I never used and bought the bike with a 3 year warranty that covers everything, even if it broke in a crash. The warranty only cost $50. I didnt actually pay a dime out of pocket, infact, I came out $100 ahead. I then bought my Hope brakes from Orion cycles here which saved me $180 over Jenson. So far I have $2600 into it but if I had bought the bike, then the fork and front wheel seperate, and the brakes from Jenson, it would have cost about $3700.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpeters
    Is the RS fork on the Giant better than the Fox stock unit?
    Float is a fantastic fork. Plush, great damping, not too heavy. I put a talas on mine just for the climbs but if you dont care about travel adjust I cant see why you would go to the expense of putting a RS fork on the bike.
    The mountains are calling and I must go

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    My new bike came with a Float, i swapped it out for a Revelation RLT Ti. Better fork mainly because it has dual air, low speed compression, and requires less maintainence than the fox... oh, and its super plush

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan55
    Float is a fantastic fork. Plush, great damping, not too heavy. I put a talas on mine just for the climbs but if you dont care about travel adjust I cant see why you would go to the expense of putting a RS fork on the bike.
    Because 10 bucks isn't expensive to me and I got to go up to the 20mm axle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing
    Got a 2009 Cannondale Rize 4 on closeout for $1600. 140mm Fox Float RL fork, Float RP2 rear, SLX/XT deraillers/shifters. It does the trick...up and down the mountain, in rocks, on dirt, over drops, etc. I just recently added XT pedals and a tubeless XTR front/XT rear wheel which improves the ride even more. So I've got about $2k in the bike so far.

    It came with Maxxis Ridgeline tires which is pretty unacceptable for any full suspension bike, much less a 5" travel bike. The Weirwolf up front and a Motoraptor out back is serving me well for the time being.


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    It's kind of sad to me that anything under $2000 is considered "budget" in our sport, but I guess my stock 2007 Remedy 5 falls under that category. Marked down to 1200 (from 2000) on clearance. Still need to toss a bigger front rotor on the thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AladdinP
    It's kind of sad to me that anything under $2000 is considered "budget" in our sport,

    hahaha thats true. a 2k bike is kinda low on the totem pole whereas with most other stuff 2k will buy you the latest and greatest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    hahaha thats true. a 2k bike is kinda low on the totem pole whereas with most other stuff 2k will buy you the latest and greatest.
    And that's why my next build is going to be the cheapest functioning rigid singlespeed I can build. That'll be in quite some time, though. In the mean time, I'm wearing my current bikes' cranksets down to nubbins first.

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    Yeah its sad and no reason really a good bike should ever cost more than 3000 in my opinion. I can get a race ready yz250f for 5000 With a bullet proof engine far superior suspension better wheels by far better brakes I mean wft is going on here we are getting price gouged. I can get brand new motocross fox forks for not much more then smaller bike forks.
    I hate price gouging we are all athletes and we all need the best when possable so we are forced to pray the prices. That is whay I have praising suntour lately or coming out with some new lower priced stuff. But these prices are jokes I am a motorcycle repair man and a auto painter and I know what up with mechanical stuff and parts and me we are getting gouged in every hole front back and rear. When you all see thechnology goung into some of the sport bikes and realize we are paying the same for some of our bikes we are getting screwed big time. 10000 thousand for a bike mad out of carbone and is 7kg or this for the same price We are getting ripped off

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpeters
    Yeah its sad and no reason really a good bike should ever cost more than 3000 in my opinion. I can get a race ready yz250f for 5000 With a bullet proof engine far superior suspension better wheels by far better brakes I mean wft is going on here we are getting price gouged. I can get brand new motocross fox forks for not much more then smaller bike forks.
    I hate price gouging we are all athletes and we all need the best when possable so we are forced to pray the prices. That is whay I have praising suntour lately or coming out with some new lower priced stuff. But these prices are jokes I am a motorcycle repair man and a auto painter and I know what up with mechanical stuff and parts and me we are getting gouged in every hole front back and rear. When you all see thechnology goung into some of the sport bikes and realize we are paying the same for some of our bikes we are getting screwed big time. 10000 thousand for a bike mad out of carbone and is 7kg or this for the same price We are getting ripped off

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    The price of a product is what the market is willing to bear. If nobody paid $8,000 for a bike they would lower the price, or not make it anymore. Apparently there are enough people buying them for companies to make money. In the image below, the vertical line with the up/down arrows shows maximum profit, something that especially big companies are very concerned with. You can be sure Trek/Specialized/Giant/etc look at this very closely with every model they produce.

