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    IBEX Ignition-1

    Hey everyone, my name's Nick and I'm new to mountain biking and looking to get a full suspension. I have the means to spend 2 grand on a bike, but I have a history of starting new things and then dropping them, so I figured the ignition-1 would be good. I don't think I'd upgrade it, because if I started getting into it alot more, I'd just buy new bike. Because the parts are so much more expensive individually, and to make the ignition-1 a well speced bike pretty much everything would have to go. So now for the reason of the post. For a beginners bike what are everyone's thoughts on the ignition-1. I know the ignition-2 has much nicer components and doesn't cost THAT much more, but still I don't want to spend a ton on this. I've read the reviews for it on this site, but there are only 2 so it didn't tell me a whole lot. But what does everyone think of Ibex and the ignition-1???

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    overall, they seem to be good bikes. they have nice components & good customer service, the only "con" would be that you wouldn't be able to try it before you buy it. but if you know your size it should be fine...try the ibex forum too you'll get better answers there. good luck!

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    The Ignition 1 would be awesome for an introduction to the sport. Sounds like what you're looking for... I ride an Ignition myself with a custom build. Climbs like a goat and lets you descend like you got a mountain lion on your tail. It shreds and though the Iggy comes with entree level components, it'll will still make you fall in love with the sport and still perform like a champ...


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    Yeah have to agree with wha tthe others have said. The bikes are high quality, the component spec are unmatched for the price. Since you are a beginner it probably wouldn't be a bad idea tro spend a little time at your local shop in effort to figure out what size frame works best for you/ how much suspension travel they recommend for the trails in your area.
    The factory direct purchasing method works best for an informed customer.
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    Being new, head to your LBS('s) and talk to them and see what they have. you'll end up happier with your purchase than if you just bought a mailorder bike. have fun.

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    From the pics on their web site it looks like they still use a sigle lower pivot (old school) It works but you have to lock out the rear shock to controll "pedal bob"
    Here is another option: http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...maestro_new_2/
    You will pay more for bikes with this type of rear suspension...but there are no "free rides"
    If you still go mail order, ask what their policy is on exchanging the bike for a different size or for swaping out the stem for one that is longer or shorter or with a different angle. These are the things a LBS should do to "fit" the bike for you, when you purchase it. If you take you mail order bike to the LBS you may have to purchase the parts and pay a fee for a "fitting"
    Good luck

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    Ibex has a 30 day no questions asked return policy. If you aren't happy, just send it back (you pay return shipping usually 30-40 bux) and get all your money back.

    That being said, do some research, and find out your inseam so you can get the bike to fit you properly.

    I built my Iggy up from a frame, so I was able to tailor fit it to myself. I'm 6'4" with a short inseam and the 20" fits me perfect.

    It's a solid bike and a great way to get interested in the sport. Just call them and they can help you get the right size which is very important.

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    I have heard IBEX frames are trash?
    never riden one though, if anyone has any forsite on it please let me/ us know
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    Quote Originally Posted by Topgun514
    I have heard IBEX frames are trash?
    never riden one though, if anyone has any forsite on it please let me/ us know
    they aren't trash, but they aren't that stellar either. A basic bike for a cheap price. Check out your local shops for better options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topgun514
    I have heard IBEX frames are trash?...

    Doubt you've read that here.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    It'll be hard to find a FS bike at a local shop that comes close to the Iggy1. That being said, either save up another $1000.00 or look into the Ibex.

    Almost every bike under $2500 is made in Taiwan in the same factory anyways, same place Ibex is made.

    Taiwan puts out some good frames. It's the cheaper china stuff you need to watch out for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueTrain
    they aren't trash, but they aren't that stellar either. A basic bike for a cheap price. Check out your local shops for better options.
    Unless your LBS has a stellar sale going on (Like mine did when I bough my Ex 7) Ibex is a very good buy.

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    So, you want to spend more on a bike that will last you a couple of weeks then by all means look elsewhere than Ibex. Or, for the money that you want to spend buy a bike that is better than anything your LBS will sell you for the price. Will your LBS even have a FS bike for $500? Kmart might.......

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    I've seen cheap iron horse fs bikes for around 5-6 hundred. But they were total POS's compared to my iggy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topgun514
    I have heard IBEX frames are trash?
    never riden one though, if anyone has any forsite on it please let me/ us know
    Ibex frames are awesome... I've own a Zone and an 08 Iggy and they both just darn right perform and shred. I've also had saddle time on an 06 Asta and an 07 Atlas. Both bikes were awesome as well. I ride mostly DH/FR and these frames are holding up well to the abuse it's going through. All the frames are still alive and kicking with no signs of wear but cable rub and shuttling scratches... Look at the posts above and say hi in the Ibex forum... you'll get experience comments rather than those from angry LBS owners an Anti Ibex guys...

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    you guys sold me then. Ill check my LBS when im back home but if there isnt anything ill be getting the ignition probably just to get me to moab and back until i have enough for a dakar series or soemthing.
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