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    Looking for Hardtail 27.5+ Suggestions

    So I've been shopping and looking to see what else is out there...My budget is around $1500 and I would like the bike to have : a dropper post, a 1x drivetrain, 2.8"wide tires minimum, and air shocks.

    So far I've looked at the Trek Roscoe, Cannondale Cujo, and the Specialized Fuse.....Just seeing what other companies have for similar models...Thanks.
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    Salsa Timberjack, Jamis Dragonslayer, Kona Big Honzo?
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    Cannondale Beast of the East II, Fuse 6Fattie are my suggestions.

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    Whyte 901, nukeproof scout race, Vitus sentier.

    Both the scout and the sentier come with 2.6in wide tires, but they clear 2.8's. The Whyte is $1400, nukeproof is $1350, and Vitus is $1200(but the low end model doesn't include a dropper. So if you add one it brings the budget to about the same as the others.

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    I have a fuse I love that frame but I ended up upgrading everything definitely not a good value for the money I would rather do a Nukeproof or commencal with that budget you’re working with


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    Timberjack frame lists for 450. Use some parts you've got or off Pinkbike or ebay. Get a good fork to start. Like a Manitou Mattoc Pro. Because all the forks on the completes are trash. Timberjack can use a 29x 2.6 rear. All Bontrager tires are on sale at 20 off free ship to your shop this week. Order off the site.
    https://salsacycles.com/bikes/timber...mberjack_frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    Timberjack frame lists for 450. Use some parts you've got or off Pinkbike or ebay. Get a good fork to start. Like a Manitou Mattoc Pro. Because all the forks on the completes are trash. Timberjack can use a 29x 2.6 rear. All Bontrager tires are on sale at 20 off free ship to your shop this week. Order off the site.
    https://salsacycles.com/bikes/timber...mberjack_frame
    Good option ! I always prefer to build up from the frame most completes come with trash components that will end up upgrading soon


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    Another option for the op, if you really want to ride now, go ahead and get a complete. It will get you out on the trails now, and you can upgrade as you feel the need or when parts wear out. You don't need the best stuff to have a great time out on the trails...although it is fun to have nice gear!
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    love my trek roscoe so far. LBS is a trek dealer so went with that one.

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    +1 on the Roscoe. IMO the best value out there. It checks all of your boxes and for me the geometry is perfect. I find myself riding this more than my fs bike. Weak points are the rear hub is weak and low points of engagement and the Judy fork, not terrible but there is a difference with a higher end fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollingBuffalo View Post
    My budget is around $1500 and I would like the bike to have : a dropper post, a 1x drivetrain, 2.8"wide tires minimum, and air shocks.
    2019 Whyte 901 erm maybe a 2018 905

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    Absolutely love my Norco Torrent. But I built mine from a used frame. They offer one that's $1700. Not sure the spec list. I built mine from parts off another bike (Release 3) and a new set of wheels.
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    Santa Cruz Chameleon...love mine for the last 18 months.

    LBS has a yet to be released "Spesh" FUSE frame with adjustable drop outs. Looks like a nice frame. I was told it will be available as complete bike and frame only...

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    I presume you are in the US, so here's the Euro site

    https://www.commencal-store.co.uk/PB...BCATID=3534341
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    Quote Originally Posted by gdb85 View Post
    Santa Cruz Chameleon...love mine for the last 18 months.

    LBS has a yet to be released "Spesh" FUSE frame with adjustable drop outs. Looks like a nice frame. I was told it will be available as complete bike and frame only...
    Will the geometry be the same or updated?


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    [QUOTE

    LBS has a yet to be released "Spesh" FUSE frame with adjustable drop outs. Looks like a nice frame. I was told it will be available as complete bike and frame only...[/QUOTE]

    Very interesting!! I'm a fan of the carbon FUSE. Gotta stop by my LBS after work and inquire. You have any more details??

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    Roscoe checks all boxes at that price.

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    I have a fuse. Love the i45 wheels. Replaced fork, bb, complete drivetrain, handlebar, brake pads, pedals.

    If new frame is threaded bb, gx eagle, with a 34/35mm fork. Then get it.

    Otherwise a frame build.

    Consider nukeproof scout and kona honzo or wozo!

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    Wow thanks for all the replies guys...I will be looking at local bike shops...thanks for all the suggestions.
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    I will throw the RSD Middlechild into consideration. Its a direct sales brand so a test ride will be hard to come by. other than a slacker head angle it has lots of similarities to a Honzo. I am loving mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris705 View Post
    I will throw the RSD Middlechild into consideration. Its a direct sales brand so a test ride will be hard to come by. other than a slacker head angle it has lots of similarities to a Honzo. I am loving mine
    Great looking bike, but way out of the op's $1500 budget.
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    I wanted:

    29/27.5+
    Decent fork
    Boost wheels 110/148
    threaded bottom bracket
    decent 1x11 drivetrain

    Kona Big Honzo, Salsa Timberjack, and Santa Cruz Chameleon were the three I was trying to pick from. Wound up with the Chameleon.

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    I'm a Roscoe 8 fan. Put about 150 miles on it. No problems. EXCELLENT!

    The Fuse comp and Cujo 1 were also on my list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitdaddy View Post
    I wanted:

    29/27.5+
    Decent fork
    Boost wheels 110/148
    threaded bottom bracket
    decent 1x11 drivetrain

    Kona Big Honzo, Salsa Timberjack, and Santa Cruz Chameleon were the three I was trying to pick from. Wound up with the Chameleon.
    Did you go with aluminum ? Those aluminum Chameleons seem a little pricey considering they don't have dropper posts
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    Quote Originally Posted by RollingBuffalo View Post
    Did you go with aluminum ? Those aluminum Chameleons seem a little pricey considering they don't have dropper posts
    Yes-aluminum. Mine did come with the dropper seat post (Raceface Aeffect). I believe they added that on the 2018 models. It's also the green/magenta color scheme.

    SC bikes seem to be a tad bit pricey. I'm rather picky about my bikes. Even things such as cable routing. SC is one of the brands that gets check marks on all my wants. If that means spending a couple hundred more then so be it. The only thing I would change is swapping to Shimano SLX brakes.

    Another bike I really like is the Rocky Mountain Element. But that is an xc oriented bike.

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