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  1. #1
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    Mar 2010

    looking for a new fs all mountain/ trail bike.

    ok so i am 5' 11" and am currently tipping the scales at 240 lbs roughly. i am currently riding a HT with pretty basic components ( sram x5 3x9 with dart 1 fork). i have decided to go with a full suspension do to my knees not being able to take the beating while standing on decents. i have also decided to to get a new ride when i am able to reach 190 lbs as a bit of an extra reward. i am looking to get a bike with 5-6 inches of travel with sturdy air suspension and sram x7 or better drive train. the whole thing i am trying to keep in the neightbor hood of $2500 or less. i am currently looking at a GT force 2.0 or a norce fluid 1. what does everyone thinking of these two bike and does anyone have another suggestion in this price range.



  2. #2
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    Dec 2003
    The usual suspects are all worth checking out, Specialized, Trek, and Giant. If your dealer has a closeout on a 2010 bike, you can get what was a $3000 bike well within your budget.
    Riding slowly since 1977.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2010
    Like CDMC said. If you look at left over 2009's or 2010's, you can get a really nice 3K bike in your price range. You can also get a 2k to 2.5K bike for well under your max price.

    There are a lot of choices. One to look for would be a Fisher Roscoe I or II in a 2009 or 2010 leftover. If you like 29'ers then I'd look at the Fisher/Trek entry level Hi Fi. You'll only have 4-4.7 inches of travel but I've heard that the 29 inch wheels can make up the difference.

    I'm down to 232 pounds from 250 and I found a left over 2009 Hi Fi 26'er last summer for a thousand even. It was a steal at that price. It's been a very reliable ride.

    Good luck!!

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