Plan to get a full suspension 29er and would like to keep the budget as close to $2500 as possible, which limits me some component wise, but there does seem to be some good choices offered. I’m 6’2” and a girly 283. I’m working to get in the 230-250 range by the end of summer. I have been riding MTB’s 2 seasons, but I’m still short of having the lungs and legs to beat the trails entirely (bad knees too). Improving with each ride, but lots of room to grow as a MTB’er. I used to race moto-cross in my youth (thus the bad knees) and love the down hills, but the up hills are still a serious challenge at times since I am now over 50 and fat. The local trails are in the 8-12 miles range and offer hilly single track with a mixture of easy/moderate/high technical stuff. Currently ride a 2005 Rocky Mountain Element 30 that is a just bit small in size for me (23” top tube). I like the bike, but feel going to a 29er that fits is in my best interest for enjoying and growing as a rider.
Bikes, in random order, and approximate costs that I am considering:
•Trek HiFi Plus - $2,199.99
•Trek Rumblefish - $2,309.99
•Giant Anthem X 29er 3 - $2,350.00
•Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp - $2,600
•Rocky Mountain Altitude 29er - $2,499
•Kona Hei-Hei 2-9 SE - $2,599
•Salsa Spearfish $2,250
•Voodoo Canzo 29er -$2348 (via Adrenaline Bikes; Reba RL & SLX components)
Of course Trek, Giant and Specialized are all well represented with LBS support. Others would probably have to be purchased via internet, or special ordered.
Any others I should consider? Your opinions on the best choice will be appreciated. I have not had the chance to ride any of these, yet.
Wish Santa Cruz had something more affordable to offer in 29er’s. I love the Tall Boy, but not the entry fee.
Sorry for the long winded post, wanted to give some background to make everyone’s opinions more valid.
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