1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    Best all around mountain bike under $1100?

    Today I finally sold my Leader hardtail. It had been a great bike for the past year and a half, but I really wanted to upgrade to something different. I've been kind of flip flopping between a 29er, 650B, and 26" full suspension, but truthfully, around here (Nebraska), it won't make a whole lot of difference because there isn't anything too technical in my neck of the woods. The trails I enjoy riding most are tight singletrack, with lots of twist and turns, with some long straight aways.

    After I sold my bike, I went to Scheels and test rode a 26" Breezer Thunder Comp selling for $900. I really loved how maneuverable that bike was, and could have purchased it today, but it would make more financial sense for me to wait after January11th. The same bike was selling for $800 on Nashbar a week ago, but all Breezers are suddenly "gone" from the Nashbar website. It is the last one the store has - the same bike with a different paint job is selling for $1049 on Jenson USA.

    So...I'm open to suggestions on ANY mountain bike selling for less than $1100. Not long ago, I was open to spending up to $1500, but I just purchased a gas guzzling SUV, which, between a car payment, higher insurance costs, and gas costs, increased my monthly expenses by about $265 a month, so I have a little less to spend than I'd like to. I could probably swing another $100 or $200 if there is something REALLY special that I come across, but ideally, I'd like to keep it below $1100.

    I'm open to buying locally or online. There are several Trek stores in the area that usually have a 30% off sale around March, so I can save some money if I can wait until then, which isn't really a big deal because the trails around here will be unrideable until at least February, if not March or April, depending on how much snow we get.

    I've already done a lot of research on full suspension bikes and 29ers, but not a whole lot on 26er hardtails. Please note that I'm NOT interested in buying used. Besides the Breezer, here are some of the bikes that I'm considering:

    Sette Razzo X7 29er $999
    Focus Super Bud 4.0 FS 26" $1099
    Focus Black Forrest 3.0 29er $999
    Giant Talon 29er $850
    Felt Nine 60 29er $1029
    Trek Cobia 29er $868 after a 30% discount
    Trek 4900 26" $846 after a 30% discount

    Please note that I'm already familiar with the Sette XT 29er for $1299, and the Airborne Goblin for $1199, but with shipping, those bikes are a little more than I'd like to pay. As you can see, most of the research I've done is on 29ers. Riding the Breezer made me change my mind and reconsider a 26" hardtail.

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    Just found the bike I think I want: the Breezer Storm 29 Expert for $1099. I'm going to talk to Scheels and see if they can order it. If it handles anything like the Breezer 26er I test rode today, there is no question I want it. For the record, IMHO, the 26" Breezer Thunder Comp is the best handling bike I've ever ridden.

    Breezer Bikes - Bike Overview

    Oh, and just for kicks, here is a tribute to the bike I said goodbye to today:
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    How about carbon? 999 Access Stealth LTD 29 at Performance 19 and 21. Some stores have 17s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    Trek Cobia 29er $868 after a 30% discount
    Trek 4900 26" $846 after a 30% discount
    Link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroSkillet View Post
    Link?
    Are you lazy? Just kidding. Here are the links to the 2 Treks:

    4900 Disc - Trek Bicycle

    Cobia - Trek Bicycle

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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    Are you lazy? Just kidding. Here are the links to the 2 Treks:

    4900 Disc - Trek Bicycle

    Cobia - Trek Bicycle
    thanks

    But do you have links to the bikes at 30% off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroSkillet View Post
    But do you have links to the bikes at 30% off?
    He mentioned in the first post that some of his local Trek stores usually have a 30% off sale around March, so I imagine that's where the 30% off numbers came from.

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    I recently visited Performance Bike. While i was there I spotted a 26" GT Sensor Elite only for 1000$. The bike is fully suspended of course, and has hydraulic disk brakes. I got the 29r Gt sensor a little while back and I love it. Maybe you should check them out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry_K View Post
    He mentioned in the first post that some of his local Trek stores usually have a 30% off sale around March, so I imagine that's where the 30% off numbers came from.
    Bingo. The prices quoted above were given under the assumption that the Trek stores will give me 30%, which they usually do.

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    I'd look at Pricepoint for a good Sette. The carbon $999 bike? Hmm..not so sure at this price.

    Edit: Ya this my friend.. Sette Razzo 29er SLX/XT 20in Mountain Bike - DEMO at Price Point
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCMTB View Post
    I'd look at Pricepoint for a good Sette. The carbon $999 bike? Hmm..not so sure at this price.

    Edit: Ya this my friend.. Sette Razzo 29er SLX/XT 20in Mountain Bike - DEMO at Price Point
    There was something about the carbon bike that I didn't like - maybe it was the basic look of the frame design, but thanks eb1888 for the suggestion. I probably wouldn't get a demo bike because technically, its a used bike. I really want to test ride a Trek 29er and compare it to a Breezer 29er. Unfortunately, Scheels doesn't have any Breezer 29ers in my size at the moment, so I'll have to wait for the comparison. If I do get a 29er, I want one that will handle well on tight signletrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    ..... I really want to test ride a Trek 29er and compare it to a Breezer 29er. Unfortunately, Scheels doesn't have any Breezer 29ers in my size at the moment, so I'll have to wait for the comparison. If I do get a 29er, I want one that will handle well on tight signletrack.
    I think that you've hit the nail on the head there : take your time, don't rush into an anything, test ride as many as you can, on the trails you are going to ride most often - internet reco's are great to get some ideas but what may be the best bike $1100 for others may be completely wrong or not ideal for you

    FWIW I think there is classic material for wmac's bad advice cat here:

    Got $1500 for the best new bike possible?

    Buy an SUV....

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    IMHO: Sounds like you are on the right track focusing on a hard-tail 29er in this price range. On paper, the Breezer looks like a great deal....on clearance in many web shops. Success man.

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    not to put a man further in debt but look at trek's financing options also. You could get that $1500 hardtail and finance it for a year at same as cash. Then when the bill comes pay what you have and then pawn off the rest over a year or earlier. Maybe not the right suggestion but just another one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatt28 View Post
    not to put a man further in debt but look at trek's financing options also. You could get that $1500 hardtail and finance it for a year at same as cash. Then when the bill comes pay what you have and then pawn off the rest over a year or earlier. Maybe not the right suggestion but just another one.
    Here's what the Bad Advice MTB Cat has to say about that...
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