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    what is the best all around bike?

    hey! i'm currently looking for the best all around bike as my primary trail bike and i currently own a 8.5 inch travel dh bike and a dj bike witch i use as my trail bike with the seatpost way up...what in your opinion would be the best value for money all around freeride oriented bike that could do everything...?

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    Mine..... for me anyway

    YMMV. You might try posting this question on the AM board or "What bike to buy".
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    Giant Reign X?

    Reign X1/X0? I admit I've never ridden one (okay okay I know I shouldn't be recommending it!), but it seems awesome based on these...

    http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Allmtn_F...t_127848.shtml

    2007 Reign X review

    I love Giant's suspension design (is it Maestro?). It makes the standover ridiculously low for a FS which makes it highly flickable and a great all around bike. And it weighs a modest, if a little hefty for XC 33.6 pounds.

    Again. I have never ridden it, but have dreamed day and night of owning one. Okay, only during school I guess.

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    I have a transistion preston,its a freeride/allmountain bike that is pretty versatile. I use it for riding trails and commuting to and from work,its kinda my work horse bike.I also have a pugsley , I use it for riding snow trails in the winter and beach riding in the summer.If I could pick only one bike it would be the pugsley, because here in Alaska its the only bike I can say that I could truly ride all year.

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    Turner Six Pack

    I have a 5-spot built reasonably light, and it sounds like you want more of a FR set up. It simply shines in every kind of riding I like to do. I've had hard tails, soft tails, and now this bike. I have a 29er, two single speeds, and I just can't imagine a better one single bike. Sure, I ride my other bikes, but I can't think of one ride where the turner would not have been an excellent chioce.

    If I had to choose one bike for the rest of my life, it would most likely be a Turner Sultan. If I had to choose one for you, I think it wouldbe a six pack.
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    krob has a point -- 6.6; that or a nomad.
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    Another vote for Turner

    5spot or 6pack bushing system lasts forever, stays clean, no bearings to replace,
    Handles everything with confidence. Turner has the best customer service. Ask anyone on these boards. My burner is light AND burly...
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    There's a lot of bikes out there, if it's freeridey, SX Trail, Nomad, Reign X, oh and one of those automatic seatpost, that have a switch to control height quickly.

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    I use my Bullit as my "do it all bike". It comes in at 36 pounds. The thing climbs decently enough as long as you stay in the saddle.You can still find these frames in good shape. A heckler would be a good choice as well.

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    Nice

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    is that thing for real?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1+1
    is that thing for real?
    +1 is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by extensive
    +1 is it?
    Damn, dude, either the sticker job is really good or I'm baked.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1+1
    Damn, dude, either the sticker job is really good or I'm baked.....
    ha, it looks like a turner flux maybe with some huffy stickers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop
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    HUFFY?! THAT IS SO SICK!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    HUFFY?! THAT IS SO SICK!!
    Yup, that's one sweet looking ride. Were the shocks aftermarket or did they come stock? And the model, Aquaholic, does that make it a water bike as well, like the ones you can take your kids on at amusement parks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop
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    IS THAT A TRUE HUFFY
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1+1
    Damn, dude, either the sticker job is really good or I'm baked.....

    lol...it looks like it
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66
    I use my Bullit as my "do it all bike". It comes in at 36 pounds. The thing climbs decently enough as long as you stay in the saddle.You can still find these frames in good shape. A heckler would be a good choice as well.



    36 pounds for a do it all bike is on the heavy side my dh bike is around 40 pounds and it is a nightmare going uphill....it doesn't need to be super exotic,i want something around 5 or 6 inch of travel...what about this bike... http://devinci.com/9712_fr.html
    ouin! pas pire.

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    Ventana Terramoto.....nuff said

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    I use mine for DH as opposed to FR, but my Spec Enduro Expert is great. I am a slow climber anyway, so don't mind putting it in granny. The bike rolls over just about everything going up and is great on the way down.


