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    Ibex Alpine (550 or 650 ) OR Woodstock 505 Bike?

    Hi All,

    My first post here so please don't burn me.
    I have been researching lots about hardtails and I think I have finally narrowed it down to the following 3 bikes:

    A - Ibex Alpine 550 - $500
    B - Ibex Alpine 650 - $600
    C - Woodstock 505 - $650

    The Ibex models (http://www.ibexbikes.com/Stacks/Series_Alpine.html ) are new for 2008 so they don't even have a picture up so I am purely going based on the mtbr reviews of older years.
    The Ibex Alpine 550 (http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/ALP-550-Details.html ) uses SRAM parts that seem to be just OK, whereas the Ibex Alpine 650 (http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/ALP-650-Details.html ) uses all Shimano parts and appears to have the nicest fork out of all three models?.

    As far as the woodstock 505 (http://www.woodstockbikes.com/505/505.htm ) It also has some great reviews and it uses higher end SRAM parts than the Ibex Alpine 550. It also uses the same brakes as the Alpine 650 being AVID BB-5 Mechanical Discs.

    I plan on using the bike half of the time on pavement paths and the other half on wooded (xc) trails.

    Below are the specs for all 3 bikes:


    IBEX Alpine 550:


    Frame: Double-Butted 6061 Aluminum
    Fork: Marzocchi MZ Race - 100mm - Lockout
    Shifters: SRAM X5 Triggers
    Front Derailleur: SRAM 3.0
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X5
    Crankset: FSA Alpha Drive (42/32/22T)
    Bottom Bracket: FSA PowerDrive Splined Cartridge
    Cassette: Shimano HG40-8i (11-34T)
    Chain: KMC Z8
    Brakes: Hayes MX-4 Mechanical Disc Brakes
    Levers: Hayes HML
    Rims: WTB SpeedDisc Double-Wall
    Hubs: Formula Disc
    Tires: WTB VelociRaptor - 26" x 2.10
    Headset: Aheadset STS-2K
    Handlebar: UNO Alloy - 25mm Rise x 640mm
    Stem: UNO 3D Forged Alloy
    Seatpost: UNO Microadjust Alloy - 31.6mm dia.
    Saddle: WTB Pure V Race
    Pedals: Wellgo Platform w/ Toe-Clips

    IBEX ALPINE 650:

    Frame: Double-Butted 6061 Aluminum
    Fork: Marzocchi MZ Race - 100mm - Lockout
    Shifters: SRAM X5 Triggers
    Front Derailleur: SRAM 3.0
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X5
    Crankset: FSA Alpha Drive (42/32/22T)
    Bottom Bracket: FSA PowerDrive Splined Cartridge
    Cassette: Shimano HG40-8i (11-34T)
    Chain: KMC Z8
    Brakes: Hayes MX-4 Mechanical Disc Brakes
    Levers: Hayes HML
    Rims: WTB SpeedDisc Double-Wall
    Hubs: Formula Disc
    Tires: WTB VelociRaptor - 26" x 2.10
    Headset: Aheadset STS-2K
    Handlebar: UNO Alloy - 25mm Rise x 640mm
    Stem: UNO 3D Forged Alloy
    Seatpost: UNO Microadjust Alloy - 31.6mm dia.
    Saddle: WTB Pure V Race
    Pedals: Wellgo Platform w/ Toe-Clips

    WOODSTOCK 505:

    Bottom Bracket: Truvativ Powerspline
    Brake Levers: Avid FR-5
    Cassette: SRAM PG950, 1134T, 9 speed
    Crankset: Truvativ Blaze 3.0, 9 speed
    Chain: SRAM PC-951
    Chainwheel 44/32/22
    Front Fork: Manitou Axel Elite FFD (Fluid Flow Damping) w/100mm Travel, Upgraded with Firm Spring & Lockout
    Frame: Double-Butted Diamond 6061 Alloy (YM801-1)
    Front Brake: Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore Top Swing
    Front Hub: WTB LaserDisc Lite
    Grips Velo VLG-486AD2 ViceGrips
    Handlebar: Answer ProTaper
    Headset: WTB Momentum C
    Pedals: Wellgo LU-964 Alloy
    Rear Brake: Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X-7
    Rear Hub: WTB LaserDisc Lite
    Rims: Dual Duty XC
    Saddle: WTB Lazer V Team
    Seatpost: Truvativ XR Single Bolt
    Shifters: SRAM X-7 Trigger
    Stem: Truvativ XR
    Spokes: 14G Stainless Steel Black
    Tires: WTB Weirwolf 26" x 2.1"

    I was wondering what you all think about the above three bikes. I'd like to get your opinions on each and also which one you would recommend.

    Also, I am 6' tall, 175lbs and if I measures correctly, I have a 33" standing clearance so I think I'd go for the 19" woodstock or the 20" Ibex bikes?

    Thanks you so much for your help!

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    I think since your budget is already at $650, you should disregard the Alpine 550 and go with the 650. The Marzocchi MX lockout fork on the 2008 Alpine 650 is a lot better than the Manitou Axel.

    PS. You copy pasted the Ibex Specifications wrong :-)
    Frame: Double-Butted 6061 Aluminum
    Fork: Marzocchi MX Lockout - 100mm
    Shifters: Shimano Deore Rapidfire (SL-M530)
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore (FD-M530)
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano LX (RD-M581-SGS)
    Crankset: Shimano M442
    Bottom-Bracket: Shimano Octalink (BB-ES25)
    Cassette: Shimano HG 50 9-spd (11-32T)
    Chain: KMC Z9200
    Brakes: Avid BB-5 Mechaincal Discs
    Levers: Avid FR-5
    Rims: WTB SpeedDisc Double-Wall Alloy
    Hubs: Formula Disc
    Tires: WTB VelociRaptor - 26" x 2.10
    Headset:Aheadset STS-2K
    Handlebar:UNO Alloy - 25mm Rise x 640mm
    Stem:UNO 3D Forged Alloy
    Seatpost:UNO Microadjust Alloy - 31.6mm dia.
    Saddle: WTB Pure V Race
    Pedals: Shimano M505 Clipless w/ Cleats

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    Between the Ibex 650 & the Woodstock 505 it's a toss up whichever one makes you warm & fuzzy feeling is the way to go. The difference between the Alpine 550 & the other 2 is huge & if you are feeling the $650 mode dont go backwards.
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    Alpine 650 vs Woodstock... The Ibex wins...

    Marzocchi MX Lockout vs Manitou Axel Elite
    KMC Z9200 vs Sram PG951
    Shimano M505 vs Welgo LU964
    Pure V vs Laser V


    Though... Woodstocks is better here

    WTB Weirwolves vs WTB Velociraptors
    Sram X7 shifter vs Shimano Deore shifter
    Answer Protaper vs Uno Handlebars

    It's a pick your poison... I say Ibex cause the fork on there is way better then the Axel and that alone is quite a lot of money into it. Tires are going to be changed anyways for personal preference later on... Drivetrain depends on whether you like SRAM or Shimano... Plus Ibex is cheaper... Ibex for sure... XD

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