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    Atroz 3 or Hawk Hill

    Ive refined my selection down to these 2 bikes...

    Diamondback Atroz 3
    https://bicyclewarehouse.com/product...k-atroz-3-2018

    Marin Hawk Hill
    https://www.marinbikes.com/bikes/hawk-hill


    The Hawk Hill will be available at my lbs, and the Dimondback would have to be ordered. They're both around the same price ($1500)

    My 2 main concerns are about the travel and Atroz's single pivot frame.

    I'm not sure if Ill need more than 120mm travel, since all my riding is equal uphill/downhill, with lots of rocky, rooty, and technical terrain. But I don't want to end up wanting more later..

    either one would be the small frame (I'm 5'6" and 150lbs)

    Any experience with either of these? Would one be better than the other?

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    Having looked at the details of these bikes in the past, I'd say that the Hawk Hill is a much better bike overall.

    The suspension is more refined and the frame will take upgrades such as an internal dropper post.
    Riding Washington State singletrack since 1986

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    Hawk Hill for $1,400 at Performance.

    Marin Hawk Hill 27.5 Mountain Bike - 2018 - Performance Bike

    If you can spring it, the next level comes with some very useful upgrades such as a dropper post.

    Marin Hawk Hill 2 27.5" Mountain Bike - 2018 - Performance Bike
    Riding Washington State singletrack since 1986

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    That Atroz looks like a Santa Cruz Heckler....well, at least the rear triangle. The shock mounting point is in a different spot though.

    Based ONLY on what I've read previously, I'd get the Hawk Hill as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k2rider1964 View Post
    That Atroz looks like a Santa Cruz Heckler....well, at least the rear triangle. The shock mounting point is in a different spot though.

    Based ONLY on what I've read previously, I'd get the Hawk Hill as well.
    I seem to recall reading that the Atroz climbs very poorly. That said, there are other DB models in that price range that are much better.
    Riding Washington State singletrack since 1986

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    I went with the Hawk Hill.. Just in time for it to snow

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    on a side note: the last bike I owned was a Specialized Pitch (hardtail, Small frame) and it felt nice while sitting.. but I think it was just a little too small when I stood up.. like my knees seemed to want to hit the handlebars.

    I went with the Medium frame Hawk Hill. sitting down, I had to make some adjustments for reach (35mm stem, 720mm 1.5" riser bars, pulled the seat forward, towards the front of the frame) and it feels "right"... standing up, it feels like it should. Ill have to get used to a longer wheelbase, but it seems more stable. Now, for the snow to melt so I can hit the trails

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