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    New bike suggestions help?

    First off I'm a newbie to the MTB, I'm a trail runner and a road biker. Anyway I've narrowed down my choices to these. Any comments or suggestions I'd greatly appreciate it. These are the deals I've found nearby.


    Cannondale f29 alloy 2 $1980
    Trek Superfly al elite $1600
    Niner EMD $1900
    Specialized Stump Jumper comp 29 or evo 29 $2000

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    New bike suggestions help?

    That's a nice budget for a new bike. What kind of riding do you plan to do? Have you been to your local bike shop?


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    looking to do single track trails, no jumping or stunts. been to a couple of shops nearby these are the best suggestions from the shops nearby. None of them carry all of these and each said these would be the best for me. When I'm not on the trails I plan on using this to pull my son around in a burley. I'm about 5'8" 180.

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    For that budget I'd go with FS, there are plenty of good selections, one is the Spech you listed, also check out the Giant Trance X in both 26 or 29 version. Unless you are dead set on 29er, I'd suggest that you consider the 26er line up as well.

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    which one is the FS? I'm a newbie sorry

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    isn't the trance x like $3200?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chidoc View Post
    which one is the FS? I'm a newbie sorry
    FS, full suspension, front and back suspension. That would be the specialized evo and stumpy, and the trance x I mentioned, Trek Superfly 100 is also FS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chidoc View Post
    isn't the trance x like $3200?
    Depends on the model, some lower model like Trance X$ is about $1400

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    do the FS version cost a lot more and could I still pull a trailer with a FS?

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    looking to stay at or below 2K

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    New bike suggestions help?

    Yes. Trance x4 is below 2k for sure. Yes it should tow a trailer just fine.

    I'd also look in Craigslist for a used Cannondale rush or prophet you can probably find one about $700-900. Med or large should fit you fine, med is better though.


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    Lol, build your own. Buy and frame fork combo. Decide on what groupset you want and get up and personal with the new bike. Drop in a realy nice rear hub and dont buy carbon anything for a mountain setup.

    Carbon bikes are thow away 1 season for racers, road bikes..... ya i wont do carbon there either.

    If ur going to mtb go for durability. Forget about weightweenie.com

    Do you self a favor and go aluminum.

    X0 LEVEL groupset with grip shifts. This will get you a shifter with bearings and a derailuer with sealed cartridge bearing in the rear pulleys.

    Drop in hollow kmc chain and this setup will be fabulous for many many rides.

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    Oh ya, and the big brand name bikes, they are all made at the same factory in china.

    Dont fall for the BIG NAME MARKETING.

    Does not equate to BIG FUN. Although it may equate to big loss of your wallet lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjs1231 View Post
    Lol, build your own. Buy and frame fork combo. Decide on what groupset you want and get up and personal with the new bike. Drop in a realy nice rear hub and dont buy carbon anything for a mountain setup.

    Carbon bikes are thow away 1 season for racers, road bikes..... ya i wont do carbon there either.

    If ur going to mtb go for durability. Forget about weightweenie.com

    Do you self a favor and go aluminum.

    X0 LEVEL groupset with grip shifts. This will get you a shifter with bearings and a derailuer with sealed cartridge bearing in the rear pulleys.

    Drop in hollow kmc chain and this setup will be fabulous for many many rides.

    Wrd.
    ^^^this. Failed

    It would ended up more expensive than one would think. Unless op has the tool, the know how, and strong will to build up the bike. Take the pill and go with complete bike.

    I know op stated that he's already a roadie so if this apply to you as far as DIY then read up on the component trims.


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    thanks for the heads up on the giant trances i didn't realize FS is that affordable

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    New bike suggestions help?

    Quote Originally Posted by mjs1231 View Post
    Oh ya, and the big brand name bikes, they are all made at the same factory in china.

    Dont fall for the BIG NAME MARKETING.

    Does not equate to BIG FUN. Although it may equate to big loss of your wallet lol.
    Another epic fail.


    mjs1231 is just another troll, pay no attention

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    i wasn't paying attention to that anyway. I'm def not building my own

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    New bike suggestions help?

    How's your wrenching skills. If you know how to adjust your drivetrain and have tools used bike is not a bad option.


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    Definitely go with FX, with that budget..

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    is FX=FS

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    Cannondale Prophet Mountain Bike

    Specialized Stumpjumper Expert

    2008 Specialized Epic Expert

    Giant Trance X4 size Med (18")

    Giant XTC Alliance

    these are what i found locally any preference between these or should i go with something new like trance x29er 2?

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    Best thing for you is to look up the demo day in your area, take your time and commit to a few demos before you buy. 29ers have their pros and cons so, I would not limit my choices to just 29ers. I own all 3 wheel sizes 26, 650b(27.5), and 29 I like 26 the most.

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    The reason i was thinking along the 29er lines was that I wanted an easier time while pulling the the burley trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chidoc View Post
    The reason i was thinking along the 29er lines was that I wanted an easier time while pulling the the burley trailer.
    Well if the trail you plan to ride has a lot of slow spots 29er would not help much, many think that 29er can cruise at higher speed, but in reality it's not true unless you are talking about flat grade. 29er accelerate slower and harder to turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    Well if the trail you plan to ride has a lot of slow spots 29er would not help much, many think that 29er can cruise at higher speed, but in reality it's not true unless you are talking about flat grade. 29er accelerate slower and harder to turn.

    So if you had to choose one bike to be the most versatile for a variety of terrain what would it be? I may have a 2k budget but I can't get three bikes

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