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    New guy needs help

    I am 28 years old 6'3" 275lbs I am wanting to get back into mountain biking it has been about ten years. I was trying to get some advice on what kind of bike would be best for me. My budget is no more than $1500 I want a dual suspension bike that I would be riding on some basic trails for now. I went down to sun and ski sports and set on some different bikes there, and because of my weight the rear shocks were almost maxed out. Would I need to buy a new rear shock that could support me? Thanks.

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    you will llikely need a rear shock with a coil spring.

    Are you sure you need/wany a FS?

    The Kona Hoss hardtail is a good big guy bike.

    The Santa Cruz Heckler FS would aslo work, but a $1500 budget means a basic build.

    I would search the forums here for a lot more advice
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    Santa Cruz Blur XC?

    http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/blurlt/

    MTBR Reviews:
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    Some MTBR members recently got a killer deal @ Chainlove.com:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/where-best-deals/santa-cruz-blur-xc-chainlove-505269.html#post5539105

    Just to make certain, do you really want/need rear suspension? If not, your bike options really open up...

    EDIT:
    Apparently this was a bad suggestion, based on the opinion of another poster in this thread. My bad.

    I have a clyde friend who has ridden one of these for the last 18 months without problem; he's only 240-245, however, and I'm not sure what - if any - upgrades he may have undertaken with regards to the suspension, wheels, etc. My apologies if I led you astray.

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    At your size you may want a 29er. Specialized FSR 29er goes for about $1600 without the brain. I am 6 foot and was 278lbs. Now 264lbs after riding my new 29er 400 miles in the last 8 weeks. 29ers are good for us big guys. I was on a 10 year old fsr xc until I broke the frame. You will need to maintain your shocks no matter what you buy. At our weight they need some lovin' often!!..but I have never had an air shock completely fail me.....I ride advanced XC trails....no long drop off or full mountain stuff...but do love to bomb down hills.
    I bought last years FSR 29er with brain for $2500.( $1600 below original msrp.) There are good deals out there if you are OK with last years model.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dog.gone
    Santa Cruz Blur XC?

    http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/blurlt/

    MTBR Reviews:
    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/xc-sus...2_1526crx.aspx

    Some MTBR members recently got a killer deal @ Chainlove.com:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?p=5539105

    Just to make certain, do you really want/need rear suspension? If not, your bike options really open up...
    An XC race bike for a 275 pound guy?



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    I would def say go with a 29er for your height. Are you sure you need a FS I now when I was that weight I didn't even think about it plus when you loose a bunch of weight you are going to want to treat yourself to a new bike anyway and that might be the time to go FS. This way you can get more component bang for the buck. There are tons of nice 29ers out there for that price to. I love my Haro Mary SS and the make a geared as well.
    http://www.harobikes.com/mtb/tab2_subNav5.php
    http://vassagocycles.com/bandersnatch.html

    My GF and riding buddy both ride Fuji 29ers and have yet to break them even here in AZ
    http://www.fujibikes.com/Mountain/29er.aspx

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    After some more research.I have decided on a hardtail I went up to suns and ski, and the salesman showed me the marin alpine trail 29er for $699 it sounded like a good deal. Now, I am wondering If I should get it or spend some more cash on a better hardtail 29er. Where is the best place to get a deal on bikes? http://www.marinbikes.com/2009/us/bi...trail_29er.php

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    I wouldn't go with that one. Definitely try and stick around your 1500 mark.

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    Look into this bike as well its sligtly out of your range but maybe you can find last years model or get a shop to get you a deal http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/x-caliber very nice bike a little cheaper http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/cobia

    This Kona has a bomb proof crankset http://konaworld.com/09_bigkahuna_u.cfm

    but def consider the Haro Mary geared I love my Haro.

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    Just a thought in terms of budget...

    I'm finding that I'm spending as much on accessories, upgrades/changes, clothing, etc. as I did on the bike itself. Granted, my bike was only $500, but the subsequent expenditures can add up quickly.

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