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    Need help picking out first hardtail bike

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    I am seeking recommendations for a new 27.5 or 29 hardtail with an air fork. I am 6'1 and about 220, so I think I need a 19in or size large in most bikes. I know from my research on this forum, to stay away from low level suntour coil forks and not to mention bikes direct or I will get my wings clipped lol. I would appreciate any advice or recommendations. I would like to spend 1 grand or less. Thank you.

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    Off the top of my head, Specialized Chissle, or Giant Fathom.

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    Are you looking for a to do xc specific type riding, or are are you open to any all mountain ht options? At 220lbs you might benefit from a beefier type frame.


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    thanks for the recommendations

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    trails at nearby state parks and weekend trips to the mounts. My wife rides a lot of single tracks w/ a Liv (giant) tempt.

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    Best bang for the buck is the Vitus Rapid Ride. https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod181551 . Email them and ask when they expect to have it back in stock.
    Just about any Vitus bike will give you more bang for your buck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    Off the top of my head, Specialized Chissle, or Giant Fathom.
    thank you for the recommendations

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    Quote Originally Posted by huckleberry hound View Post
    Best bang for the buck is the Vitus Rapid Ride. https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod181551 . Email them and ask when they expect to have it back in stock.
    Just about any Vitus bike will give you more bang for your buck.
    thank you I will research that now. I was considering the Kona Mahuna, Diamondback line or Sync'r, different model marins, Salsa Rangefinder Deore 29, and Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp. Definitely want something that can support my weight. I appreciate all of the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shredmonkey View Post
    Are you looking for a to do xc specific type riding, or are are you open to any all mountain ht options? At 220lbs you might benefit from a beefier type frame.


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    was considering the Kona Mahuna, Diamondback line or Sync'r, different model marins, Salsa Rangefinder Deore 29, and Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp. Definitely want something that can support my weight.

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    Slightly over budget but the frame is quality and worth upgrading to higher end components as time goes on if you choose.


    https://www.commencalusa.com/Mobile/...in-c2x29149188


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    Here’s the 29er version if interested.


    https://www.commencalusa.com/Mobile/...in-c2x29149188


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    wow, that's an awesome looking bike. definitely going to consider that as well. thank you

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    https://99spokes.com/compare?bikes=c...thom-29-1-2020

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shredmonkey View Post
    Here’s the 29er version if interested.


    https://www.commencalusa.com/Mobile/...in-c2x29149188


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    Although I'm a 27.5 fan myself, I think the OP would be better served with a 29er as you suggested here. The Commencal Meta HT AM ride 29 is a bit over budget, but looks pretty good for the price.
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    Here's a really great option:

    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod188255

    It has a burlier fork and better brakes than many bikes in this price range which should help with your weight. I have a Ragley Marley that I really like a whole lot. CRC has really fast shipping. I was surprised how quickly my bike got here.
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    I ended up purchasing the 2019 Raleigh Tokul 3. I know its not as good as the 2020 ($1,760) model but for $699, I can upgrade the fork, if I love the bike. Thank you all for the help.

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

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