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    Looking for a light trail bike

    Hi,
    I'm looking around for a trail/XC bike and some advice would be helpful.
    First, I prefer riding full sus. bikes, so that is what I am looking at. My budget is around $1700 (900), maybe slightly more.
    I will mostly use the bike for trail and track riding, some XC etc. I'll probably be using it every weekend, and some week evenings in the summer.
    A couple options are:
    06 Kona Kikapu Deluxe (my first choice ATM).
    Trek fuel 80 OR Trek fuel EX7.
    05 Iron Horse MKIII comp (probably second choice).
    Was also considering a giant trance, one of the lower end models. (I have a giant glory and the maestro system is really impressive.)
    These are my choices so far, at first looks in three local bike shops.
    I also have another important question:
    Is it better to buy a bike from a decent LBS who can then offer me discount/freebies in the future with servicing etc? Or do I go for a really good deal from a decent mail order company?
    Help with choices would be great!
    Cheers,
    Graham

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    If it was me picking i would go with the Giant Trance then the Kona because of the suspension linkage.

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