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    2008 Rocky Mountain Fusion vs Iron Horse Warrior 6.0

    Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and would appreciate your opinions and advice. I have been biking for a long time but have very little MTB experience. Anyway I'm looking to get into the sport and my intended use is for off road only ie I wont be using it on a road.

    I'm 5' 10", 160 lbs, 43 y/o (taking the suggestions seriously!) and my budget is about 500-600 and I could go a little higher, around 700.00 if I had to.

    The 2 bikes I'm looking at are the Rocky Mountain Fusion and the Iron Horse Warrior 6.0 from my LBS who has them on sale. The Fusion is about 625.00 and the 6.0 is 525.00. I rode both in the parking lot and wanted to like the Fusion but the 6.0 seemed like a better fit.

    I know the RM Fusion has better components and is lighter that the 6.0 and that IH is going bankrupt. I'm going to go back and try them again but would appreciate your input for/against. I'm also wondering if I'd be better off getting something cheaper for now - they have a Scott Aspect 55 for 380.00

    They only have the IH in a 17" and the Fusion in 18". Interestingly I could not find the Fusion on Rocky Mountain's 2008 website!

    Thanks!!

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN Fusion Bike, '08 http://www.ems.com/1/2/5453-reviews-...n-bike-08.html

    - Sloping Top-Tube Geometry for quick steering, better handling and greater pedaling efficiency
    - Size-specific tubing so ride quality remains consistent throughout the size range
    - Hand built Wheeltech™ wheelset
    - Rock Shox® Dart 2 fork with lock out and blow-off mechanism for unforeseen impacts and obstacles
    - WTB Speed V saddle for all day riding comfort
    - Disc brakes for stopping power and easy maintenance
    - RMB Custom 7005 aluminum tubing

    Frame RMB Custom 7005 aluminum
    Fork Rock Shox Dart 2
    Brakes Shimano BR-M465 Disc
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore 31.8mm
    Rear Derailleur Shimano LX
    Pedals VP-550 flat w/pins
    Saddle WTB Speed V

    IH Warrior 6.0

    CATEGORY TRAIL SINGLE PIVOT DUAL SUSPENSION
    FRAME 5" TRAVEL TRAIL DUAL SUSPENSION, SINGLE PIVOT W/ SEALED BEARINGS, 1-1/8" ZERO STACK HEADTUBE, REPLACEABLE DERAILLEUR HANGER, INTERNATIONAL DISC BRAKE MOUNT
    REAR SHOCK SR/SUNTOUR RS-8 EPICON AIR, 7.5"X2"
    FORK ROCK SHOX TORA 289, U-TURN 85MM-130MM TRAVEL
    HANDLEBAR EASTON EA30, LOW RISE, 685MM, 31.8MM CLAMP
    STEM EASTON EA30, 31.8MM CLAMP
    HEADSET NO 10, ZEROSTACK
    BB FSA POWER DRIVE, 73X113MM
    CRANK FSA ALPHA DRIVE, 15-17"=170MM, 19-21"=175MM
    RINGS FSA, 42/32/22T
    PEDALS CRANK BROTHERS SMARTY CLIPLESS
    CHAIN KMC Z72
    SADDLE WTB PURE V SPORT
    SEATPOST EASTON EA30, 30.0MM
    F. HUB ALLOY DISC, 32H
    R. HUB ALLOY DISC, 32H
    F. DER SHIMANO ALIVIO, 34.9MM CLAMP
    R. DER SRAM X.5 TRIGGER
    SHIFTER SRAM X.5 TRIGGER
    CASSETTE SRAM PG-850, 11/34T, 8 SPEED
    BRAKES SHIMANO M485 HYDRAULIC W/ 160MM ROTORS
    BRAKE LEVER SHIMANO M485 HYDRAULIC

    Scott Aspect 55
    Features/Benefits
    - Suntour XCM front suspension with lockout and 100mm of travel to ease out the bumps
    - Shimano EZ-fire plus shifter for efficient gear changes
    - Integrated headtube for accurate and problem free steering
    - Reliable all weather stopping power of disc brakes
    - Xerama platform pedals

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    Specs
    Frame 6061 Aluminum
    Fork Suntour XCM
    Brakes Shimano M416 Disc
    Front Derailleur Shimano FD-TY 10
    Pedals Platform

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    the 2009 .http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...E=520&Y=2009#2
    and the 2008 http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...KE=44&Y=2008#2
    personally i'd go for the fusion. I have a vertex myself and love it..

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    ... and if we just ...

    Hey tilk, thanks for the links. I don't know how I missed the 2008 one!

    Anyway, the bike store actually allowed me to take a bike out on the trails to try it out! So I took the Fusion out on Wednesday. It was good timing because yesterday the Boston chapter of NEMBA was hosting the first ride of the season, so I was able to go with them and had a blast.

    Big shout out to all of them, esp Sunil, Tim, and Anthony for making me feel welcome and showing me stuff.

    Anyway the bike felt great and I bought it! I'm hoping to go out on my own today and keep riding with nemba. I'm hooked!

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