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    Bike selection help

    So I'm hoping to pick up a new bike this weekend and have narrowed it down to a couple of choices. I'm on a budget and want to be out the door for well under $2000.

    Me: 42yo, 170lbs, 90% of my riding is done at Cheseboro Cyn/Las Virgenes Cyn which a bit of a mixed bag: some fire road, some single track, some rocky dh, lots of climbing. I'm no racer and feel too beat up on my old Hardrock so I want to go FS.

    On clearance: 2013 Trek Rumblefish (base model 120mm) $1600 or 2013 Trek Fuel EX 6 (130mm) - $1800

    Any thoughts or other recommendations that hit around $1700 before tax? Thanks

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    For that kind of $$$ you can get a REAL nice used bike. Yeti, Ellsworth, etc...

    Like this for example:

    2008-2009 Yeti 575 Large


    this isn't my bike, nor does it belong to anyone I know. Its just the first one to pop up when I searched Yeti on CL.

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    elkootcho, how tall are you????
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    honestly....buy used....I picked up a stumpjumper evo normally 4600 for 1800 on ebay...also picked up a 5200 nomad for 2200...(31 pounds carbon cranks and riser seat post)....buy used and get a great bike that hasn't been used much....many people buy a bike and never use it....I feel incredibly lucky for getting both bikes for my wife and myself
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    Bike selection help

    Couldn't agree more on buying used. I picked up 2 bikes (2008 DB Sortie 2 and a Sortie 1) for a grand.
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    FWIW I was once very close to getting a Rumblefish, and my riding at the time was primarily in that area too. I still ride all over Cheese and feel like my 120mm bike is plenty (except for certain trails where you'd want more than 130 for sure).
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    Thanks for the advice. I'm going to go and ride a few things this weekend. I've spent a little time on a Rumblefish Elite and liked it but still waffle between 29 vs 26.

    For those of you familiar with Cheseboro and surrounding area: do you recommend 29 or 26? I'm 5'11", 170lbs

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    Cheeseboro was in fact the place I decided to get a 29er. I definitely recommend demoing one first though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elkootcho View Post
    For those of you familiar with Cheseboro and surrounding area: do you recommend 29 or 26? I'm 5'11", 170lbs
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    Quote Originally Posted by elkootcho View Post
    For those of you familiar with Cheseboro and surrounding area: do you recommend 29 or 26? I'm 5'11", 170lbs
    That's my local trail, I ride there all the time. And I'm your size. A 26er will be fine - that's what I've ridden there for 15 years - but I just bought a 29er and it does very well with that type of riding. On the short technical sections of Cheeseboro the 29er rolls up easier and has more traction, which definitely makes it easier to make those sections.

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    again...thanks for all of the feedback. It's much appreciated.

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    i've ridden the rumble, rip9 and tracer. for a 29er i found both rip9 and tracer way more fun and nimble then the rumble.


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    I second (or third) the recommendation for a solid, high end used bike. I used to always buy new, but having purchased my last bike (Turner) used and getting a screaming deal, I see that is definitely the way to go.
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    29er for sure. Medium. Giant Anthem 2012.

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