As a relatively new rider, I have spent the last few months and few hundred $$ upgrading components on my '05 Fisher Tassajara. I've come to the point where it just seems silly and I am ready to start to look for a new bike - which will be my first FS.
...as a relative newb, I am fairly uninformed as to the pros/cons of specific bikes, the amount of travel I need and in general, which bikes I should look at. I would likely end up buying a complete bike, but I wouldn't be opposed to buying a frame and individual components and having a local tech assemble it.
I mainly ride singletrack, XC type stuff. I don't ride anything too aggressive (no DH or FR) but would like to have something a bit sturdier so that when I get to that point, I can feel comfortable taking the ride out to the mountains here in NC for a little faster, more technical stuff.
A buddy of mine has a Santa Cruz Superlight and may be parting with the frameset and fork (at a really reasonable price) when he upgrades to a Blur. Another friend suggested a Sette Flite as a reasonably priced entry level FS, but I feel like I could do better? As espected, there seem to be fans and haters of almost any ride, but the ones that keep coming up it seems are the Giant Trance X*, Trek Fuel, Santa Cruz Heckler/Blur...any others I should consider?
The upper end of my budget will likely be $1800-2000. In terms of time-frame, I cannot see myself buying the bike before next spring (and destined to ride my HT through the winter) so I've got time to think, spec out the best ride for my $$ and research - I just need some solid starting recommendations. Any recommendations, the more specific the better (especially regarding specific components) would be great!
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