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    Getting back into biking...need some wheels

    Iíll paraphrase what kind of riding I would like to do. Basically, I want to find a good all mountain bike that will take some abuse. About 10 years ago I rode between 50-100 miles a week about 10 years ago and got out of it for awhile and now would like to get back into biking. At that time suspension forks and bikes were just hitting the market. I believe Rock Shox where about the only forks you could get. I had a Gaint ATX 760 that had no suspension at all and XT components. I donít think Iíll be riding as many miles now because I have kids now and California terrain is way different then PA where I was riding before. I monster hill to us back there isnít even worth mentioning as a comparison to what is out here in CA.

    Iíve heard a lot of people say that the full suspension bike is awkward at first but once you get used to it there is no going back. Plus since all the top end bikes from every manufacturer are full-suspension I think that speaks for itself. With that being said Iím looking for a full suspension bike. Preferably Iíd like to have the ability to lock out my forks and rear suspension. Some of the shops Iíve been going to have been telling me that the new suspension bikes donít have as much of a problem loosing power on the uphill as the bikes have in the past. I donít know how true that is. If that is true, with cost in mind, it wonít be the end of the world if I canít get those lock out abilities now. My only concern is that Iím around 240 right now and most of the bikes in the store are setup for a guy a lot lighter then me. So sitting on a bike in the shop I donít feel confident that the shocks will be stiff enough for my weight. I guess Iím just looking for reassurance thereÖ

    As far as riding goes, I want to be able to take whatever bike out on all day trips as well as the 2-3 hour afterwork kind of trips. Since the uphill part really isnít that fun, Iíd rather have a bike that will handle the downhill better. However I donít want to be ready to shoot myself on an uphill either. I would expect to do some jumping as well as hoping logs, rocks, and creek crossings. Some of the shops have lead me in the direction of the Cross-Country bikes and some of them at bikes that are a little more down-hill. For example the bikes that Iíve been interested in are the 05 Cannondale Jekyll and now these two different Marinís. Iíve been hearing a lot of the guys say that Marins have a good reputation but I noticed them not on the forums here... Oh yeah, my pricerange is 1500-2000 dollars. Iíd rather be closer to the 1500 mark so I have some cash for shoes, clothes, multi-tool, etc. So here are the two I looked at:

    http://www.marinbikes.com/bicycles_2...rift_zone.html

    http://www.marinbikes.com/bicycles_2...k_springs.html

    Iím leaning toward the second one, itís more in my price range and seems to have more down hill attributes that I am interested in.

    Here are a few good deals that I saw on old models that caught my attention.

    http://gallery.bcentral.com/GID40386...Zone-2005.aspx

    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/4...tain-Bike.html (Kind of heavy)

    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/4...tain-Bike.html


    Please feel free to point me in another direction if you think Iím looking at the wrong stuff!

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    I agree on your list the Rock Spring is the best one for around here. Might want to also look into Ibex, for $1599 you can get a extreamly well set up Asta Pro. It's sporting the new Manitou suspension with SPV so you dont have to deal with lockout & the component selection is tops. They are a net company thats how they can keep the price down. You can call & talk to a very helpfull person on the phone, excelent customer service.

    http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/ASTA-PRO-Details.html

    http://www.ibexbikes.com/contact_us.html

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    I'm a little leary of a bike that I can't sit on, let alone the bike that you pointed out seems to be the top of thier line. I want a bike that I know I can count on for the next 5 years. I was hoping to see more posts/replies but I guess I didn't title this post well enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smear3
    I'm a little leary of a bike that I can't sit on, let alone the bike that you pointed out seems to be the top of thier line. I want a bike that I know I can count on for the next 5 years. I was hoping to see more posts/replies but I guess I didn't title this post well enough.
    Dont wory you will get more responses.

    As for the top of the line Ibex, check out the build & compair to bikes costing 1900.00-2200.00, they can just offer a great price being a net co. That bike will easily last as long or longer than any bike on the market.

    Ibex does work with you on proper sizing & they do offer a 30 return policy.

    Last there are only a small handfull of frame manufactures in the world & companys just have to put their order in & hang their brand tag & some components on it.

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    I'll just sit and wait to get some more opinions... I will admit that that the XT and XTR is not on most of the bikes in that pricepoint.

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    Other good brands to look into are Jamis Dakar XLT or XC.
    http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/06_xlt1.html
    http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/06_xcexpert.html

    If you want to get hard core XC Titus Racer X series.
    http://www.titusti.com/racerx_main.html

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    That Asta P does have some very awsome specs. I myself can't wait to see the Atlas from Ibex..

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalBay
    That Asta P does have some very awsome specs. I myself can't wait to see the Atlas from Ibex..

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    dogonit, your in the directors chair ...again.

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    So no opinion on the bikes that I posted? How do you guys feel about Marin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smear3
    So no opinion on the bikes that I posted? How do you guys feel about Marin?
    The Rock Springs is a good all around bike that can climb & decend very well. The Rift Zone is more for the XC rider & is not bad at being agressive a bit if called on. The bad boy & the good boy. Marins have a life time frame warranty & can be found at many dealerships.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smear3
    So no opinion on the bikes that I posted? How do you guys feel about Marin?
    Like you say you just need some reassurence, It seems you are leaning heavily towards Marin, and in the end thats all it matters is if you are happy with your purchase. Personally I don't know a thing about marin, other then they have some nice looking bikes. I haven't seen a lot of post about them. Hopefully someone with experience with Marin will chime in. I also second the Ibex Asta. I have yet to read a bad comment about Ibex (I'm sure there are some, I just haven't seen any). My next purchase will either be a Ibex Asta, or Leader 626, great bang for your buck.
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    Asta's gonna rock the trails when it gets off the ship.

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