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    Help me choose fellow Clydes

    Ok, so after months of research and demos, I have narrowed my search down to a few bikes in the $2000-$2500 (If I go any higher SWMBO will kill me). I am 6'3 and 270lbs and ride very aggressive on the downhill, but most of the trails around me are single track (I need something that can climb). So I guess I am looking for some input on the following bikes.

    2013 Specialized Camber Comp
    2013 Santa Cruz Superlight 29 RXC w/Fox 120mm fork

    and for the curve ball

    2013 Santa Cruz Heckler RAM w/ Rockshox Revelation

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

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    Out of those 3 I would choose the Heckler. I have a thing for more travel and if you are doing downhill it could help. I have friends out in El Paso that use it so I am sure it pedals well.
    I love my Giant reign and not sure I would give it up for anything but a reign x. Thought about the Heckler, but went with the reign as I prefer how it rode with me.

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    Swmbo? I can't decide between the sj or camber myself

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    She who must be obeyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdm74 View Post
    Swmbo? I can't decide between the sj or camber myself
    She Who Must Be Obeyed aka the wife. She wants me to keep my budget around $2500 or less, all three of those bikes full in that range, side note the Camber Comp is $2399 at LBS.

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    I'm also looking at a camber comp and have the choice between a 2012 and 2013. Both are about the same price but the 2012 uses Fox instead of RockShox components. Would you recommend one over the other?

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    If you are 270lbs, and ride aggressively, whatever you choose to buy at <$2,500, be sure to start saving up for a replacement rear hub, if not an entirely new wheelset. That's just the reality of being a big guy and riding aggressively. Other than that most bikes that aren't marketed as total XC race or super-lightweight will hold up fairly well so long as you're not careless/reckless.

    Finding 'aggressive clyde worthy' wheels on a stock bike usually puts you up quite a ways with the budget, so better to just plan on upgrading on whatever bike you choose at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WasteMindu View Post
    She Who Must Be Obeyed aka the wife. She wants me to keep my budget around $2500 or less, all three of those bikes full in that range, side note the Camber Comp is $2399 at LBS.
    I figured it was wife, lol..
    I'm in same boat ..right in that price range. But thinking of going with sj and there 12 months deal. Seems like a good way to sneak it past SWMBO

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    The more I think about it, I really like the bike shop that carries the Santa Cruz, so I guess my choice is 26er or 29er? Also, the Heckler is 650b convertible, so that is nice and by the time I get the cash for that 650b will be readily available.

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    I would go with the Heckler.

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    Just order my xl heckler in gun metal black. Should be here in 2 weeks.

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