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    6'3" 245lbs Need bike suggestions

    Looking to get into biking and need suggestions on bike to look into.

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    First thing to do is check the FAQ thread. It has a lot of good info to start. 6'3" and 245, we could be twins
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    that's the stupidest idea this side of pinkbike.

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    thanks will check it now

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    1. Budget: $1000-$2000
    2. Haven't looked at any bikes yet.
    3. Looking to do Cross Country
    4. Looking for full suspension
    5. age: 28, height: 6'3", weight: 245lbs.

    hope this helps. Looking to bike for fun and exercise and to supplement my photography habit. Don't know the lingo and haven't bike since I was a teen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by argg
    1. Budget: $1000-$2000
    2. Haven't looked at any bikes yet.
    3. Looking to do Cross Country
    4. Looking for full suspension
    5. age: 28, height: 6'3", weight: 245lbs.

    hope this helps. Looking to bike for fun and exercise and to supplement my photography habit. Don't know the lingo and haven't bike since I was a teen.
    Well, I would recommend a 29er for your height. This would all but eliminate a full suspension but 29ers roll over obstacles so much better that unless your riding really hardcore...you don't really need a full suspension. I actually went from a 5" full suspension to a 29er hardtail with a 3" travel fork and love it.

    Since your a newby, I would recommend going into a LBS to try out a few bikes. Gary Fisher, Specialized, Giant (for 2010), Jamis, Niner, Kona, and a few more all make several 29er hardtails that will fit into your budget.

    Good Luck

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    I'll second the 29er recommendation. So much nicer than a 26" bike at 6'3-4ish.. and yes, go test ride a bunch, they do fit differently. Right now is a good time too, since the '10 model years are rolling in and your LBS may have '09's or even (as was my case) '08's lying around and deals may abound.. plus there are a whole bunch of new 29ers out that are nice.
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    Look into a budget Voodoo Canzo, as big as they come, for your height. Full Sus frame at a very good price, or maybe a Kona Hei Hei.

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    trek 21.5 ex8.1999.00 currently at the trek stores in sandiego. When i bought my ex9 i was 6"4" 250. I weigh 230lbs now. I love this bike!!!!! and i ride the 21.5
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    $1000-1300 will get you a decent hard tail mtb. $1800-2400 will get you into about the same component class in full suspension bikes. 29er is a good option, but at 6'3" it isn't a necessity and typically they cost a bit more (not always mind you, but typically you get more bang for the buck staying on 26in wheels).

    I would recommend a visit to your local shops. See what they have left, it is getting late in the season so if you can find a 21/XL in stock you are likely to get a good deal. Trek, Specialized, Gary Fisher, and Giant all have good bikes in your price range.
    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine
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    I'll second the Trek Fuel EX. Heck, you might even be able to find a Remedy old stock under 2k, which, while an all mountain rig still pedals really well.

    The Specialized Pitch is a heck of a bike for the price. I like the look of the new stumpjumpers as well.

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