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    Cool-blue Rhythm 2012 East Peak 5.6 for less than $1k, yes or no?

    In my search to rekindle my love of riding I am in need of a decent base bike to start off with (again).

    I am in a sense a "Noob" as it has been 10 plus years since I have aggressively "bombed" down trails and hills so I need something that will allow me to be confident and competent in my skills (or lack thereof). I have the opportunity to snatch up a 2012 EP 5.6 and need some advice or insight to this particular model as it seems to have all the functions and necessities I'll need to start with (and the price to get back into the sport is pretty good too).

    As for my specs:

    34 year old Male
    Staff Sergeant in the Army (Infantryman) for 8 years (physically fit)
    6'1" (I can get the Large or XL frame, depending on your feedback)
    195 lbs.

    I see this investment as a starting point and I'm sure I will make some small adjustments and upgrades to this bike until I need to eventually replace it as my skills, confidence, and competence improves. Any and all advice is welcome and appreciated.
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    It was the bike I was looking forward to get until I jumped on an XM8 from the same seller. Like you, I was laid off from biking for many years and wanted to start over with a decent bike. I googled reviews for EP 5.6 and couldn't find much info about it. I suppose you have already read this review:
    Endurance Cycling and Nutrition - 2012 Marin East Peak 5.6 Review

    I think it is a decent bike to start enjoying mountain biking again. It may lack some bling bling factors, but it has all the packages to give you a good ride.

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    Thanks for the info (I didn't catch that article, thanks foe that as well).

    Any thoughts on size?

    I went to my local bike shop and they sized me up on a Norco 29er large frame-20" based on my size, geometry, comfort, and riding style.

    Would I be best with a Large or XL EP 5.6?

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    The Large is a 19" and XL is 20.5". I think you could make either work at 6'1". My buddy who is 6', 195lbs rides a Mount Vision 5.8 that has a 19.5 inch frame and it fits him well.

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    I'm 6' and ride a 2009 Mountvision 5.8 with a Medium frame...

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    I had a large 07 TARA and a 2010 Large AT...both had to use a setback post. Just got an XL 2013 MV XMPro. The XL fits like a glove. I did not know how bad the smaller frames fit me until I tried the XL...I am 6'2" with 32" inseam.
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