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    New question here. Help in Selection Please: Kona, Giant, Cannondale or Co-op Hard Tail under $2k

    Hi Folks:

    Situation and questions:

    I'm in search of a new trail rider. Hardtail.

    1. I'm evaluating the a few bikes from local stores: Kona, Giant, Cannondale, Salsa, and (REI) Co-op bikes.

    Can anyone please provide input on these bikes (or tell me to look at other options):
    a) Kona Honzo
    b) Giant Fathom 1
    c) REI Co-op DRT 2.2
    d) Cannondale 2.1
    e) Salsa Timberjack SLX

    2. Logistics and Budget
    a) USE: I ride fire roads and single-tracks on the coast and in central and western Oregon and Washington. Occasionally, I'll throw my bike over my shoulder and walk up a steep incline -- so weight is an important factor. No racing. I'll never be a Pro like you folks.
    b) FRAME AND WHEEL SIZE: Large frame (I'm 5-11); 27.5 Wheels.
    c) BUDGET: I'm trying to keep the cost between $1k and $2k.(I'm replacing my Scott bike that was stolen).
    d) LOCATION: Portland, Oregon.

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks again. Be safe.

    Dude

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    29 wheels with option for 27.5+.
    29s are better rolling for your road choices.
    Plenty of capability for trails in your area.
    Specialized Fuse Comp. Good geo and space for 2.6 tires. 29mm inner rim width wheels.
    Probably have to call around to find one.
    https://www.specialized.com/us/en/fuse-comp-29/p/171069
    27.5+ version available.
    https://www.specialized.com/us/en/fu...ext=96020-7001

    Santa Cruz Chameleon.
    https://www.santacruzbicycles.com/en-US/bikes/chameleon

    Both are light. A carbon Chameleon can lighter for more money.

    Nukeproof Scout Race 29 $1100 shipped no tax. 4-5 day ship time when in stock.
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod183330

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    Good job! Thank you for the info

    Thank you, eb1888

    Excellent info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    29 wheels with option for 27.5+.
    29s are better rolling for your road choices.
    Plenty of capability for trails in your area.
    Specialized Fuse Comp. Good geo and space for 2.6 tires. 29mm inner rim width wheels.
    Probably have to call around to find one.
    https://www.specialized.com/us/en/fuse-comp-29/p/171069
    27.5+ version available.
    https://www.specialized.com/us/en/fu...ext=96020-7001

    Santa Cruz Chameleon.
    https://www.santacruzbicycles.com/en-US/bikes/chameleon

    Both are light. A carbon Chameleon can lighter for more money.

    Nukeproof Scout Race 29 $1100 shipped no tax. 4-5 day ship time when in stock.
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod183330

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    Just a recommendation on Giant warrenty.
    Ive owned 4 Giant MTBs (still own them all)

    I broke the frame on an 8 yo bike.
    No questions asked. Frame replaced. (Discount offered on new bike if Id preferred to get a newer model) Had a brand new frame (8 yo) not been available, they were talking replacement bike.
    Supurb.

    They also are often high spec for the price.

    No affiliation

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    Nukeproof Scout Race 29 $1100 shipped no tax. 4-5 day ship time when in stock.
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod183330
    I'm not going to comment on the bike itself since I have no experience with Nukeproof, but I did buy a different bike from ChainReaction about a year ago. The bike arrived very quickly and was set up amazingly well. I went through it and things were tight, greased, etc. I'm very happy with my purchase from them and would buy from them again.
    Riding Washington State singletrack since 1986

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