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    Norco HT new vs Norco FS used

    Getting back into mountain bike riding after 15 years and have a $1500ish budget. Currently ride cross country style but would be interested in more 'through the woods over rocks and streams' type of riding. Whatever you want to call that.😁

    What are your thoughts when comparing a new 2018 Norco Fluid HT 2+ ($1349)vs a used 2018 Norco Fluid Full Sus 1+ ($1600).

    I don't care if it's used. I've never ridden full suspension. And am a little leary of plus sized tires (simply because it's new and seems gimmicky). I just want something good quality that will last me a few years. I'd do my own maintenance.

    Fluid HT 2+ = https://m.norco.com/bikes/mountain/t...ht/fluid-2-ht/

    Fluid Fs 1+ = https://m.norco.com/bikes/mountain/t...luid-fs1-plus/

    Thoughts?

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    I'd go with the hardtail. You can change tires to 2.6 or wheels to 29 with 2.35 or 2.4. Plenty of tuning options.

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    Thanks.

    The simpleton in me leans HT, but I'd be interested in having a FS with better parts for just a bit more.* My main gripe is the plus tires, which is new to me.**

    The used Fluid FS is a rental, maintained by a LBS.* I figure it's nearly new (2018 model) and likely not thrashed.* Warranty is still the same as new, too.* Supposedly better components, but I'm going to guess at this price point it doesn't make a huge difference.* I'm not interested in upgrading parts anytime soon.**

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    Full sus....no brainer.

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    The spec on the .1 is so much better it's compelling. Build spec on the .2 Fluid is pretty ...um... entry level, shall we say.

    I have a Torrent .1 HT and love it, but I love my FS more, so if you're a one-bike guy, get the FS.

    But, that depends on a bunch of things - terrain and riding style most of all. If you're pedaling bike paths on the flat, FS is overkill. If you're bombing rock gardens, HT can be a physically punishing (but fun!) challenge.

    PS - plus tires are an absolute revelation.
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    THanks all. In the end I got the used FS. Lovin' it so far! Though still getting used to the plus tires. I'm running them at around 23 psi and feel like the front tire doesn't want to bite on loose terrain. I figured for the extra bit of money to get a FS barely used is fine wit me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by foofght View Post
    THanks all. In the end I got the used FS. Lovin' it so far! Though still getting used to the plus tires. I'm running them at around 23 psi and feel like the front tire doesn't want to bite on loose terrain. I figured for the extra bit of money to get a FS barely used is fine wit me!
    Good choice. What tires do you have mounted? 23psi sounds high. When I ran plus wheels (3" tires), my pressures were in the mid teens.
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    23 is way too high unless you're a clyde. 5'10", 170#, I run 16-17R 14-15F with 2.6/2.8R 2.8F all on 35i rims
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