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    The funds have arrived. Shopping trip Wednesday.

    The funds have arrived and I plan on buying...<br />
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    My options are:<br />
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    GT Karakoram 4.0<br />
    D'Back Overdrive<br />
    Scott Scale 29 Trail<br />
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    If I can find a SWEET deal on a Giant Talon, I may go with that.<br />
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    Budget is about $500. <br />
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    Any thoughts on my potential suitors?<br />


    BTW, I'm 6'3" and 240lbs.

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    Those are all good bikes, test ride em and choose what you like brah.

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    I was looking at the same bikes a few months back. My old bike was a diamondback and while they are tanks and are fairly decent bikes, I wanted to try something different. I came across the GT and I fell in love with the look and feel of the karakoram. I'm 6'2" and 215 and it feels great...I do not regret my decision.

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    It's too bad those bottom end Trek and Cannondale bikes have gone up to the $700 price point. Nothing wrong with those bikes but it would be nice to have more options.
    He who dares....wins!

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    Picked up a Karakoram 4.0 for $399 at Performance Bike tonight. I wish I could have went with a 3 or 2, but I can always (and I plan on) upgrading in the future.

    I can't wait to get it out on the trail tomorrow!

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    Congrats Erik on the new ride. I just picked up a new Trek Marlin and loving it. Needs a new seat and grips.

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    Yeah... I've started a laundry list for mine too... Gonna ride the hell out of it for now though. Just got back from its "deflowering"... I love it!

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    nothing more fun than some deflowering

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    Quote Originally Posted by erikrichter View Post
    Picked up a Karakoram 4.0 for $399 at Performance Bike tonight. I wish I could have went with a 3 or 2, but I can always (and I plan on) upgrading in the future.

    I can't wait to get it out on the trail tomorrow!
    How are you liking the GT Karakoram 4.0?

    I haven't ridden in years. I'm 6"2 300lbs and have been looking at getting a bike because its exercise (outside of basketball) that I actually enjoy. I was looking at the 2012 GT Karakoram 2.0 as my first bike. Mainly start off doing a lot of around town riding and perhaps light trials. I haven't seen many posts with regards to the GT 29ers and was looking for some feedback. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzuck View Post
    How are you liking the GT Karakoram 4.0?
    Loving it! It was one of the first ones I tried and the feeling stuck. The 26ers I rode felt like I was on top of the bike... The 29er feels like I'm sitting in a cockpit.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by dizzuck View Post
    How are you liking the GT Karakoram 4.0
    I haven't seen many posts with regards to the GT 29ers and was looking for some feedback. Thanks!
    There is a whole thread dedicated to the Karakoram in the GT section.
    I was looking at the 2.0 as well, but I wanted to customize it myself so I went with the cheaper 3.0. It has been a great bike! I am running SLX hydro breaks, SLX rear derailleur, 9 speed drive train. I've also upgraded the bars, stem, seat, and front rim. I will have to say this, the rims suck. They don't stay true very long. I tacoed my front rim on her maiden voyage. Once I get a little more money I will be upgrading the rear rim to match. Other than that it is a solid bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VuDoo11 View Post
    There is a whole thread dedicated to the Karakoram in the GT section.
    I was looking at the 2.0 as well, but I wanted to customize it myself so I went with the cheaper 3.0. It has been a great bike! I am running SLX hydro breaks, SLX rear derailleur, 9 speed drive train. I've also upgraded the bars, stem, seat, and front rim. I will have to say this, the rims suck. They don't stay true very long. I tacoed my front rim on her maiden voyage. Once I get a little more money I will be upgrading the rear rim to match. Other than that it is a solid bike.
    Hah, I never scrolled that far down the forum list, I had no idea there was a GT section! Thanks for sharing about your bike. I too was a little concerned with the rims. Can I ask what rim you upgraded to?

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    The guy at my lbs introduced me to the Easton EA70 xc. So far it has been a pretty good rim. I am however a little reluctant on getting the matching rear rim as they are only 24 spoke. I am not sure of the weight limit on the Easton and I'm not sure the 24 spoke will hold up to all the weight and force in the rear. The stock wheel which I'm still running on the rear is a 32 spoke rim and it is already is getting time to get it trued after about 50 miles. If you are 300 lbs I would recommend 32 spoke rims so your not upgrading rims again in the future once you start riding harder.

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