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    The BiG summer purchase

    Okay I know - Not a bad problem to have, but here is the question:
    Looking to buy a new bike this summer and need some help/feedback.
    • Price $4000 range
    • Rider weight 200lb
    • Age of rider 40
    • Ride type is mostly single track/forest roads/small hills
    • Southern Ontario ride/ travel area
    • Intermediate ability
    • Present bike 2002 Specialized Enduro Pro(getting worn out)
    • Ride 3-4 times per week
    • No preference to make or model
    • Would like disc/dual suspension

    Any personal experience, help or guidance into making a good choice on this next purchase would be greatly appreciated.

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    Check out the Santa Cruz Blur. The new LT coming out looks pretty cool with 135 mm travel in the rear or the XC with 115 mm travel. Could set up a great xc bike with either one of them. If you don't mind a little extra weight the Heckler is a great bike as well that can be built up relatively light at 27 - 28 pounds.
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    if you have 4g to spend it would almost be worth puting together your own bike
    and if not the blur might be a good choice
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    Wow 4g...I am not sure how to answer that question haha. I am in shock.

    To be honest, the sx trail would be at the top of my list. Pretty smoking bike stock, won't be much to bother upgrading and it will literally handle anything ontario has to throw at it.

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    For that much try all of them and see which you like best.
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    for 4k i would build my own perfect bike
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    For $4K, you could build your own perfect $3K bike and spend $1K travelling to really cool places to ride. Like Arizona, or Fiji, or Japan. Or even BC.

    Just seems like after a point, unless you're racing, the money isn't getting you a better bike, just more bragging rights, or more bling. And $3K seems like plenty of money to buy/build a badass bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kandnhome
    For $4K, you could build your own perfect $3K bike and spend $1K travelling to really cool places to ride. Like Arizona, or Fiji, or Japan. Or even BC.
    Or he could donate that extra grand to a poor student in Regina

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    If I had the cash and wanted a full suspension it would be a Trek Session 77.

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    bah. Anything about 3k spells out custom for the best bike
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    4k wouldnt even be half as much as i'd need to build my dream bike. What are you guys talking about??
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    Some guys don't want to build up a bike, they would rather by something out of the box, and ride it, and that's cool. If it was me I would go for the P3, or for a full suspension frame a Big Hit, frames and then go from there.
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    Hey guys this isn't a "if you had 4000$" thread. Its a "what bike should I buy for 4000$ that wouldbe good for trails." No a bighit fr bike, not a dh bike, not a light weight xc bike. Trails...If you want to start yet ANOTHER "whats your dream bike" thread feel free. (4k wouldn't get me my dream bike either...4k american maybe)

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    If you were a smooth rider I might go boutique with that kind of coin. I don't really like ellsworth (I am a heavy hack who doesn't ride xc) but this would suit ontario fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto-MTB
    Okay I know - Not a bad problem to have, but here is the question:
    Looking to buy a new bike this summer and need some help/feedback.
    • Price $4000 range
    • Rider weight 200lb
    • Age of rider 40
    • Ride type is mostly single track/forest roads/small hills
    • Southern Ontario ride/ travel area
    • Intermediate ability
    • Present bike 2002 Specialized Enduro Pro(getting worn out)
    • Ride 3-4 times per week
    • No preference to make or model
    • Would like disc/dual suspension

    Any personal experience, help or guidance into making a good choice on this next purchase would be greatly appreciated.
    From the sounds of it, I get the feeling that you dont jump and aren't too abusive on your equipment. Are you looking for an all mountain bike or a light weight XC bike?

    Light weight XC bikes:

    1) Rocky Mounta Element
    2) Specialized Epic
    3) Giant Trance

    All Mountain bikes:

    1) Cannondale Prophet 4000 (drool)
    2) Rocky Mountain ESTX
    3) Something from Specalized.

    Sounds like you're getting something sweet. Good luck

    Ming

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonaut
    4k wouldnt even be half as much as i'd need to build my dream bike. What are you guys talking about??
    Aussie dollars are worthless

    seeing that this person is from Canadaa, I am gonna assume we are talking canadian dollars. 4g canadian is worth aorudn 3g US? Can anyone confirm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mindbogger
    Aussie dollars are worthless

    seeing that this person is from Canadaa, I am gonna assume we are talking canadian dollars. 4g canadian is worth aorudn 3g US? Can anyone confirm?

    Too lazy to go on xe.com
    $3200 US @ current rates...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mindbogger
    Aussie dollars are worthless

    seeing that this person is from Canadaa, I am gonna assume we are talking canadian dollars. 4g canadian is worth aorudn 3g US? Can anyone confirm?

    Too lazy to go on xe.com
    Yep...

    but aussie dollars are almost dollar for dollar Its their market that blows chunks.

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    All true. We have to pay so much for stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    If you were a smooth rider I might go boutique with that kind of coin. I don't really like ellsworth (I am a heavy hack who doesn't ride xc) but this would suit ontario fine.

    http://www.bikeroom.com/Itemdesc.asp?CartId={A751FCF8-B56D-4C2D-A890-708D19111EF6**&ic=t5%2D18i%2Dblu


    WOW, that is a great price on that bike. The frame normally retails for $1995 (US). So for another grand you get the whole bike, that is a sweet deal. Put the extra money towards a nice set of wheels from Mike Garcia and you will be set.
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    frame nicolai helius fr black/black/matte black
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    Yeti 575.... http://www.yeticycles.com/1_bikes/ki..._racedisc.html

    it's light and has a bunch of travel for hitting the trail hard. With the stable platform shocks the climbing will be like a xc bike. This bike in the link goes for around 3k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markhr
    frame nicolai helius fr black/black/matte black
    fork rockshox pike team
    headset chris king no thread set black
    Shifters rohloff speedhub twist
    Bar
    bar ends
    Stem
    Seatpost
    Rims mavic x819 disc ust black 36 hole
    Spokes SS straight guage 3 cross
    front hub DT Swiss hugi fr 36 hole
    rear hub/gears rohloff speedhub cc disc 32 hole 15tooth sprocket black
    rohloff chain tensioner + chain guide
    Cranks truvativ stylo single gxp 175 38tooth ring
    BB truvativ stylo single gxp 175 38tooth ring
    Pedals Time ATB ATAC XS carbon ti
    Chain rohloff slt99 trial 1/2" x 3/32"
    Brakes Fr + R hope mono m4 with ss hose
    grips wtb technical trail grips
    Saddle Selle Italia Pro Link Trans Am Gel Flow black
    Tyres continental explorer pro ust
    Skewers shimano xtr rear
    Read the topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KonaRider24
    Read the topic.
    yeah I agree - apart from bars, stem and seat post it's a freeride/xc/all mountain bike for around $4k

    whether it's a route Toronto wants to go down is up to him.
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