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    I want a play bike....cheap

    BMW, 4x, DH, FR, doesn't matter.

    I've got my road bike. It works.

    I've got my 29er HT. It works as well.

    No complaints. My girl has even got a pretty sweet ride (older SC Chameleon at 24lbs). I could spend a little money on a winter commuter (old 26" with fenders), but what I've really wanted lately was something to hone my skills.

    BMX bikes are cheap. I can find a bike that was $400 last year for $100 this year and it's rarely been ridden. Thing is, they are hard on my 26yr old bones, plus they are only good on the streets or well groomed jumps, not much of a trail bike.

    Same goes for 26" jump bikes. Lots of fun on the street, but nothing you can really take too a downhill park.

    My local trails have some stunts built up, some nice drops, and I think I'll probably move someplace within a year or two that has even more of this style of trail.

    I've always loved the 4X Short-Travel full-suspension bikes. Stiff, agile, easy to fling (and bail), but on the street they won't be nearly as much fun as a hard tail.

    Financially, a BMX bike and a cheap downhill bike would the best way of accomplishing both realms of interest, but even the cheapest downhill bikes are $1000.

    Should I look into a long-travel, slack 26" HT?

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    Here's a sweet deal on a 4 play bike, looks pretty versatile.

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...I+Bike+09.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airbourne
    Here's a sweet deal on a 4 play bike, looks pretty versatile.

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...I+Bike+09.aspx
    ha, exactly what i was gonna suggest.

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    Even at $800 and some change I could get 3 used BMX bikes for that price.

    Plus my neighbor broke his 08 Parker within a week of ownership. Did they solve that problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaintPeelinPbody
    Even at $800 and some change I could get 3 used BMX bikes for that price.
    You're not a child anymore, don't buy a kids bike. Buy a man-bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaintPeelinPbody
    Even at $800 and some change I could get 3 used BMX bikes for that price.

    Plus my neighbor broke his 08 Parker within a week of ownership. Did they solve that problem?
    by most accounts yes but i guess there are still some lemons out there.

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    2010-2011 Scott Voltage FR(10,20,30 pick you price range)

    2011 FR30 pictured
    Basically built to do everything in between your XC and full-on DH bike(sounds like u don't really need a full-on dh bike).. Tons of travel options/shock options, 1.5 HT so you can run just about any fork you can throw at it(no restrictions on travel), dialed geometry, very good pricing.
    "The future belongs to those that believe in the beauty of their dreams."

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    The Voltage is it. Wow. I've seen pictures of them setup for dirt jump and slope style with 120mm forks and others with nearly 200mm.

    I don't need a pedal bike, so its climbing (in)efficiency doesn't bother me.

    But I can't afford that kinda change right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaintPeelinPbody
    Even at $800 and some change I could get 3 used BMX bikes for that price.

    Plus my neighbor broke his 08 Parker within a week of ownership. Did they solve that problem?
    I think they fixed the problem with the chainstays cracking. That problem was only on 08's.

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