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    Can I get a DH bike with a 3k budget?

    wondering if i could get a complete DH bike for 3k. im getting a new bike soon i know the budget is low, i may have to get somthing more "all mountain". all the bike on the websites (trek, specialized, giant) all list thier DH bikes as 5K+ bikes.

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    buy used....great deals available

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    Used for 3k is no problem. New for 3k is a stretch but doable just keep peeled for deals.
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    buy used better deals i got used v10 for 1500$
    keep the rubber side down!!

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    i see the kona operator seems to be the only new bike with a 3k msrp new.

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    You can find year end close outs for your price range too. The Demo 8 1's were selling for 3500 new, so you should be able to get them for about 800 off of the list price. I paid 1800 for my Demo 7 brand new out the door a couple of years ago.

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    buy used and buy a brand with a local dealer near you
    I DH bike frame used properly will need replacment bearings/bushings
    every season or 2

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    my LBS is getting 2011 Demo 8 I for $3500, kinda close

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    damn thats cheap for 2011!
    keep the rubber side down!!

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    I built my Blindside with a used frame and used Boxxer for about $2800, so its doable. If I had bought one used but complete I would have spent even less, but then I would have just ended up replacing quite a few parts to make it what I wanted so I chose to build it myself. If you can find one with a parts spec you like and can live with the few things you don't then even less than $2000 is not uncommon. Check the classifieds on MTBR, Pinkbike, and Ridemonkey . . . lots of 1-2 year old DH bikes out there for sale.


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    If you keep an eye out for deals $3000 is easy to do.

    Here is a great option
    http://www.go-ride.com/SPD/ventana-e...1265998197.jsp

    Or buy just the frame and still have $2000 for parts
    http://www.go-ride.com/SPD/ventana-e...1116899930.jsp

    This one might go over $3000 total but is a great frame
    http://www.go-ride.com/SPD/yeti-303-...1228859066.jsp
    http://www.go-ride.com/SPD/yeti-303-...1228859066.jsp

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    Norco DH for 2011 comes in at $3175
    http://norco.com/bikes/mountain/dh-race-gravity/dh/


    edit: Great deal on that Ventana!!

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    That is a great deal on the Ventana. I think you will be hard pressed to beat that deal.

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    Or for $2000 you could get a (used) bike that has actually been raced by a former World Cup Champion:


    http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/740151/
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    A used bike raced at the world cup level would be way down on my list.

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    Not sure about current models but when Mongoose came out with the Boot'r the base model retailed for $3k if I'm not mistaken.

    There are also the Sette and Fezzari DH bikes which can be had for SUPER cheap new.

    But in your position I would go used. 3k will get you something VERY nice, especially in the current used bike market.

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    Heard good things about the gambler $2300 pretty good price.
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...0+Bike+10.aspx

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    or for 2199, get a Sette Vexx and buy a works components or cane creek angleset, and get the HA to 64.5 degrees.
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    wait for a sweet deal on a frame and then keep scouring for delas on componentry. That's what I did and I came out awesome. Took like a season or so, but well worth it.
    especially with the winter comming up, you will be seing a lot of deals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neverwalk
    Or for $2000 you could get a (used) bike that has actually been raced by a former World Cup Champion:


    http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/740151/
    i would never get a wc used bike. that thing has been riden HARD.

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    I respectfully disagree.

    The riders at that level are so much smoother than the typical racer that it isn't even funny. They pick better lines, they have better bike handling skills, they don't count on the bike to "suck it up" to correct rider error. Why do you think they can ride CF frames, seatposts, bars, lightweight wheelsets, and road bike saddles? They aren't riding the bikes like plow bikes. They are hitting very specific lines, that are fast, not sloppy.
    (Plus, that specific bike was only raced in a few races here in the Northeast, not the WC circuit... the owner happens to be a former WC Champion from a ways back.)
    Yes the OP can get a new bike for his $. I was just pointing this one out, as being an unusual find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    buy used....great deals available
    +1

    no shame in buying used

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    Giant Faith 2 (or whatever the cheaper one is) is about 3020 i think, or in there, and the colors are simply amazing too.

    You can find plenty of good used bikes for $3000. Big Hits are there, but if you are thinking about going more "all mountan" the faith would be great because is still got lots of travel, but is less DH than lots of other options. Just something to look at

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    2011 Specialized Big Hit III

    Nice ride for $2999.99 MSRP
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    Check PedalShop.com
    He's got some sweeet deals on several different models of the Marin Quake.
    Just got my 7.9 for well under 3gz, pimped out with Saint components!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Haus Boss
    Check PedalShop.com
    He's got some sweeet deals on several different models of the Marin Quake.
    Just got my 7.9 for well under 3gz, pimped out with Saint components!

    thanks for the plug Ben...

    ya'll can PM me.

    just a smattering left on the uber close-out stuff. that one that Ben picked up, that was the last one but there's others to be had. --- for a little more, l can bling the Quakes with better forks (the 07's came with lame a$$ Zokes so upgrades are almost required).
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    Quote Originally Posted by denjen
    If you keep an eye out for deals $3000 is easy to do.

    Here is a great option
    http://www.go-ride.com/SPD/ventana-e...1265998197.jsp

    Or buy just the frame and still have $2000 for parts
    http://www.go-ride.com/SPD/ventana-e...1116899930.jsp

    This one might go over $3000 total but is a great frame
    http://www.go-ride.com/SPD/yeti-303-...1228859066.jsp
    http://www.go-ride.com/SPD/yeti-303-...1228859066.jsp
    I will second the Ventana. I havve had 3 of them and they all have been excellent bikes. Go-ride also is great to work with.

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