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  1. #1
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    Apr 2011

    XC bike under $1100

    I'm looking to buy a bike. I see there is a "sticky" thread that indicates what I should ask. Here goes.
    1. Budget - $1100
    2. Currently thinking about - GT Avalanche 1.0 (, Jamis Dragon 29 Sport (, Jamis Durango 3 ( Cannondale Trail SL 29 2 (
    3. I ride mostly technical Cross Country. Mostly heavily eroded ATV trails with little to no trail maintenance. Typical ride averages about 8 MPH.
    4. No preference over HT vs. FS, but I would prefer nicer components, so at this price, I am settling for HT in order to get better components.
    5. Age - 29, Wt - 170 lbs, ht - 5 ft 8 in
    6. Sources, I would purchase from anywhere, but would prefer to buy from a local bike shop. The bike shops around here only sell, GT, Jamis, Felt, Giant, so if it's another brand, I will have to purchase somewhere else.
    7. I am open to other bikes.

    I don't have many friends that ride, so I don't have a lot of bikes that I can try out. I've never ridden a 29er, and based on my height, 5 ft, 8 inches and the technical terrain that I ride, I'm nervous to buy a 29er. I've always ridden Shimano Shifters and I'm afraid I won't like SRAM, but a lot of the stuff i'm reading says SRAM is better.

    I live in upstate New York, near the borders of Mass and VT. All of the bike shops around here are small, and only carry bikes for around $600 and under. So I don't really have a way to try out bikes. What's the best way to get to ride a bike to make sure I like it? How do I find demos, rentals, etc?

    Any advice that you can offer would be appreciated. Thanks for your help.

  2. #2
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    Jun 2007
    The specs on the bikes you listed look similar except the c'dale - alivio. The only way to know if you like a 29er is to ride one. Some people like 'em. Some don't. I'm guessing taller people may prefer them more than people our height.

    If you want to consider a mail order bike, jenson shows they still have some medium BF Expert. Looks like a heck of a bike for the money.

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