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    Giant Yukon FX vs Haro Shift R1

    I currently have a Trek 4300 disc that I am fairly happy with. However, I do have kind of a bad back/neck that always gets sore during/after rides. I was thinking that a FS bike would help relieve some of the back and neck issues due to a softer ride. I am trying to find something under $ 1,000. These are the two that I am down to. Giant Yukon FX or the Haro Shift R1. I don't know enough about components to figure which has the best setup. HELP!

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    Both are nice rides for the $, but if it were me I'd go with the Giant, IMO just a better suspension design. My riding bud has had one two years, and it's been a Great bike, it already comes with a really decent air shock, which is a plus, and the dart forks are much better then they used to be. Good luck, in that price range you won't find a better, more upgradable FS frame then the FX, plus it comes with a lifetime warranty.

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    The haro has 120mm and 4.5" of travel. The giant has 100mm and 4.0" of travel. Will this difference be noticeable on mostly packed dirt singletrack/XC riding? Also, can anyone speak to the components on these bikes it's hard to compare because one has shimano and the other SRAM. Which has the better set-up?

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    Hope Can I throw one more bike into the mix?

    How does the Motobecane 700DS compare to the Haro and Giant? Sorry to complicate things. Thanks a bunch!

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    i have a giant yukon fx and i love it, choosing between the giant and the haro, id go wit the giant, component wise the bikes are comparable, iv allwasy use shimano on my previous bikes, and i must say that i like the sram system much better, the push-push shifters are a lil weird at first, but i got used to it 1hr into my first ride.

    between the giant the the motobecane its a lil tricky, since the moto is slighty better specd for less money, if it was me and i was to consider between the giant and a motobecane, and buying both new, i would buy this http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...mcomp_ds08.htm for a lil more than the giant, you get a lot of bike for the money, with the tora fork and ario 2.1 ( maybe not the best shock in the world but better that a cheap house brand coil shock) avid juice 3 disk, and shimano xt rear derrailure, and IMHO a better suspesion desing than the 700 ds ( i find that a single pivot suspension is to bobby for my XC type riding)

    if i would have bouhgt my giant new, i most likely would have bought the moto fantom comp ds, but i got the giant cause i got a killer deal on a well cared, barely riden used 09 yukon fx

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    That motobecane Brujo recommends is very nicely spec for the $, I've bought 2 bikes online, 1 was a good experience the other a warranty nightmare. I've never ordered from bikesdirect, so I don't know, IMO stay away from the single pivot designs they just don't work as well. I would look around as much as possible at your LBS, I've heard of people scoring leftover 09 Specialized fsr xc comps for a grand, see if any shops around you carry KHS, usually alot of bike for the $. Good luck, if you still end up with the FX, doubt you'll regret it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiCain
    see if any shops around you carry KHS, usually alot of bike for the $. Good luck, if you still end up with the FX, doubt you'll regret it.
    I agree you wont be dissapointed with the yukon it is a great bike, i had a chance to buy a trance frame to upgrade mine, and decided against it and i dont regret it at all.

    all im saying if it was my money, and i was gonna drop $900 for the yukon, spend the extra $100 for the motobecane
    2009 Giant Yukon FX

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