NEW BIKE: Older High End Bike ('03-'06) vs. Newer Medium Range Bike '12?
I've been out of riding for several years and now going to get back into it so looking at getting a new (to me) FS bike, mainly for just standard cross country riding; budget around $1,000.
My question is, in your opinion(s) are the older higher end bikes, say 2003-2006, santa cruz heckler/blur, ellswroth truth, turners, etc. they way to go in order to get a nice used bike with higher end frame/drivetrain. OR, has technology increased enough that getting a medium range bike that's a few years old is totally worth it.
Specifically looking at 2006 Ellsworth Truth, 2003 Turner 5 Spot, 2007 Santa Cruz Heckler as older nice bikes VS a 2012 Specialized Camber 29er as a medium range. All around the same price.
If you go with 26" wheels there are a lot of deals to be had used. Depends on your location obviously. Used full suspension can be a great deal or a money pit. Bearings and shock are blown and you're not gonna be happy. Along with wear on the rest of the bike. It really depends on condition and fit. In that price range I would go used, you will get much better components, as long as they are in good shape.
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In your area(Portland) I'd go with the Camber for the long run. More easily sellable if you drop out. A good platform for fork, shock, wheels upgrades if you are riding.
Here's a review.
Specialized Camber Expert Carbon EVO 29: 2014 Bible of Bike - Mountain Bike Tests - YouTube
That Camber is a great handling bike. I had one, and I think that it was a '12, not sure though as I bought it from a friend. I ripped the trails on that thing like it was no ones business. BB was a bit low for me so I ended up selling it.
'13 FELT TK3 / '09 Jamis Sonik
The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.
2014 miles - 2421/2500
Great. Thanks. The Camber I'm looking it is the base model 2012 29er version. Has XT...seems like low end brake levers, etc. but probably fine for me.
Brake upgrade from CRC for m615 is $113 fr/rr.
Looks like the base is not the new frame. I would keep looking for a Comp.
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