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    Yeti versus Giant Trance, Iron Horse MK111 and Commencal Meta 5.2

    Hi Guys,

    I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice between the following four bikes. Coming from Australia it is very hard to test ride them and I was wondering if anyone has any experience of these bikes.

    I realise the Yeti is around $1500 dearer. Is the money well spent or not as I will be basically riding single tracks and forestry road with the biggest drops of around 3 feet.

    Thanks in advance.

    Bike 1
    Commencal Meta 5.2 US$2000

    Frame: Meta 2 5" (130mm) 5" travel
    Fork: Fox Float 130RL
    Rear Shock: Fox Float RP3
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore LX
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X9
    Shifters: SRAM Trigger X9 3x9
    Brakes Levers: Formula Oro K18
    Brakes: Formula Oro K18 180/160
    Crankset: Race Face Evolve XC X-Type
    Headset:
    Saddle: SDG Bel Air CrMo
    Seat Post: Race Face Evolve XC
    Handlebar: Commencal Medium 7075 DB
    Grips: Commencal Kraton
    Stem: Race Face Evolve 6 Deg
    Tires: Maxxis High Roller 26x2.1
    Wheelset: Mavic XM321 Disc
    Weight: 13.1kg

    Bike 2
    Giant Trance 2 US$2000

    Frame: Aluxx SL FluidFormed alloy 4'travel
    Fork: Rockshox Reba
    Rear Shock: Fox Float R
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT
    Shifters: Shimano
    Brakes: Avid Juicy 5
    Crankset: Race Face Evolve XC
    Saddle: WTB Rocket saddle
    Seat Post: Easton EA50
    Handlebar: Easton EA50
    Grips: Giant Lock on
    Stem: Easton EA50
    Tires: Hutchinson Bulldogs 26x2.3
    Wheelset: Mavic XM317

    Bike 3
    Iron Horse MKIII Comp US$1850

    Frame: MKIII frame DWLink 5" travel
    Fork: Rock Shox Revelation
    Rear Shock: Manitou Radium Air
    Front Derailleur: SRAM XGEN
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X7
    Shifters: SRAM Trigger X7
    Brakes : Hayes HFX-9-XC
    Crankset: Truvativ Gigax
    Headset: FSA Orbit Z Zerostack
    Saddle: WTB WTB Rocket V
    Seat Post: Easton EA30
    Handlebar: Easton EA30
    Grips:
    Stem: Easton EA 30
    Tires: WTB Werewolf 26x2.35
    Wheelset: DT Swiss


    Bike 4
    Yeti 575 With the follow build US$3295

    Frame: 575 Anodized with the Carbon Swing arm
    Fork: Fox Vanilla RLC
    Rear Shock: Fox Float RP3
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT FD-761
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X9
    Shifters: SRAM Trigger X9
    Brakes : Avid Juicy 7
    Crankset: Race Face Deus XC
    Headset: Cane Creek S-2
    Saddle: WTB WTB Rocket V
    Seat Post: Thomson Elite
    Handlebar: Monkeylite XC Carbon
    Grips: Lock Grip
    Stem: Thomson 4X
    Tires: Maxxis High Roller 26x2.1
    Wheelset: Mavic XRide

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    i've ridden the MKIII and commencal, both are very capable bikes, the Commencal will climb better and has better frame quality, the iron horse likes to jump a bit more
    overall though i'd say the commencal as the hydroformed tubing, stainless pivots etc are much more reliable and serviceable
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    hi i am from brisbane and am in the same decision. i am looking specifically at the yeti 575, specialized stumpjumper and epic, and giant trance. i marked out the iron horse as the frame is apparently heavier than its competition. i will be having a test ride of the specialized and yeti bikes this weekend. hopefully i can get a test ride of the trance off road too but i don't think it's likely

    are you looking to buy the yeti locally or overseas? also how are you looking at the Commencal? are they in shops or do they have demo bikes circulating?

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    Hi,

    As I travel overseas a fair bit I would be looking to pick the Yeti up in Hong Kong if I decided on it. Without test riding one I can't tell if the extra money is worth it compared to the other bikes.
    The Commencal or Iron Horse I would try to get in the States off Randall Scott Cycles or the like.
    I haven't heard of any Commencals (Meta) in any bike shops over here in Australia. But it has gotten a lot of good reviews in the UK.
    I am even having trouble sourcing a Trance as everyone doesn't seem to have any large sizes left in stock. I suppose they are waiting for the 07 models which should be released in the next month or so.

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    commencal is so longer distributed in australia so i guess that marks it off.. i would prefer a ride first before buying any bike

    are yetis cheaper in hong kong? i've heard good things about yetis at fullcycles.com
    Last edited by iconic83; 08-07-2006 at 05:25 PM.

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    Hi Guys,

    Yes Yetis are cheaper in Hong Kong than Australia. But the catch is they only import frames and you have to build to whatever spec you want (which can be good or bad depending on your view). Most parts in HK are far cheaper than Australia. although some components can be found cheaper in the States.

    Having said that though the Australian Giant prices are really competitive against overseas Giant prices.

    Still doesn't help this dilema of picking the bike without readily gaining access to any of the bikes though

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    If you're on a budget get the Trance. I would reccomend the Yeti 575 if you are serious about mountain biking. The Yeti will carve up single track and give a resonably plush downhill experience. If mountain biking is leisure and fitness the Trance will do you well.

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    what are the prices for yetis in hong kong? do you have a rough price or website?

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    Hi Iconic.

    The web address is www.flyingball.com and I have PM'd you some of their prices.

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