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    Stolen bike, now I need a new one

    My beloved Fisher Ziggurat HT (1999 version) was stolen a week ago. Before that happened I had decided to buy a 29er HT for this spring, but now I have to accelerate that due to not having a mountain bike at all. I had all but decided on a Niner Air 9, until I went in the LBS to check them out and a shop guy showed me the Specialized HT 29er Evo. I ALMOST bought it on the spot.

    Now I know they arent that far apart, and they are both in my budget, as I'll build the Niner almost to the same spec as the EVO.

    I cant make up my mind. I've ridden the Niner, I've never ridden ANY Specialized, though I plan to get at least an around the block on it today or tomorrow.

    I tend to keep bikes for a long time, and upgrade, (obviously if I was still riding a 1999 Fisher) but I'm never ever limited to one bike, I will most likely build up a nice XC FS 26er this spring after I get this new HT. So the bottom line is, I know opinions are just that, and that they are all subjective, but does anyone have any thoughts on this? This is by far the most knowledgable forum around, so Im open to any input.

    I ride single track, cross country, and I will race the bike, though that will not be its primary occupation. I have been riding for twenty plus years, and I average about 10000 miles a year on my road bike. I'm down here in Texas, so big suspension travel isnt a big deal, stiff, light frame is.

    Thoughts?

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    1. I would buy the bike that ...I could put the best components on...
    So if one is less than the other...more money for better group
    2. which has a better warranty
    3. I also went looking for a Niner air nine end up with a Salsa EL Mariachi Ti (frame was 1000 more) I wanted a frame that would last along time.
    11 Ellsworth Evolve still in box
    10 Salsa El Mariachi Ti
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    Stiff and light, go with the Specialized. The M5 Aluminum will be stiffer than 853 Reynolds. I own an '09 Specialized Stumpjumper HT which is similiar and this bike is fast, stiff, and climbs like a mountain goat. 853 Reynolds will be a slightly more comfortable ride, but less stiff. My Stumpy is pretty comfy for an aluminum frame. I think the high volume, yet light Specialized tires help with adding comfort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo
    Stiff and light, go with the Specialized. The M5 Aluminum will be stiffer than 853 Reynolds..
    The Air9 is Scandium, not Reynolds 853. It will be plenty light and stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellowdave
    I tend to keep bikes for a long time. . . . .

    Thoughts?
    2 year warranty vs. lifetime warranty

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    Stolen sucks

    Stolen Mongoose w/ cast moto mags, Fluted seat post and bars, Tuff neck and Redline forks in 1979. Stolen Mongoose IBOC comp in 1993. I stopped lockin' em up. Always in my house, in my Truck rear seat, or under my ass. Sorry to hear, but move on. Getting a new bike is usually always overdue if you belong on this forum. I love my used Sir9 s.s. - and It's 5 lbs heavier than my 26" squish bike. I'm excited for you either way ( and envious ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffj
    2 year warranty vs. lifetime warranty
    Yes, this is something I noticed too. I feel pretty strongly that you will usually find any defects within that first two year time frame, but that being said, I will likely have this frame for a while. I'm really beginning to lean toward the Specialized, in all honesty, the only thing keeping me from just calling it, and buying the damn thing is that I had decided to go with a smaller manufacturer for my next bike, rather than a big box company. I was thinking Salsa, or Niner, but that EVO really caught my eye, and I'm probably about 95% sure it will find its way into my garage...

    Quote Originally Posted by hoolie
    Stolen Mongoose w/ cast moto mags, Fluted seat post and bars, Tuff neck and Redline forks in 1979. Stolen Mongoose IBOC comp in 1993. I stopped lockin' em up. Always in my house, in my Truck rear seat, or under my ass. Sorry to hear, but move on. Getting a new bike is usually always overdue if you belong on this forum. I love my used Sir9 s.s. - and It's 5 lbs heavier than my 26" squish bike. I'm excited for you either way ( and envious ).
    Yes, this is not lost on me, I ALWAYS lock my bike, despite its age, I had a lot of money in that bike, not to mention all the fantastic memories, it was just a ten minute deal, I came home, parked the truck in the street in front of the house, (I live in a nice neighborhood) ran inside to get my shorts and camelbak and boom, she was gone when i came back out. Not even ten minutes. I was insanely furious. I was completely pepared to shoot the guy if I found him and claim PTSD. Of course, despite there being three families outside, no one saw anything at all out of the ordinary.
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