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    Upgrading to full suspension-question

    I still consider myself a beginner mountain biker, only been riding for about 3 months. I am using a Trek 6000 hardtail as of now, but the bike is not mine. I am looking to upgrade to a full suspension because I would like to begin to do more drops, jumps, intense riding, etc. I am fully aware that full suspensions are way more expensive than hard tails for the most part, but like most people I am on a budget of about $1200. Can anyone let me know if there is anything decent that I can get for around that price? Or should I look around for used full suspensions? I have found a 2012 Kona Takuni for $750 and a 2013 cannondale RZ one twenty 1 for $1000. Like I said, I am a beginner and any help on this subject would be appreciated. Thank you!

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    1200$ could get you something FS used ,you need to know what to look at when looking at used bikes. You can do all of the kinds of riding that you want to do on a hardtail. Look for a all mountain hardtail .

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    Can you recommend any All Mountain hardtails?

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    Go to the all mountain forum and post there ,I'm sure you'll get a ton of reponses.

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    I would go used and like others this is better answered in the all mountain. I know of someone who has gotten a used Giant Trance within that budget though.
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    Go for used.

    You don't need FS to charge. Sack up and start hitting that stuff now. FS just raises the speed limit.
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