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    My first bike and attempt to get into the all mountain bike need help

    Hello,

    I wanted for my birthday a MTB and waited until the season ended so I can benefit the discount in market. I have 3 choices and need some help from people that have more experience then, obviously I do .

    Here are the bikes, order is not important


    Ram HT THREE.2 2013
    FORKS ROCKSHOX SEKTOR RL
    CRANKSET SRAM X.5 GXP 42-28
    HEADSET FSA TAPERED
    FRONT MECH SRAM X.7 2SPD
    REAR MECH SRAM X.5 10SPD
    SHIFTERS SRAM X.5 2X10
    CASSETTE SRAM PG1030 11-36
    CHAIN SRAM PC1031
    BRAKES F/R AVID ELIXIR 1 180/160
    HUBS NOVATEC DISC
    RIMS WTB SPEEDDISC I19 26
    BAR EASTON EA50 685MM
    STEM EASTON EA50
    SEATPOST EASTON EA50
    SADDLE FIZIK NISENE
    TYRES MAXXIS CROSSMARK 2.1
    GRIPS ODI O GRIP
    FRAME SPECS
    AL6061 ALUMINIUM FRAME / TAPERED HEADTUBE / 31.6MM SEATPOST / HIGH DIRECT MOUNT FRONT DERAILLEUR / 68MM BOTTOM BRACKET / DISC BRAKE ONLY FRAME

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    Trek Elite 8.5
    Size 15.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 21.5'
    Frame Alpha Platinum Aluminium w/E2 tapered head tube, press-fit bottom bracket, internal derailleur cable routing, post mount disc brake
    Front Suspension RockShox Recon Silver w/Solo Air, remote lockout, 100mm travel
    WHEELS
    Wheels Shimano M435 hubs w/Bontrager AT-850 32-hole double-walled rims
    Tires Bontrager XR1, 26x2.2'
    DRIVETRAIN
    Shifters Shimano Deore, 10 speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    RearDerailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow
    Crank Shimano M552, 42/32/24
    Cassette Shimano HG62 11-36, 10 speed
    Pedals Wellgo nylon platform
    COMPONENTS
    Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1
    Seat Post Bontrager SSR, 31.6mm, 20mm offset
    Handlebars Bontrager Low Riser, 31.8mm, 15mm rise, 9 degree sweep
    Stem Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree
    Headset FSA IS-2, E2, fully integrated aluminium cartridge
    Brakeset
    Shimano M446 hydraulic disc brakes


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    Trek Elite 8.6
    FRAMESET
    Sizes 15.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 21.5'
    Frame Alpha Platinum Aluminium w/E2 tapered head tube, press-fit bottom bracket, internal derailleur cable routing, post mount disc brake
    Front Suspension RockShox Reba RL w/Solo Air, remote lockout, 100mm travel
    WHEELS
    Wheels Shimano SLX hubs w/Bontrager AT-850 32-hole double-walled rims
    Tires Bontrager XR1 Expert, 26x2.2'
    DRIVETRAIN
    Shifters Shimano SLX, 10 speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano SLX
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow
    Crank Shimano M552, 42/32/24
    Cassette Shimano HG62 11-36, 10 speed
    Pedals n/a
    COMPONENTS
    Saddle Bontrager Evoke 1
    Seat Post Bontrager SSR, 31.6mm, 20mm offset
    Handlebars Bontrager Low Riser, 31.8mm, 15mm rise, 9 degree sweep
    Stem Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree
    Headset FSA IS-2, E2, fully integrated aluminium cartridge
    Brakeset Avid Elixir 3 hydraulic disc brakes

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    Now this are the ones that I have found and are in my budget.
    I plan to go and professional I can, given I have been an profession athlete and rugby player. Thank you for your time and advice.

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    whats your budget? what kind of terrain do you plan/want to ride?
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    the one with the best specs is the Trek Elite 8.6, but it depends on your budget/type of riding like nauc said..
    Hit it first, then we can see where to put the landing.

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    Hi, guys

    I want to use the bike for off road competition, 40-50 km of forest track. And I've allways wanted to do something like this, but untill this summer there was nothing done in this direction. Things changed and ppl started to gather and organize in this competitions.

    Now for my budget I have like 300 euro, but I can expand it up to 1000 euro given that I am very enthusiastic and I desire a bike that would stick with me. The bikes from above are in their order 890 euro 900 euro and 1070 euro. It is a lot of money and ofc I would settle for less if I can but I understand that it is worth the price of a vacation for something that you'll be using through out the years. Thank you!

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    you cant go wrong with Trek. buy the best bike you can. its cheaper if you dont have to upgrade later

    i have the SLX and XT components on my GT, theyre nice!
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    Where are you based? What bike brands do you have available to you? You local bike shop would be the best place to start looking, it they are good they will not only offer you further suggestions but also hook you up with the local riding scene which will help you discover local trails much easier, allowing you to ride more often. You will also have the ongoing support from your shop. They may also have some ex-display, ex-demo or 2nd hand options for sale.

    Comfort is a priority and a test ride would be highly beneficial, I would also say it is better to have a comfortable lower spec bike that you ride daily on varying trails rather than a higher specced bike that sees little action because it doesn't quite fit you right even at the same price point.

    Be warned though, this sport is highly addictive and potential upgrades are numerous and ever coming.

    Enjoy the adventure!

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    I am from Bucharest,
    As for brands, I have in the local shops RAM, MERINDA, FERRINI, SPRINT and TREK.
    I have went yesterday at two of these and looked + tested Ram HT THREE.2 2013 and Trek Elite 8.6 I found both of them to my taste, though the ram is only in red and white, were the trek is darkish green and gray, looks aside, I do not have that many options because of my size, I am 1.75 and found only these two with frames adequate for me. Both of them have discount, the ram 35% and the trek 15%. I have come upon these by reading and looking for a local shop as to benefit from service until I get the hang of it. I have chosen these because they are not top neither mediocre. Is like with shoes, you must have good shoes... if you know what I mean. But I could be wrong they they could be more then I need. I do intend to go as deep as possible in the field since I have practiced all my life sport and because of some injuries I can not play rugby anymore.

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