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    Best upgradable hardtail for $800?

    Any thoughts or suggestions? Iím broke and donít feel like dumping money into my 2008 Giant. Looking for something that can be upgraded as I see fit. Such as tapered fork capable etc. most I know have cheap components and straight stearers which isnít ideal for finding many upgrades. In a perfect world Iíd want 120mm travel, tapered air fork, hydro brakes, and practically any drivetrain for now. Later would upgrade to the sram eagle line and really anything else needed. So I guess the most important is a slacker head angle and 120mm tapered fork. Just want to make sure itís able to take modern easy to find upgrades

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    $800 is going to be a difficult price for the geometry you're seeking.

    Most $800 hardtails I know are the same ones for sale at $500, just with better parts.

    It's not until you start getting to $1,000-$1,200 that you start to see some better hardtail frames with more all-around geo, and more upgradeable platforms to build on. For some brands, that entry price might be over $2,000, depending on what you like.

    Bikes like the Giant Fathom, Salsa Timberjack, Kona Honzo, Santa Cruz Chameleon, Guerrilla Gravity Pedalhead, and so on. There are other brands, some more, some a little less.

    Generally speaking, air forks start showing up at around $1,000. If you can track down a deal with Diamondback (not too hard), you should be able to find one of their hardtails with an air fork close to your price range. At full price, though, that will cost you about $1200 or more, depending on model. If you give up the air fork spec, you could, say, get one of the lower end models that uses the same frame for much less, and possibly get in on the Suntour loyalty program to upgrade the fork to an air fork to stay within your budget.

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    You probably won't find a hardtail in the $800 range that uses a 120mm air fork. You could get lucky and find a used one over at Pink Bike.

    Here is one model that comes close to your wishes: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/fathom-1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Battery View Post
    You probably won't find a hardtail in the $800 range that uses a 120mm air fork. You could get lucky and find a used one over at Pink Bike.

    Here is one model that comes close to your wishes: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/fathom-1
    Yeah my brother has the Fathom 1. Amazing bike was just trying to get away with something similar for less but looks like I wonít have any luck

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    By used --note used bikes are hard to sell for more than 50% of what was paid---the folks on pinkbike seem not to get this in general----note how few bikes actually sell---but a used spesh crave would be an option

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    I recently sold my hardtail. New, it was 900. I ended up upgrading a lot of things. Overall, I put another 800 in it. Sold it for 400 a couple of months ago. Depreciation sucks.

    Look for a used one. You'll find a great deal.

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    The Sync'r seems like a pretty good bike for your budget. If you use Diamondbacks corporate discount the price is $880 + taxes. I was thinking about getting it before i found my FS.

    https://www.diamondback.com/sync-r-27-5-41

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