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    hammerhead 100x or Iron horse MKIII

    I'm looking for a decent xc-bike that I can take to the mountains and to the trails. currently the sensor is $400 and the iron horse is $600 but I have no idea which one is better.
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    Gt is still in business, parts available. Not so for ih. If you buy the mk, you are just buying the parts kit. Assume you'll be replacing the frame.

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    The IH is by far the superior machine but as mentioned they are no longer. The frame is fine so no worries there either. Mine has been a solid ride since 2010 and with a few upgrades along the way even better now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpkred View Post
    I'm looking for a decent xc-bike that I can take to the mountains and to the trails. currently the sensor is $400 and the iron horse is $600 but I have no idea which one is better.
    Not sure what year bikes you're talking about, but the IH MkIII is a really good ride IF the frame doesn't break. I have a 2008. It is not broken. However, on the IH forum, there seems to be an unusually high frequency of broken frames. Getting the longest life out of a IH rear triangle usually means installing a bolt-on rear wheel to minimize frame flexing. For $600 you should be getting a decent fork, shock, drivetrain, and mid-level cockpit. Brakes might be questionable, but that's just me. Wheels and hubs were the low point on mine.

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    ^^ fleas is correct the rear tri has been duely noted for breaking amongst owners and i just hold my breath sometimes when decending with decent pace.

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    both bikes have been maintained and are completely stock. I think the Iron Horse is a 2007 frame but I don't know the other one. however I can also get a 2002 hammerhead 100x that is fully decked out for $600. honesty I don't know if i'm gonna need all the travel on the Iron Horse but it is a hell of a bike for $600. so I guess its between the hammerhead and the MKIII.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpkred View Post
    both bikes have been maintained and are completely stock. I think the Iron Horse is a 2007 frame but I don't know the other one. however I can also get a 2002 hammerhead 100x that is fully decked out for $600. honesty I don't know if i'm gonna need all the travel on the Iron Horse but it is a hell of a bike for $600. so I guess its between the hammerhead and the MKIII.
    My 5" MKIII made me ride "stupider". 5" of travel forgives a lot of dumb things.

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