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    Motobecane vs Airborne

    I'm looking at the 700DS,

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ne/700ds_x.htm

    versus the Zeppelin.

    http://www.giantnerd.com/airborne-ze...uct_tabs_specs

    The airborne has more travel, but is more expensive. The Motobecane has has some decent reviews and is cheaper. If you guys have suggestions my budget is limited to MAX $800.

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    If you can do 800 why not just get the best bike you can for 800 which would be the Moto Fantom DS http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...trail_ds08.htm That is of course guessing that you want a Full Suspension bike.
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    I wouldnt buy either of the bikes. The 700 DS looks pretty ugly, plus that is really scrapping the bottom of the barrel price wise for a full suspension bike. The $800 Phantom DS looks like a decent bike. As far as the other bike I wouldnt buy a mail order bike from anyone other than a reputable retailer. There are really only a handful-Performance-Nashbar, Jensonusa, Bikesdirect, and Pricepoint are the big ones. After that there are a handful of smaller retailers.

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    Hahaha. Of course I missed the fact that there is a completely decent option right under my nose. Thank you, Haha and yes, I am looking for an FS.

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    @Borrego Haha, cosmetics are like one of the last things on my list right now. But I agree the Fantom looks good. And I'll take your advice about the retailers.

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    Idea: what is your price limit? Tell me, and I will find you the best bike under that price.
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    It's up there in my first post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailkid
    Idea: what is your price limit? Tell me, and I will find you the best bike under that price.
    I also have reading problems. Its okay, we understand.
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    Sorry. I'm a bit....uhhhh....impatient. I don't read a whole lot :P
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    Hahaha, no worries.

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    Here are a couple at Jenson USA which I think Rival the Motobecane choice.

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...c+Bike+08.aspx

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...c+Bike+09.aspx

    I would buy the 2008 which is the first one I linked. A slight sacrifice in some components compared to the Motobecane, but the 2 Jamis bikes have better forks and shocks which offer a better upgrade platform I think.
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    Originally Posted by Kona0197
    So to paraphrase the new Airborne frames are just Iron Horse stuff.


    Ahhh...interesting...Airborne and their dealer Giantnerd seem to have a connection to Randall Weidberg of Iron Horse fame. He's come back strong...

    That's reason enough not to support Airborne.


    From this thread :http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=610803

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    True, the Jamis bikes definitely have some better suspension components, but the rear suspension still worries me with only 90mm of travel.
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    Are you thinking you want more of a All Mountain bike?
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    Oh well. The dealer seemed a bit shady anyways.
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    Yes. Something with at least 5" of travel. It's a tough bill to fit with only an $800 budget though.
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    I got a jump line and a friend ruptured his spleen on one of them, so it is now dubbed the Spleen gap. That's how it goes.

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    I know its a strecth, but if you could just make your max price $1000, you would have a plethora of more, better deals. If not, here:
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...c+Bike+08.aspx Decent deal. Not the best. $749

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...c+Bike+09.aspx
    Better than the 2008 and its $109 cheaper. Better components. Real good deal.

    If you can:
    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/187...onarch-2.1.htm

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...owta+Bike.aspx

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...1511000_400308

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...mcomp_ds08.htm

    I'll give you some more links later. I gotta eat
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    Sorry for the double post. I wasnt watching the thread.

    Also, keep your eyes out for a used bike.
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    Haha. I like the last two links, but the Motobecane seemed the same as the Fantom Trail, and the GT only had extra smalls in stock (I'm 5'10"). Thanks though. And go eat something. :P
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    What size bike do you ride ?

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    I just made a wimpy $10....after washing and detailing my moms 18 foot long, 4 door, Jetta wagon, cutting down a limb from a bamboo palm tree, cutting numerous fronds off that tree as well, and I spent 4 hours doing all that. RIP OFF.

    Annyyways.....

    Keep your eyes out. Don't buy until you have heard enough from us and made a decision you know you won't regret. Keep in mind, that if you get a bike for around $600 you can still have some money left over for upgrades (seat, tires, handlebar, brakes, grips....stuff like that).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dremer03
    If you can do 800 why not just get the best bike you can for 800 which would be the Moto Fantom DS.
    This. Or even the Otero Super from Giant Nerd would be a better choice imo.
    Sometimes, you need to go fast enough that the trail is a blur to find clarity. -- Wild Bill

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    After reading....

    ...more of this post, the Jamis from Jenson looks solid. I'd have it on my short list as well.
    Sometimes, you need to go fast enough that the trail is a blur to find clarity. -- Wild Bill

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    @AZ: 18"-19"

    @hardtail: I'm beginning to lean towards the Fantom Trail. Seems to be a solid all around bike.
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    I got a jump line and a friend ruptured his spleen on one of them, so it is now dubbed the Spleen gap. That's how it goes.

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    Heres three bikes off Cl that are between $500-$750. The Giant NRS is pretty attractive at $500. The other two the AC2 and the Teocali Elite would be perfect for some of the rocky stuff in your area. SD has a fair amount of bikes listed on CL. If you know what you are looking for it might be the way to go.

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/ssd/bik/1729350704.html

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/ssd/bik/1730233036.html

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/ssd/bik/1723942166.html

    Check this one out in Carizzo Gorge in east San Diego. Its been around for awhile but still worth looking at.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVhYj...eature=related

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    + 1 on the NRS , if its in good condition that would be a great bike to have . Looks like its the correct size also . Good luck .

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    Screw google, you guys are the bomb. The Teocali looks legit, I don't know about the AC2 though. And the gorge looks like fun. :P
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    I got a jump line and a friend ruptured his spleen on one of them, so it is now dubbed the Spleen gap. That's how it goes.

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