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    Beginner's first MTB under $2000 HT

    Hello MTBR,

    I am looking to purchase a HT for some mild DH track runs and light commute to work(2 miles each way). I am 5'11 230 lbs, I have found a few models which are carried at my LBS. particularly the superfly, stump jumper.

    Also so wonder if below bike is a good deal for 2000. It's used.
    Details/Colors: Dark Navy Blue (often looks black) and Green frameset
    Frame: Trek Alpha Platinum aluminum w/E2 tapered head tube, Gary Fisher Collection, BB95 bottom bracket, G2 race geometry

    Size: 19.5"

    Fork: Fox 32 Float Factory 100 Fit CTD 29" with Kashima Coated Uppers, Remote CTD handlebar control, 15mm thru axle

    Wheels: Spinergy Xyclone Disc, 15mm thru axle, 9mm QR, matching green PBO fiber spokes

    Tires: Bontrager 29-0 Team Issue, 29 x 1.90"

    Drivetrain:
    Shifters: Sram X9, 10 speed

    Front derailleur: Sram X9
    Rear derailleur: Sram X0

    Crank: Sram X9

    Cassette: Sram XGlide 11-34, 10 speed
    Chain: KMC X10SL Silver


    Components:

    Saddle: Fi'zi:k Aliante K:ium, white and matching green

    Seatpost: Bontrager XXX Lite, 27.2mm, 10mm zero offset
    Handlebar: Bontrager RXL Low Riser, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 9 degree sweep
    Grips: Bontrager Race Lite Lock-on, matching green
    Stem: Thompson Elite X4, 31.8mm, 0 degree

    Headset: FSA Orbit IS-2, E2, alloy cartridge
    Brakeset: Avid Elixir CR hydraulic disc brakes
    Bottle Cages: Bontrager RL

    thanks in advance!

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    You can get an idea of a used bikes value at Bike Blue Book. You need the year and model.
    For sizing you need your actual inseam in addition to your height.
    With a discount you can get a new Superfly 9.6 carbon bike for $2k with a lifetime frame warranty to the original owner.
    It has engineered rear vertical compliance for comfort the aluminum bike lacks.
    The geo is new for 2014 and very dialed because of the 435mm chainstays.

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    You can look at Home - Used Bicycles for Sale - BicycleBlueBook.com for prices to get an idea and on some bikes it has the component list. You can also use BikePedia to research the components the bikes had when it was built. Some used bikes might have some modifications or changes that you have to take into consideration when looking at the price.
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    I can't speak to the Gary Fisher you referenced, but I picked up a used Stumpjumper, and I couldn't be happier.

    I just picked up mountain biking, and it is a great bike so far. I'm 6'2" 230lbs and it handles any abuse I throw at it.

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    Niner Air 9
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    Yeti ARC
    Santa Cruz Highball
    Trek Superfly
    Giant XTC
    Ibis Tranny

    edit: the Ibis is $3k as a complete bike, I saw a sub $2k option but it was frame only

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    Doesn't sound like a very good deal to me. The most expensive superfly aluminum HT right now is going for 2100 msrp brand new; you can get carbon for 2400 without even negotiating. Don't get me wrong, I love my superfly but dang. Spend less and get a warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tian105 View Post
    Hello MTBR,

    I am looking to purchase a HT for some mild DH track runs and light commute to work(2 miles each way). I am 5'11 230 lbs, I have found a few models which are carried at my LBS. particularly the superfly, stump jumper.

    Also so wonder if below bike is a good deal for 2000. It's used.
    Details/Colors: Dark Navy Blue (often looks black) and Green frameset
    Frame: Trek Alpha Platinum aluminum w/E2 tapered head tube, Gary Fisher Collection, BB95 bottom bracket, G2 race geometry

    Size: 19.5"

    Fork: Fox 32 Float Factory 100 Fit CTD 29" with Kashima Coated Uppers, Remote CTD handlebar control, 15mm thru axle

    Wheels: Spinergy Xyclone Disc, 15mm thru axle, 9mm QR, matching green PBO fiber spokes

    Tires: Bontrager 29-0 Team Issue, 29 x 1.90"

    Drivetrain:
    Shifters: Sram X9, 10 speed

    Front derailleur: Sram X9
    Rear derailleur: Sram X0

    Crank: Sram X9

    Cassette: Sram XGlide 11-34, 10 speed
    Chain: KMC X10SL Silver


    Components:

    Saddle: Fi'zi:k Aliante K:ium, white and matching green

    Seatpost: Bontrager XXX Lite, 27.2mm, 10mm zero offset
    Handlebar: Bontrager RXL Low Riser, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 9 degree sweep
    Grips: Bontrager Race Lite Lock-on, matching green
    Stem: Thompson Elite X4, 31.8mm, 0 degree

    Headset: FSA Orbit IS-2, E2, alloy cartridge
    Brakeset: Avid Elixir CR hydraulic disc brakes
    Bottle Cages: Bontrager RL

    thanks in advance!
    Kona Honzo. More of an all mountain geometry.. Lots of fun going downhill. If that's too much, check the Kona Taro and save some cash for accessories or furure upgrades. They also make the Explosif..basically a 27.5 version of those. If it were me, I'd go for a bike like one if these.. I have a friend who just bought the Honzo and absolutely loves it.

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    I purchased a new Superfly 9.6 about a month ago and I'm absolutely loving it for the type of riding I do (steep climbs, fast descents and some mild single track on occasion). The bike is light, easy to control and comes with a warranty. I don't regret a thing.

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