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    I am completely happy with my 1800$ bike its fine for where I live and it takes everything I use it for. If I was living in the in the alps I could see
    spending more. Just remember be great full for what you have enjoy it ride it love it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing
    The price of a product is what the market is willing to bear. If nobody paid $8,000 for a bike they would lower the price, or not make it anymore. Apparently there are enough people buying them for companies to make money. In the image below, the vertical line with the up/down arrows shows maximum profit, something that especially big companies are very concerned with. You can be sure Trek/Specialized/Giant/etc look at this very closely with every model they produce.


    wouldn't r(x) be a straight line? i.e. the more units you sell, the more revenue you make--this would be a linear relationship (assuming a fixed price). or, are you trying to show a demand curve (i.e. given varying price, how many units can i sell)? i didn't pay much attention in b-skool, so i may be off base here
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    It's just an example to show the equations used, but yes the Revenue line could be constant in some situations. There is usually an upward limit for revenue based on the manufacturing capacity (eg 50,000 units per year). But there usually is also a point at which you have saturated your market, and it doesn't matter how many more units you make, revenue will stay the same. In the situation of an $8,000 bike, there are comparatively fewer people willing to pay that much. So while you can produce more bikes, you won't be selling anymore and increasing revenue.
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    Keep that nonsense out of this thread. Go make a thread in general.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dth656
    wouldn't r(x) be a straight line? i.e. the more units you sell, the more revenue you make--this would be a linear relationship (assuming a fixed price). or, are you trying to show a demand curve (i.e. given varying price, how many units can i sell)? i didn't pay much attention in b-skool, so i may be off base here

    from what little i learned in econ 101 after you hit a certain point your revenue vs. your expenses start to go down. i think, i got a c in that class so i may be way off base.

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    My budget bike build started out as a $1199 2009 Jamis XCT2. Some parts got taken off and put on my old bike and others got sold. Now I'm into it around 2k but I'm happy where its at.

    Jamis XCT2 frame and Fox Float R rear shock
    Marzocchi 44 RC3 Ti Forks (ti spring and air, compression and rebound adjustment)
    Mavic Crossride wheels with Nevegal folding bead tires (26x2.35 FR and 26x2.1 RR)
    Shimano Hollowtech cranks, Shimano XTR M970 cassette, SRAM PC-991 Hollowpin Chain
    Deore Front and XT rear derailleurs with SLX shifters
    Hayes Stroker Carbon brakes V6 rotors front and rear
    Easton Flatboy pedals

    09 Jamis XCT2 Marzocchi RC3 ti forks, XT/XTR drivetrain, Mavic Crossrides/ Kenda Nevegal DTC=29lbs

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    Guys I am on a tight budget I really need to get something under 2400 tax/shipping included. I was really leaning toward a 29er but to get one with enough travel just doesn't seem very easy. I am a true AM rider I charge hard on the downhill but I also do some all day rides and obviously I want something that isn't dead weight on a climb.

    Here are some options I am considering let me know what you think will be plush and durable but still able to climb.

    Motobecane Fantom Team
    Voodoo Canzo x.7 build
    Rocky Mountain Altitude 50
    Jamis Xam 2.0

    I have heard good things about BMC as well but haven't been able to come up with a good site that sells them.

    I would really prefer a 10spd system hence the voodoo(only 100mm again not really enough but I might be able to get it with a 120 fox fork with a 15mm/qr) and motobecane (though no thru axle and only 120mm puts it bottom of my list unless I hear differently) up top.
    I also want to avoid something that is a "bob" machine for the climbs up...

    Let me add this as well.
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    I dig my Rize 140 Four, so I can endorse the RZ140 as it's essentially the same bike. The RZ actually comes with better tires, which was my major gripe about my 2009 Rize4. If you can find a closeout 2009 or 2010 Rize or RZ for under $2k, it's a great bike for the money. Mine was $1600 at the LBS.

