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    Any New Downhill bikes for around 3500$?

    After my first full season riding lift access last summer I'm ready (and more importantly, have the funds) to step up to a big bike. I had a week long trip to Whistler and rode the new park at Stevens pass almost every weekend last year and look to ride Whistler at least a few more times and ride as much Downhill as possible this year.

    My current AM bike is a Titus El Guapo V3 with a Fox Van 36, Stan's ZTR Flows on Hope Pro II Evo's, SLX/XT 1x9 drivetrain, and XT Stoppers which worked very well but I'm ready for more. I ride a medium frame usually, 5'10 200 pounds and ride fairly aggressively and as fast as my skills allow which are getting better and better.

    I'm looking to spend around 3500$ or so on a complete build and haven't come across a whole lot yet since I could spend that on just a frame set. The Kona Operator, and Norco Aurum 3 both look pretty good with the nod going towards the Kona so far. I'm just looking for some other suggestions to check out and I'm looking to buy new unless I come across something used in unusually good shape. I'm not really too into the big brands like Trek, Spesh and Giant and would prefer a smaller company but I'm pretty open to suggestions.
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    To be honest, buying used is where it's at. But if you broaden your choice of bikes you can probably get a steller rig with that coin.
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    buy used, you'll get a far superior bike/components for that price

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    Re: Any New Downhill bikes for around 3500$?

    Giant glory 2 is about 3200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chef7734 View Post
    Giant glory 2 is about 3200.
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    I 2nd this.. Glory is probably the best bang for your buck.

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    Specialized Status.

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    seriously, neither the Status or the Glory 2 will give you a ride as good as this :

    Pivot Phoenix 2012 Size M almost new! - Pinkbike


    and thats only the first bike that popped on a long list of hundreds of bikes on there...

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    Re: Any New Downhill bikes for around 3500$?

    Quote Originally Posted by tuumbaq View Post
    seriously, neither the Status or the Glory 2 will give you a ride as good as this :

    Pivot Phoenix 2012 Size M almost new! - Pinkbike


    and thats only the first bike that popped on a long list of hundreds of bikes on there...
    Why do you say that? The glory is an amazing bike. I know its more than the bike, but both worlds and red bull rampage was won on glorys.

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    For 3500, you can get almost any year old DH bike with a far superior build compared to anything that you would be able to buy new for the same amount of cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NAYR751 View Post
    For 3500, you can get almost any year old DH bike with a far superior build compared to anything that you would be able to buy new for the same amount of cash.
    You also could be buying a bike that has been abused. If you buy used try to keep it local so you can at least see what you are getting before you hand over your hard earned cash.

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    i would buy slightly used with that price range , man you would get such a nice build with that price .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob-Bob View Post
    You also could be buying a bike that has been abused. If you buy used try to keep it local so you can at least see what you are getting before you hand over your hard earned cash.
    That's the problem. I live in Seattle so I'm a pretty short trip to Whistler and a lot of the bikes "may" be pretty beat up. The only bike I've bought used was a few year old Rocky Mountain Slayer 50 that was great but definitely ridden hard and when I took it in last winter to get the bearings and suspension serviced a crack in the rear swingarm was noticed which could have been pre existing or from me, not too sure. I'm not opposed to buying used at all and know much more what to look for than a year and a half ago but like the idea of new and no pre existing problems. Ideally a 2012 model with a decent discount would be great. Just really don't want to spend 3 to 4 grand on a two year old build that might have a fork and shock and bearings that need servicing and a possible shot rear hub. I totally expect to replace and upgrade components as needed and wanted so I'm really looking for a solid Frame and shock above all else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuumbaq View Post
    seriously, neither the Status or the Glory 2 will give you a ride as good as this :

    Pivot Phoenix 2012 Size M almost new! - Pinkbike


    and thats only the first bike that popped on a long list of hundreds of bikes on there...
    I was looking for quite some time on their earlier today and something like that is much more temping than most anything else I had seen on there.

