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    29er under $2K Advice

    Hey everyone - I'm looking for a new bike - current ride is a 2007 Cannondale F29 and I also have a '96 Kona Lava Dome. I ride on a mix of country roads and trails (north east US).

    I'm interested in the Specialized Fuse Comp, but it's not available in my area, and sold out on the site. I'm also looking at the Cannondale Trail 1, I've read great reviews on the Fuse, but nothing on the Trail 1. Any opinions on the Cannondale? That one's available.

    Also, I could go for a Specialized Epic for a little more money, but I'm concerned its position might be too aggressive. Any opinions on comfort with this bike?

    Thanks for any info, advice is helpful in this current situation.

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    Cannondale geo isn't current. Same with the 23mm rim wheels. Fuse has 29mm meant for 2.6 tires which fit the rear. Not likely for Cannondale. Epic has 25mm rims which likely means the rear will take a 2.35 tire and not a 2.6. The Epic geo is more XC. I'd pass.
    You may need to check farther away for a Fuse.
    Santa Cruz Chameleon is in stock in D and R builds at Competitive Cyclist.
    https://www.competitivecyclist.com/m...ls%3AChameleon
    It also comes in carbon. I'd go for that if you want to spend more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    Cannondale geo isn't current. Same with the 23mm rim wheels. Fuse has 29mm meant for 2.6 tires which fit the rear. Not likely for Cannondale. Epic has 25mm rims which likely means the rear will take a 2.35 tire and not a 2.6. The Epic geo is more XC. I'd pass.
    You may need to check farther away for a Fuse.
    Santa Cruz Chameleon is in stock in D and R builds at Competitive Cyclist.
    https://www.competitivecyclist.com/m...ls%3AChameleon
    It also comes in carbon. I'd go for that if you want to spend more.
    Ok, thanks for the info - I'll check out Santa Cruz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zkzpb8 View Post
    Ok, thanks for the info - I'll check out Santa Cruz.
    Colorado Cyclist has a few closeout Chameleon S build 29er's left. I recently bought one and love the bike. Call you will be pleasantly surprised with the price.

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    Just going to throw an alternative into the mix -

    Jones Plus LWB Complete


    I've been riding the SWB 27.5+ version for the past year (it replaced a 853 frame hardtail XC 29er) and it is a very capable bike, and a blast to ride. No pivots or shocks to maintain, great handling and climbing, and surprisingly capable in tech terrain and chunky descents.

    The other option for value is to buy a used bike. $2k buys alot of quality on the used market.

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    The Salsa Timberjack SLX 29 is very similar to the Specialized.

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    Ripley V1 XC/Gravel Adventure rig
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    Salsa Timberjack

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    Hey just bought a 2020 Fuse Expert last week. Not sure what size you are looking for but checkout Scotts Valley Cycle Sport at www.svcyclesport.com - call them they have a M and L in stock. I purchased the bike over the phone and they shipped it to me - it was a solid experience.

    The only drawback - if you want to upgrade the NX cassette to a SRAM GX or higher you will need a new rear wheel as it comes with NX derailleur and a Shimano Free hub. I am currently in the process of upgrading the drivetrain to XX1/X01 mix. Good luck!

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    The Nuke Proof Scout is worth a look. Definitely a better fork and spec.

    That was my 3rd place choice after building up a Ragley Big Wig with custom parts. Ended going with a short travel trail bike in the end though...

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    Polygon D7 is a pretty great value. Vitus Mythique just got a great review from Pinkbike and its $2k. Marin Hawk Hill/Rift Zone may also be great options under $2k. GT Sensor has a model under $2k also. These are all FS bikes though.

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    Hey guys - thanks for all of the great suggestions, I'd be happy with any of the above. I ordered a Santa Cruz Chameleon D - I'm looking forward to checking it out.

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    Congrats on the purchase of your Santa Cruz Chameleon D! Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahoe_Life View Post
    Congrats on the purchase of your Santa Cruz Chameleon D! Cheers!
    Thanks! It should be here next week - really psyched

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    Cannondale geo isn't current. Same with the 23mm rim wheels. Fuse has 29mm meant for 2.6 tires which fit the rear. Not likely for Cannondale. Epic has 25mm rims which likely means the rear will take a 2.35 tire and not a 2.6. The Epic geo is more XC. I'd pass.
    You may need to check farther away for a Fuse.
    Santa Cruz Chameleon is in stock in D and R builds at Competitive Cyclist.
    https://www.competitivecyclist.com/m...ls%3AChameleon
    It also comes in carbon. I'd go for that if you want to spend more.
    Thanks again for the Santa Cruz Chameleon reco - This bike is great - I've tried a few trails so far and it easily outshines my old 2007 Cannondale F29. It was definitely a challenge finding a bike in this climate, and this was the first time I bought a bike without a demo, so the reco helped.

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