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    Point me toward the right bike

    I am looking for a FS frame that has FR/DH geometry of slack head and seat tubes but built more for trails. I do not want to feel perched over the front wheel and prefer a more upright riding position. I rode a large Specialized Enduro which felt better than the Stumpjumper but still felt like I needed to be scooted back and down. Part of the problem is that I am 6í1Ē with a 35Ē inseam. When the seat is high enough for good leg extension on milder trails, I am just too high and pushed down and forward.

    What type frames should I be looking at? What aspect of the frames geometry make it ride more upright? Taller head tube? I noticed that the enduro had a fairly long stem. Could I use a frame like this but with a short stem and a set back seat post? I don't race and don't need speed. Decent climbing ability for fairly steep would be great, though.

    I donít need the monster travel, build and weight that goes with the FR/DH bikes. Daily I ride gravel road and fairly flat trails with small/medium jump and drops. Therefore, I would like to stick with a suspension that will soak up roots, limbs, small rocks etc. Once a month or so it will go to the mountains for trail riding and playing on a little larger drops. I would like to be able to feel confident on the down hill after the climb, again nothing extreme, but that would make me want to try larger stuff. From what I can tell though, I am going to need at least a 150mm front shock to get the front of the bike up.

    The only shops within 300 miles are Trek and Spec so testing is a problem. The Yeti AS-X really appeals to me but way over built for my needs. Trying to stick to around $2000, especially since I donít think I need a monster bike. Or, do I to get the geometry?

    I have been looking and reading for months and I need to make a decision. Hopefully a good one. Thanks for your help.

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    Take a look at the Wrenchscience website, you can build your dream bike and check on the weight and price as you go. The most affordable Yeti would be around $2800, it is a bit more than your target price but this is a custom built bike that is shipped to your door ready to ride. Here is a link to the Yeti build. We also carry the ASX but it requires a 1.5" fork so that costs a bit more. Happy Trails.
    http://www.wrenchscience.com/WS1/WSL...&job=27&act=12.

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    Last edited by cam2Xrunner; 09-15-2006 at 12:49 PM.

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    A Transition Preston FR would be something to consider, or Kona Coiler. 5" sounds like more than enough travel for you. I know there are other options than what I listed, that's just what came to mind.

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    Not to highjack the thread, but, does anyone know the HA of an '07 Stumpjumper?

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    35 inseam........mostly flatter trails (ie more pedaling)......look into a VP Free or Intense Uzzi
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    Sounds like you want 4/5 inches on that thing (IMO VP Free is over kill)

    Almost every manufacturer will have something that fits that category so take your pick!

    Maybe something like a Santa Cruz Nomad (there's a lot of guys who rave about them) or if you want a little more travel an Intense 6.6 (or even Uzzi as SMT suggested) or even an Orange Patriot (see sig ).
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    You could also try a Santa Cruz Blur 4x. That with a Pike or a 36 sounds like it would suit you. Good luck!

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    I have to agree Blur 4x would be a good choice as well as the Transition Preston.

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