    I've lately been interested in the Fezarri bikes. There is a 2010 Cascade Peak on clearance for $1849. Pretty nice specs for a sub $2000, and not bad to look at either.

    2011 Fox Float RLC 150mm
    2011 Fox RP2 Rear Shock w/ BoostValve 150mm
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    Avid Elixir 5 discs
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    Truvativ FireX GXP Crankset

    2010 Fezarri Cascade Peak
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    I know most of you guys love your FS AM bikes, but Im still a HT man. Just finished this build in October so I only have a couple hundred miles on it.

    Frame: 2010 Ragley mmmBop 16in Blue
    Fork: 2010 RockShox Revelation Team 20mm thru axle (Black 1.5")
    Wheels: Da Bomb Da Rim (36mm wide) front and rear
    Front Hub: Hope Pro II (Blue)
    Rear Hub: Halo Spin Doctor (Black)
    Brakes: Avid BB7 (sticking to mechanicals because I prefer them)
    Crankset: Truvativ Stylo Team 3.3
    Pedals: Candy SL
    Headset: FSA Big Fat Pig 1.5
    Stem: Truvativ AKA 60mm
    Bars: Truvativ Hussefelt Riser 31.8 (Black 680 length)
    Grips: ODI Ruffian MX lock On (Blue)
    Seatpost: Titec Pluto Gold
    Seat Clamp: Azonic Q/R
    Spacers: Element Carbon Fiber
    Rear Skewer: X-Lite Tech 9 Titanium
    Saddle: Sette AMP (black)
    Tires: Kenda Small Block 8 2.35 Rear and WTB Mutano Raptor Race 2.4 Front
    Deraillure Rear: Sram X9
    Deraillure Fr: Sram X9
    Cassette: Sram PG980 9spd (11-34)
    Chain: Sram PC-991 Powerlink Gold
    Shifters: Sram X9
    Headset spacers: Carbon fiber
    Computer: Sigma Sport BC 1606 Wireless
    Cable Housing: Alligator Super Fortress

    Total Cost: about $1700
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing
    @subspd

    I dig my Rize 140 Four, so I can endorse the RZ140 as it's essentially the same bike. The RZ actually comes with better tires, which was my major gripe about my 2009 Rize4. If you can find a closeout 2009 or 2010 Rize or RZ for under $2k, it's a great bike for the money. Mine was $1600 at the LBS.

    I've lately been interested in the Fezarri bikes. There is a 2010 Cascade Peak on clearance for $1849. Pretty nice specs for a sub $2000, and not bad to look at either.

    2011 Fox Float RLC 150mm
    2011 Fox RP2 Rear Shock w/ BoostValve 150mm
    SRAM X7 Shifters/Front Der. X9 Rear Der.
    Avid Elixir 5 discs
    Truvativ Stylo Team Stem/Bars
    Truvativ FireX GXP Crankset

    2010 Fezarri Cascade Peak
    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/allmtn...6_1547crx.aspx
    Thanks for the input I'll add it to the list to consider.

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    Just got my 2011 Santa Cruz Heckler with the D am package for $1699. My LBS that I ordered the bike thru upgraded my rear shock to the RP23 for free. Im planning on getting a yellow bash guard GO DUCKS!
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    Yours is a bit over the 2k mark!
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    Vitus AM Build - $1600+



    Basically all Truvativ Stylo Team components. 1x9 set-up. Easton Havoc AM rims, and swapped over the Panaracer tires from the old HT along with the Wellgo pedals. Uses 2011 Rockshox Sektor 150mm 20mm axle fork, and Manitou Radium RL shock. I do not have a scale but compared it to a 25 lb Olympic plate and feels lighter but I am gonna guesstimate it around 28 or 29 lbs.

    Probably gonna get it power-coated if it lasts more than a year. If not, expect a new build.
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    reflector arnt gonna help varmits spot you in the woods any easier.

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    reflector arnt gonna help varmits spot you in the woods any easier.