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    Mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLEKID5
    IS THAT A TRUE HUFFY
    Uh.... you guys need to get around a little more. May I suggest the Turner Forum and the SoCal forum for more of Aquaholic's humerous antics.
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    Titus Switchblade. 5.7 rocker. Talas RLC. 5/5 front and back. <30lbs. Climbs like a goat. Handles 6-8ft drops to transition. Nails fast sweeping runs and eats technical sections for breakfast. Great in the air. Stiff as an over-microwaved enchilada. Looks good while doing it all.

    Pretty decent all-rounder imho.

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    I've been riding a Bionicon Golden Willow for 9 months now and its the most adaptable bike I've ever ridden. The whole Bionicon line is built around adjustable geometry. Push a button, shift your weight and you change a bike with slack downhill angles into an agressive nimble climber.

    Photo John wrote a detailed review here:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/blog.php?do=showentry&e=873

    My Golden Willow comes in about 29 lbs, much lighter than 36 lbs and it climbs better than my hard tail. That's not because its lighter but because I'm forward and balanced on the bike instead of doing a pullup on the handlebar on really steep hills.

    If you're looking for an all-around bike that does everything well with no compromises like most all-mountain bikes, then Bionicon is the way to go.

    Riding one is an eye-opening experience and I heard the Bionicon team will be at the Whiskey Off Road in Prescott this weekend if anyone is around and wants to check out the bikes.

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    I've spent very little time on the Golden Willow, but have the 6" Edison from Bionicon, and have to second mercury's recommendation. I've had just under three years, and it has been great. It's a single pivot swingarm as opposed to the horst link willow, but has the same adjustable geometry system that makes it a decent climber and a great downhiller. I have the 6" bike at about 28 1/2 pounds or so, depending on tire choice, and using spinergy wheels and a gravity dropper seatpost. There are pics on my profile.
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    its gotta be a bike thats under 33pounds, it would need front and rear suspension and hopefully a lot of it, its gotta have good parts.

    a heckler is a good choice i think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercury+Fly
    I've been riding a Bionicon Golden Willow for 9 months now and its the most adaptable bike I've ever ridden. The whole Bionicon line is built around adjustable geometry. Push a button, shift your weight and you change a bike with slack downhill angles into an agressive nimble climber.

    Photo John wrote a detailed review here:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/blog.php?do=showentry&e=873

    My Golden Willow comes in about 29 lbs, much lighter than 36 lbs and it climbs better than my hard tail. That's not because its lighter but because I'm forward and balanced on the bike instead of doing a pullup on the handlebar on really steep hills.

    If you're looking for an all-around bike that does everything well with no compromises like most all-mountain bikes, then Bionicon is the way to go.

    Riding one is an eye-opening experience and I heard the Bionicon team will be at the Whiskey Off Road in Prescott this weekend if anyone is around and wants to check out the bikes.
    I'll can second that suggestion. I've been riding my new 2006 and a half (last year's frame with this year's parts) Golden Willow for about a month and really enjoy it. My last ride was down National on South Mountain. I still walked a few of the technical spots, but overall the bike pretty much turned the fear into fun. Down on the easier Desert Classic where I usually ride, I steepen the angle of the head tube and get the quick handling of that late 80's eastern-style geometry. (To adjust the head angle of the bike you just shift your weight forward or back while pushing the handlebar control.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedroy
    My burner is light AND burly...
    And tricked out too with XR rockers. I too ride an red XR burner. Nice all around ride in my book.
    I'd rather be riding my bike...

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    Mine...

    Not an FR bike but this is my perfect bike!!!
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    Giant Reign Sucka!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    Uh.... you guys need to get around a little more. May I suggest the Turner Forum and the SoCal forum for more of Aquaholic's humerous antics.


    That Huffy can HUCK!




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    Quote Originally Posted by meat tooth paste
    And tricked out too with XR rockers. I too ride an red XR burner. Nice all around ride in my book.
    I'll second that, wait, you already did. I'll third it.

    Can't believe it took me over 6 months to get round to fitting my XR rockers. What a difference.

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