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    Challenge: Looking for a new bike!

    Here's a challenge for you! I have just moved to Colorado, and am looking forward to taking advantage of the trails around here. I used to Mountain Bike from 1992 to 1996 and started again in 2007, but due to my job, had little time to pursue it. Now I have some free time with a new job so I'm looking to get back into it.

    I am 6'1" and weigh 260 lbs with a 30" inseam. I'll likely get down to around 220 to 225 lbs over the next 6 months.

    I'm looking for a bike that can go pretty much anywhere. I don't plan to ride very fast, but I do want to be able to go over rough terrain. I'm more into the challenge of climbing uphill (partly to take off the weight), but also want to have a bike that's good at riding downhill.

    Here's the rub. I'm also looking for a bike that I can use for some basic riding on the road (but not as often as offroad), and also want to be able to do some offroad bike touring. So I need a bike that can handle a lot of weight and has the fixtures for front and rear racks.

    I'm hoping to spend less then $1,000 but may consider spending more if I'm convinced it's worth it. Here's the other thing: if anybody knows of a dual suspension bike that can do all of the above I'd be willing to spend over $2,000, I just don't think it exists.

    I don't want a 38lb bike, but it doesn't have to be very light either. Durability would be more important then weight. I like to head for obstacles and run them over, so I can be rough on my bike.

    Please keep the advice coming! Oh yeah, I'll be replacing the pedals with platform pedals, and also want the most comforable seat I can possibly choose. I'll replace both of those items on whatever bike I purchase.

    Thanks for your advice!
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    When I came home today I was expecting some suggestions. Nobody has any suggestions??
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    Here was one option I was considering, what do you think:

    http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=unit
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    i live in denver, 5'10", 260 at the start of every season, i ride a 2009 giant trance x2. got it in 09 closeout for $2250. LOVE this bike. i havent maxed the rear shock out at all. it is way more bike than i am rider. the other option i had at the time of purchase was a santa cruz heckler.

    my advice, is go to a bunch of shops, throw a leg over, and go ride em. go to a demo day if you can, and wait for a close out! if you do go hardtail, id reccomend a 29'r, though i dont have any specific reccomendations.

    what part of town are you in? sheridan and dartmouth, there is a shop caled Mojo. talk to Bob. he is a real passionate bike guy. i purchased from westside cycles near colfax and wadsworth.

    hope this helps. lemme know if you wanna go ride sometime.
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    First off, there is no such thing as a good suspension bike with racks. You'd need the weight you're carrying to be suspended, and there isn't really a good way to do that. Second, it doesn't sound to me like you want a singlespeed - even if you found a gear that works for off road riding, and were ok single speeding on the road, the gearing you'd want for either would almost certainly be different. I can't imagine carrying touring gear on a singlespeed would be pleasant.

    First bike that comes to mind for what you say you want to do is a Salsa Fargo (http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...category=3707). If I were buying, I'd try to find a 2010 model, they had I think a better component pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zukrider
    i live in denver, 5'10", 260 at the start of every season, i ride a 2009 giant trance x2. got it in 09 closeout for $2250. LOVE this bike. i havent maxed the rear shock out at all. it is way more bike than i am rider. the other option i had at the time of purchase was a santa cruz heckler.

    my advice, is go to a bunch of shops, throw a leg over, and go ride em. go to a demo day if you can, and wait for a close out! if you do go hardtail, id reccomend a 29'r, though i dont have any specific reccomendations.

    what part of town are you in? sheridan and dartmouth, there is a shop caled Mojo. talk to Bob. he is a real passionate bike guy. i purchased from westside cycles near colfax and wadsworth.

    hope this helps. lemme know if you wanna go ride sometime.
    joe
    seven2o, 879/twenty2oh3
    I'll be moving to Pueblo before I purchase my bike so I'll likely check out the shops down there. I agree I'll need to test some bikes out to get a feel for them. But I'm really hoping to narrow down my choices before I go to pick my bike out. Having too many options before I go shopping can cause me to procrastinate on my decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules
    First off, there is no such thing as a good suspension bike with racks. You'd need the weight you're carrying to be suspended, and there isn't really a good way to do that. Second, it doesn't sound to me like you want a singlespeed - even if you found a gear that works for off road riding, and were ok single speeding on the road, the gearing you'd want for either would almost certainly be different. I can't imagine carrying touring gear on a singlespeed would be pleasant.

    First bike that comes to mind for what you say you want to do is a Salsa Fargo (http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...category=3707). If I were buying, I'd try to find a 2010 model, they had I think a better component pick.
    Thanks for helping to narrow things down. So basically I shouldn't bother looking at dual suspension bikes, they won't meet my needs. I didn't see any that would work but I figured I'd ask in case there was something I missed.

    Great point about carrying a ton of gear with a single speed, and also the fact that I'd really need a different gear ratio for roads vs. off road if I went single speed. That just won't work for me. Let me check out your suggestion. Thanks, you've really helped narrow down my choices which is great!
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    Okay....wow....this bike looks awesome! $1650 is higher then I hoped to spend, but not neccesarily out of the question. I don't like the idea of a drop bar though. I like to ride in a relaxed position so I'd probably prefer a riser bar. I wonder if I could get that changed?
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