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    Looking to upgrade...BIG TIME

    This is my first post, and I'm not the most knowledgeable about mountainbiking in general. You could even say I'm a little bit of a dumb-a$$.
    Anyway, I'm currently looking to purchase a full suspension bike. I am going to buy it from an LBS which I trust. They deal with Specialized (only mountain bike I've owned), Titus, Giant, and Cannondale.
    My limit is $4000. I feel old (35). I have started to ride again 2 years ago after a 10 year "off season." I ride singlrtrack and XC. I stay in the saddle as much as possible, but I get more aggressive every month.
    The models I'm looking at are '08 Stumpy, '08 Epic, MotoLite, Racer X, Anthem, and Scapel. My first choice would be the new Stumpy, but after I went to the LBS today I left with more questions than answers.
    My current bike is a '94 Rockhopper Sport. I'd go into upgrades, but lets be real. You can't mount disc brakes on it, it's a rigid, it's 14 year old technology!
    Anyway, I'll appreciate any input.

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    If your LBS is open minded, buy a Motolite, and put a Lefty Max on the front. You'll have a truely unique ride, and get alot of questions, before you even get out of the parking lot. Just did one of those for a customer of mine, one sick bike!
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    I think its best to stay simple if its the first mountain bike you've bought in a while. Building up a frame will generally cost much more than buying a full bike, and will generally give you more stress if the LBS has you looking at 10 possible forks, 5 crankset options, etc...The Stumpy and Motolite won't have the same "go fast" feel that the Anthem, Scalpel Epic and Racer-X were designed to have...(they are more aimed towards racers) But, trying out each bike and actually riding one is the best way to tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RideFaster
    I think its best to stay simple if its the first mountain bike you've bought in a while. Building up a frame will generally cost much more than buying a full bike, and will generally give you more stress if the LBS has you looking at 10 possible forks, 5 crankset options, etc...

    Agreed, if they wanted to spend 2K, but at 4K, may as well have a fun time, and do what you like. Most shops deal with a supplier or two that offer whole bike (all but frame and fork) build kits, which often are "customizeable" to fit certain lusts. These are offered at lower than wholesale pricing, as it's a valid assumption, your buying a bit of "volume". This compensates for some of that price difference when compared to an out of the box bike. All depends on personality I suppose
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    I would suggest either a Carbon Rush or the Racer X. The racer x says racer but to me it is more of a all day bike. Both designs work great and will leave you with nothing to worry about but the trail.
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    The LBS has a Titus built up that looks pretty wicked as is. I'll see if they will slap a lefty on it and let me test ride it.
    I still have a couple of test rides before I narrow down the list.
    thanx

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgoodwin
    The LBS has a Titus built up that looks pretty wicked as is. I'll see if they will slap a lefty on it and let me test ride it.
    I still have a couple of test rides before I narrow down the list.
    thanx
    They should do it no questions asked (if they're smart), for that money they should get you whatever bike you want to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiar577
    They should do it no questions asked (if they're smart), for that money they should get you whatever bike you want to try.
    While I agree 100% I doubt they will. That said though, try it as is, (that's alot of work and expense to ask them to go through for a test ride) then, if you like it, order it built however you like
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