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    Looking at going FS...opinions needed

    Hi All,

    I'm posting this under all three makers to get some feedback.

    At present, I'm looking at making the transition from a HT ro a FS bike. I've been a little more of an XC guy, but as my skills have come up, I'm looking at more and more things that fit into the all mountain type of riding. Unfortunately, I don't have a ton of cash, so I'm looking for good bang for the buck.

    Anyway, I've got my choices narrowed down to 3 bikes - a Giant Reign 3, Gary Fisher Cake 3 DLX or a Jamis Dakar XLT 1.0 - and am looking for opinions (yes, I'm doing the test ride thing, don't worry).

    I'm a bigger rider (6ft, 230 lbs) and am assertive, if not agressive, in my riding style. I'm thinking that some smaller jumps (say up to 3 ft at this point, maybe more as I gain confidence and lose weight) may sneak into my riding.

    Anyone have any thoughs on these bikes?

    Thanks,

    Psycho Mike

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    my thoughts on all of these bikes are "yes."

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    I just picked up a nice peice of Cake. My buddy has a Reign. I like the way mine rides better. The plushness seems to be better. He says that mine looks like it isn't as good.

    I think the Cake is good for a tall rider. I am 6'1" and weigh 175. The guy a Trekstore that sold me the bike looks to be 6'3" and 230 and loves his. But then, he is a salesman.

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    I'm a bigger guy myself and am somewhat leaning towards the Cake as I already am riding a Fisher (what is now the Pirannah, but was a special edition of the Marlin up here last year).

    Any issues with the BB on your Cake? Mine took a while to get set up and get the squeak out.

    Psycho Mike

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    BB is not a prob. The only issue I have is chain suck. I think that the bike requires very fine tuning. Which I'm not good at yet. I have figured out how to unsuck the chain without getting off the bike.

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    I hear you there. Chain suck was the biggest issue I've run into on my GF. Thankfully, I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so when I got around to tuning the derailleurs and learning when the bikes likes to shift, I found my problems deminished.

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    I know chain suck has been an issue with the Cake in the past, but apparently, that issue has been fixed with the '06. I've been riding my '06 Cake 1 DLX for nearly six months with zero chain suck problems. I'm a big fan of the Genisis Geometry, and the Cake, so I say go for it!
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    I've had issues on my Tassajara, admittedly a very different bike but still a GF. I've found as long as I keep the drive train clean and the chain lubed, chain suck is very rare and attributable to bad shifting on my part.

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    really stay away from the jamis dakar 1.0. It is a good bike overall, but in the same class as the others. Giant makes a good bike, but In the past they have had quality issues, but I hear they are cleaned up.

    The GF is a great ride. Have you looked into a trek remedy or a fuel?

    The remedy is an awesome bike, and fuels have been kick ass for years now.

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    Yeah, I had been looking at some of the Treks, but the LBS that deals with them is typically a little harder on the wallet.

    Now that I've ridden the XLT, I can say the sizing/feel wasn't great for me...nice parts spec, but i am going to go with the Cake as the design fits me the best of the bunch (that and I've found the little bit extra to get a Cake 2DLX, so I'm not giving up anything on the parts spec).
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