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    Need help with big purchase!!!

    OK guys I'm looking to buy a full suspension xc bike. I have been riding the same bike for the last 10 years, an airbourne ti hardtail with chris king hubs raceface cranks and bb xtr v-braks and rear derailer. I'm running a 9 speed with a paul guide, manitou r7 forksit weighs in at about 22lbs. I like to do sport level races, and one or two xterra offroad tri's I'm usually good for a 12 hour or an adventure race a year as well all int the maryland, northern va, and pennsylvainia area.

    I go about 5'10" at 170lbs
    So the bikes I have been considering are the

    Santa cruz blur
    Scott spark (saw a small spark 40 for $2,500 on ebay)
    Ellsworth truth

    I'm a little scared of the carbon bikes being fragle but that could be that last time I looked for a bike was 2000 or so. As far as price I don't want to buy a bike and wish I would have stepped up with that extra money and got that better bike

    Please help!!!

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    I don't think you need to fear carbon. The fact that you've been riding a 22 lb bike with and R7 fork leads me to beleive you're not particularly hard on your equipment. I still have a 15 year old carbon hardtail that's still going strong.
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    OK with that said is the Santa Cruz Blur XC xtr build worth the money? That is the bike I would lean too but the price and carbon was holding me back. Even at a discount, is $4,500 dollars worth the differance for a $2,500 scott spark 40 or comperable bike for $2,500 or so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eod2135
    OK with that said is the Santa Cruz Blur XC xtr build worth the money? That is the bike I would lean too but the price and carbon was holding me back. Even at a discount, is $4,500 dollars worth the differance for a $2,500 scott spark 40 or comperable bike for $2,500 or so?
    Your biggest issue is you're used to riding a 22 lb bike. It cost a lot of money to get a full suspension bike light. Looking at the components on the Spark, I would guess you're looking at 29 - 31 lbs. I'm ok with a 30-pound FS, but you may not be.
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    Ibis Mojo SL WTF would be the same weight as your current HT with 5.5" of travel. It's great for 12hr event as well.

    There are a lot of good Titus sales now, Jenson has them from 600-900 for Racer X, FTM frame.

    I have the SC Blur LTC I think it's also awesome. It's not that much slacker than XC and weight penalty is very small.

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    I came from a 19-pound Cannondale XC race hardtail and settled for this after test-riding over 30 carbon, titanium and aluminum FS bikes. So what if it only weighs 22.3 pounds...its CLIMBS BETTER than my old hardtail!!!

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    What is that the anthem 1? I just found a 2010 scott spark 20 on ebay for $2,500 but my local bike shop owner is pushing me to a anthem 1 or 2 29er. I got to be honest thought I looked at them and I wasn't a fan of the look of color schemes. I know that is stupid of me but it still the chrome and blue just didn't work for me I did look at the Mojo sl that is a sweet bike thanks for adding a bike to the mix so now I'm going to do my research on the Scott Spark 20 becuase I can get one cheap. If that falls through then I'm between the Santa Cruz Blur and the Scott Spark the Ellsworth is out but the Mojo might creep in

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    I'm just not a big fan of Scott for a while they were doing a lot of funky remotes stuff. Just look cheesy, not to say that I don't like remote but man the plastic stuff just bothers me quite a bit. I'm sure the newer ones are much better but it just stuck with me. I do like their big travel bike though, Yum.

    Discliamer: not a big fan of XC geo, long stretch out. flat back.

    Santa Cruz at least has a shorter cockpit, easier to move around.

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    Rethink the truth. Demo one if you can. The company has also come along way in customer service. If you like to climb as much as I do the Truth is a mountain goat and extremely fast.

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    O. K. guys here is where I'm at

    2009 new Santa Cruz Blur XC carbon XTR kit $4,600

    2011 new Giant Anthem 1 or 2 29er $3,300 (Local Bike shop is pushing it)

    2010 used Scott Sprak 20 $2500

    Any good websites for bike sales I have used JensonUSA, Cambria, Greenfishsports, and HucknRoll Maybe I'll squeeze that Truth back in.

    I looked at the Mojo but I want a bike that is a little more established. bigger company when spending this kind of money

    Thanks for all the input guys when I do finally buy this thing I will post pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by eod2135
    O. K. guys here is where I'm at

    2009 new Santa Cruz Blur XC carbon XTR kit $4,600

    2011 new Giant Anthem 1 or 2 29er $3,300 (Local Bike shop is pushing it)

    2010 used Scott Sprak 20 $2500

    Any good websites for bike sales I have used JensonUSA, Cambria, Greenfishsports, and HucknRoll Maybe I'll squeeze that Truth back in.

    I looked at the Mojo but I want a bike that is a little more established. bigger company when spending this kind of money

    Thanks for all the input guys when I do finally buy this thing I will post pictures

    You'd be surprise with Ibis customer service. Just do search on the forum. As for the ride, it's a formidable competitor to those on your list to say the least. It has 1.5" more travel, and snappy pedaling, competent descender. If you get a chance give it a test ride, since you are spending this kind of money.

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