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    Time to upgrade.. $1500 AM

    I've had a fuji thrill LT 1.0 for the last few years. It's been a great first "real" MTB, but just never felt quite right underneath me, and after getting into riding a bit more I want to upgrade to a better setup. I'm 6'3" and about 190lbs. I'm trying to keep my budget to $1500 (used). I have a couple bikes in mind, but was hoping for some more opinions on what bikes to look for.. Mainly looking for full suspension in 150-160mm travel.

    Here's one I found, a 2013 diamondback mission in Large

    Fork- 2013 Fox Float 34 160mm travel with CTD and 15mm thru axle (air)
    Shock- 2013 Fox Float with CTD, boost valve (air)
    Brakes- 2013 Avid Elixer 7 Trail hydraulic disc brakes, 200mm rotor front 180mm rotor rear
    Bars- DB Probar 740mm wide 25mm rise
    Stem- Easton 31.8mm
    Frame- Mission All Mountain 6061-T6 Weapons Grade Aluminum (19''/large frame)
    Front Derailleur- Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur- Sram x9
    Rims- 32h AM260HD Doublewall Disc
    Cranks- Raceface Respond cranks

    So with that, a couple questions. Will the large fit or will I be pushing it? Also, what other bikes should I consider that are about the same setup?

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    Also found a 2013 trek remedy 7. Looks all stock. 21.5". Seems like the remedy will be a better climber, but the mission has better parts all around that I likely wouldn't have to upgrade.

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    Large could be too small for you. Depends how much you plan to pedal it.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    I do lift/resort rides only 1-2 times a year. Looking to get more into it though, but also will be riding the local trails. Pedal my ass to the top and have some fun on the way down.

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    Get a bike that fits. It's certainly worth test riding the Mission. Sizing for bikes isn't consistent and noone can size you over the 'net.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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