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  1. #1
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    Choosing full suspension mtb


    I'm looking to purchase my first full suspension MTB.

    My budget is a max of around $4k nz. Looking for a good all rounder in 27.5. Don't really do much in the way of jumps just a general trail bike

    Ive narrowed my search to the bikes below and listed the prices I can get them for. Would be really good to get some opinions. Happy to get the cheaper one if the differences in specs aren't enormous.

    These are all 2020 models

    Trek remedy 7 $3,499
    Trek remedy 8 $3,999
    Giant reign 2 $3,399
    Giant trance 2 $3,399
    Marin Alpine Trail 8 $4,399

    Thanks for your help!

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    I have the 2019 Remedy 8 and love it. The 7 is also good and out of that list the Giant Trance would also be a good trail bike option. The Reign is more downhill oriented. Can't really comment on the Marin.

    Here is a link to a review of the Remedy that helped me decide to buy it last year. It's the 2019 model but I don't think the 2020 model changed.
    2013 Scott Scale 970 (Reba fork)
    2014 Trek Fuel Ex 8 (with added RS dropper post)
    2019 Trek Remedy 8

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    It does seem as though the Trance 2 and Reign 2 are targeted for different purpose. You could probably eliminate one of them by concentrating on what kind of riding you want.
    Of those 2, I'd guess the Trance is the better option for what you describe as how you ride.

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    I originally purchased a 16 remedy 29er 9 and have loved it. I ended up buying a 2017 Remedy 9+ carbon frame designed around 27.5. Rides like a champ! Very happy with it. Hard to beat the remedy for an all around ride.
    2016 Remedy 9
    2016 Farley 7
    2017 Remedy 9.9
    2017 Domane SLR 5
    2018 Farley 9.8

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