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    I got a sick deal on a 2009 Cannondale Rize 5 about 2 months ago. Found it new on ebay from a bike shop about 2 hours away. Won it for $910.
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    Grats, Gerald! Now beat the crap out of it!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blksocks
    Grats, Gerald! Now beat the crap out of it!!
    Good advise. I plan to. Only one ride so far because of the weather in the NE. Going out Sunday. Picture was after I took it from the shop and was about to load it in the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by majorbanjo
    My only regret in buying an older Trek is that I get to miss out on the new sexy paintjobs (and ABP, I suppose)

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    Quote Originally Posted by geraldatwork
    I got a sick deal on a 2009 Cannondale Rize 5 about 2 months ago. Found it new on ebay from a bike shop about 2 hours away. Won it for $910.


    That rear der. looks like its in the fetal position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texasnavy05
    That rear der. looks like its in the fetal position.
    Nice. Actually pretty observant. I posted the photo on a local mtn bike forum when I first got the bike, someone else also noticed that. The chain is probably slightly too long which is pretty strange since everything is stock. It hasn't been a problem (yet) as in the photo the chain is in the granny ring up front and the smallest cog in the back. An unlikely and inefficient scenario. Question. Would just taking out a link or two remedy this?

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    I use this as my AM bike. Trek fuel ex 7 i found on clearance. 1099 out the door. Xt derrailleur in the back, oem deore all around, juicys with 185 rotors, oem shimmy hollow tech crank, 1900 gram bonty wheels and a pretty good saddle. Put in azonic bars and stem, m647 pedals, thomsom seat post, nobby nick 2.25 in the back, now a nevegal 2.35 in the front (modded) and swapped out the fork damper to a gated unit. She rides fine, jumps excellently, shes bottomed on a few high speed berms. I might get the rear shock pushed for that. Im 160 pounds, so i think she will hold

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    Quote Originally Posted by geraldatwork
    Nice. Actually pretty observant. I posted the photo on a local mtn bike forum when I first got the bike, someone else also noticed that. The chain is probably slightly too long which is pretty strange since everything is stock. It hasn't been a problem (yet) as in the photo the chain is in the granny ring up front and the smallest cog in the back. An unlikely and inefficient scenario. Question. Would just taking out a link or two remedy this?
    http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...-length-sizing

    But, yea... Taking two links off or 3 would fix the problem at hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geraldatwork
    Nice. Actually pretty observant. I posted the photo on a local mtn bike forum when I first got the bike, someone else also noticed that. The chain is probably slightly too long which is pretty strange since everything is stock. It hasn't been a problem (yet) as in the photo the chain is in the granny ring up front and the smallest cog in the back. An unlikely and inefficient scenario. Question. Would just taking out a link or two remedy this?
    Yep, I'd start with taking out two. Then shift into the big chain ring/big gear in back and compress the rear shock. When I do this, I take the air out of my rear shock. At the bottom of the stroke, with the shock fully compressed, your derailler should still have some spring to it. If it has a LOT of spring, you can take out another link or two.

    There are ways to do this by measuring or taking the chain completely off the bike, but I'm lazy so I like to leave it on.
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    $1500

    $1500 when all is said and done.

    KHS 535XCT frame - $299
    Mavic 521 rims w/ SRAM X9 Hubs - $179
    Fox RL Float 140mm - $349
    SRAM X9 front der. $22
    SRAM X9 rear der. $49
    SRAM PC 991 Chain - $29
    Shimano LX Rear cassette - $42
    Shimano LX hollow crankset $79
    AVID Elixir 3 disc (185mm) $199 both
    Easton EA70 bars - $29
    Easton EA30 Seatpost - $9
    Raceface stem - $29
    WB seat - $29
    Xpedo flat pedals - $64
    Jagwire cable set - $24
    WTB Prowler tires - $50 both
    Lizard skin $6
    Tubes presta - $10 both

    Total $1497 - Some shipping was extra (about $30-$40). All parts were bought BRAND NEW. I pretty much searched the internet hours on in to find deals

    That's pretty much it. Weight is just shy of 30lbs
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    I love the semi-older frames that have their prices cut in half.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blksocks
    http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...-length-sizing

    But, yea... Taking two links off or 3 would fix the problem at hand.
    its also it the little/ little gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    its also it the little/ little gear.
    That's for you little/little geared people.
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    Pitch Pro $2400 retail. Got mine for about 800 bucks new
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    Amazing price wow!0
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottishyard

    Pitch Pro $2400 retail. Got mine for about 800 bucks new
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    How did you make that happen?
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