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    Thinking of a new bike (so whats new with that)

    I have a 2004 IH Hollowpoint. I have been happy with it, but I think it is starting to show its age. I think that rear shock bushings need to be replace, and the front fork (Manitou Black SPV) is starting to leak a little oil or something, and if I brake on fast downhills, it starts to shake or shimmy.

    As a result, I am thinking of a new bike with around 4.5 to 5 inches of travel. Most of the parts on the bike can transfer to a new bike, so I am thinking of a frame and fork. My budget is limited as I just started working after having been unemployed for about 1.5 years(ie most of my savings are gone). I have seen marin (frame alone for 900-1000), chumba (frame and fork for 1450), khs xct (completed bike 1500), or any other sugestions you may have).

    I want a bike that can stand up to rock, steep down hills, and can climb technical trails (sitting and standing) and be ridden on the road to the trails. I have destroyed several large chainrings, so I am not wild about (excesively) low bottom brackets, and I am at an intermediate (XC trails, I am a ***** when it comes to drops or jumps over 2 feet), but an above average climber.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Going into winter no job I'd say stick with what you have till next year.

    So whats wrong with your GF??
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    I have a job now, and I am starting to save money again. So, i am now thinking about a bike or frame & fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by micky
    I have a job now, and I am starting to save money again. So, i am now thinking about a bike or frame & fork.
    Look for sales in 2010 your in full on rain and winter is coming.
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    Actually, I got a job in El Paso, TX which is where I relocated to. There is very little rain, and winter means mild weather by my standards (relocated from MD). WHen I sold my house in MD, I made a little profit, so I may use a little bit of that to get a bike (with the rest going into a new house within 2 miles from the trails in the area.

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    Ok then Mr. Big Bucks Great Weather whats you budget now.
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    It will be about 1,500 or so. If I move parts (it will be mid level..lx to xt but older), I can get a better overall bike. If I buy a bike it will be low end parts.

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