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    have a look round to see if there are any 2012 models going cheap... i was offerd a nice deal on a transition tr250 in september last year when i was in whistler. brand new medium full bike, and it was well within your price range.

    another thing to consider, what about these direct sales manufacturers thats all the rage here in europe at the mo. ghost,,,, yt industries,,, rose..... ns bikes , these are all doin top spec bikes at ridiculous prices. not to sure if they ship to the states though.

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    invest a little time looking and you should be able to find a clean high-end 2012 rig in that price range. check your PM

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    That Pivot Phx is killer, or one of these:

    2012 Canfield Jedi, med - Pinkbike Canfield Jedi $3500

    Canfield F1 Jedi 2011+ size medium *Avalanche Shock* - Pinkbike Canfield Jedi $3850

    You can pick up just the frame for about $1500 and build it up yourself. So many nice high end bikes to be had with that kind of money! Have fun shopping!

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    Just another redneck with a bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by chef7734 View Post
    Why do you say that? The glory is an amazing bike. I know its more than the bike, but both worlds and red bull rampage was won on glorys.

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    Coming from someone who rides a Glory, the Phoenix is much smoother with the DW-link, and the pedaling ability can't even be compared.
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    Specialized Status 2....great bike
    '12 Spech Demos should be in that range if you can find one
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    Are you close to The Path Bike Shop in Cali? This looks like a great deal.



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    Selling a team riders 2012 Zerode g1 the dorado is brand new....

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    Thanks for all the great suggestions so far everyone. I'm getting some great ideas!

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    I agree with the "used" idea. The ratio of riders who truly thrash their rigs is pretty small; most don't ride anywhere near the limits of today's bikes (myself included).

    That said, with your stated budget and really wanting to buy new, I'd march to my nearest Specialized dealer and buy a Status. Otherwise, I've got a kick-arse Morewood Izimu 2011 with mostly new parts I'd sell you far below your budget ;-)

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    used is a crapshoot, I have mostly made out well, I have also bought a money pit..

    With 3500 you should be able to get a Demo 1 new..
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    Bought a used/like new 2012 Specialized Demo 8i off pinkbike for $2500 shipped, all stock other than Fox 40. Love the bike.

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    A used bike that is in near perfect condition would the the best bang for the buck such as the Session deeptroller123 linked to.

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    We can put you on a new 2013 Devinci Wilson in the low 3's. Call Matt @ Billy Goat Bikes in Asheville NC. We can also put you a Norco Aurum 2 for less than 3500. Why buy used when you can get new and more importantly a warranty

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    You could get a used 2011-2012 demo 8 for that money

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakester29959 View Post
    You could get a used 2011-2012 demo 8 for that money
    Really, you can get a new one for that price.. i just did..
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    DO NOT buy a Specialized Status. I rode one in WP and it was a POS. My personal opinion, but I rode one so I can say this with confidence.

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    Buy a 1-2 year old model on discount where the only real changes are color options and not any design or geo stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    That is a close personal friend of mine.. I know that has been well taken care of!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    That is a close personal friend of mine.. I know that has been well taken care of!
    Pretty flaming hot deal right there. If someone can justify spending almost $4k on a dedicated downhill rig, that's some pretty good value for money. I paid $3500 for my bike last year, and got the same sort of value for money. It seems as if you have $2500 or more to spend, you can take it to the used market and get some pretty amazing builds that have been well taken care of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    That is a close personal friend of mine.. I know that has been well taken care of!
    maybe a great deal, but its still two years old and will have problems..
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    Thanks for all the great replies everyone. Hopefully this thread will help others out as well.

    I ended up getting a 2012 Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro. Brand new, so no previous "hidden" problems and a warranty plus a great deal, and it left me plenty of money left over to get a new fork for the El Guapo. My stanchions have a huge gouge in them.

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