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    Comparison - Need people's opinions!

    Hi there, I'm looking to buy an entry level freeride bike (around 180mm of travel, single crown forks). So far I've narrowed it down to 3: Ghost Northshore 2012, Scott Voltage FR 30 [2011/2012 model], Specialized Status I. Now initially i'd jump for the Status, but I've found the Ghost Northshore cheaper and the Voltage also seems very appealing, what does everyone else think?
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    Note: The Specialized Status I i mentioned would be a 2012 model.

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    Well here is my 2 cents.. Not a fan of Scott, I have never seen a Ghost bike so I can't comment on it. So that leaves the Status.. Good thing about the Status is you can throw a dual crown on it if you want.

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    yeah i guess that's true, i've heard good things about the scott voltages, and my friend has a ghost dh (the one up from the northshore) and swears by it, i'm just trying to find out if there's any problems with any of them i guess

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    The Voltage is extremely versatile with many different travel & geo adjustments and might be more affordable. You could potentially save money and upgrade key components like the fork or shock. I ride a Voltage FR20 mostly for DH purposes and only ride it in the 180mm travel mode with both DC fork and a single crown 180mm. It does just fine for me. The rear end is a little flexy, but depending on your weight it might not be that big of a deal; it doesn’t bother me. I like that you can build it up as a short travel jump bike or a 7” DH plower.

    I have no experience on the Status or the Ghost.

    Although the Status might be a little more DH oriented, it still seems like a pretty FR capable bike too. Proven FSR suspension over the Voltage’s single pivot. I like that the Status 1 is set up with more travel than the FR30 and I think the lower end X-fusion suspension on the Status might even be a little bit better than what’s on the FR30.

    If I had the choice today, I might choose the Status over the Voltage.

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    ok thanks for the opinions, i'll still keep my eyes open. i think i'd rather have the status over the voltage, but the ghost seems really good and i've found a new one really cheap, i'll wait and see

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    Ghost.
    You know the Germans always make good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pikls_94 View Post
    ok thanks for the opinions, i'll still keep my eyes open. i think i'd rather have the status over the voltage, but the ghost seems really good and i've found a new one really cheap, i'll wait and see
    I'd take the voltage over the Status anyday. The voltage feel a lot lighter, more playful, nimble, jump better and so on. The status is more of a DH rig, it will plow better and stuff, but I talked to a guy who rode one, and he said it jumped horribly, felt heavy and not nimble...

    just my 2 cents

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    oh right that's interesting, i think i'd rather have a more playful nimble bike i guess, i think my friend's got a voltage actually, i'll have to ask if i can have a try, it does look more suited to what i want to do

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    Get a used Knolly Delirium frame (2010 or newer) and never look back! You can build one up for under what it would cost for one of the lesser bikes mentioned!

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    the Ghost bikes look amazing but i have never actually rid one. Scott is a fairly good company and a friend had a voltage and it was fairly durable. And with the specialized. My friend has a status 2 and absolutley loves it. rides really well.

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    overall i think the status.

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    Go with the status

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    I'd go for the status...

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    Trek Scratch is a nice bike in that range if you can find one on sale. I just bought mine and love it.
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    Good Luck!

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    entry level bike?? so your first one and you are getting a 2012??? Don't do it....go a little older and save your cash....that way you can beat the bike up and then sale it for approx same price...then buy a better bike if you like the sport....again you would be stupid buying a 2012
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    STATUS!! is sick

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