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    good bike for $1300 max

    hi all,
    I have been saving for a wial now and have grown out of my old hard tail. So, now i have a max spending limit of $1300 for a new bike. I like to ride some techical trails with a few rock gardens and roots. i also do some XC and single track. My question is what is a good bike for this kind of terrian? I've cheched into lots of brands like kona which seems good. I hear good things about thier bikes and warranties. My lbs is also puting new (2004) klein palomino v disc on sale for $1299.99 and it seems like a good bike and good components. sounds like a steal to me since it hasn't been used and is like $1000 off retail price. so, i would like to hear what you all beleive is a good bike for me. i dont care if it is fs or if it is hard tail. i want to know what to stay away from and what is good brand. also, im 15 and almost 6foot and wieght 135lb. so i what a bike that can keep challenging me and pushing me to my limits. and right now i would not likee to hear go test ride and bike and get one that feels good. i live an hour away from the nearest store. my parents dont what to drive me that far and then have to drive back with nothoing to show for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mach_5
    I've cheched into lots of brands like kona which seems good. I hear good things about thier bikes and warranties.
    Ya, I'm sure anyone here would agree, Kona bikes are superb.

    As for the type of bike, I would look for a fs trail bike. Maybe 5-6 in. travel in the back.

    -Matt

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    That's a pretty nice price range. I have a preference, right now anyway, towards hardtails. I like their lack of forgiveness and use it to become more skilled. That being said, a pretty decent full suspension can be bought in that price range. I would still go with a hardtail...

    http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=9709
    http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/05_dakotaal.html#
    or if you could find a deal
    http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/05_dakotaxc.html

    I don't know much about kona or klein, sorry.

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    thanks for all the imput so far! I have really considering either the stumpjumper or either of those jamis. i like that dragon.

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    You have a plethora of bikes from which to choose. Take some time, look at a lot of manufacturer's bikes and then make a decision. I'm partial to Specialized but there are a lot of other brands that make great rides for great prices. A couple of other manufacturers to think about that can get you a lot of bang for you buck are:

    Giant
    Iron Horse
    Titus

    There are others but I can't think of them right now. Also, check out www.mtbr.com to see who's making bikes in your price range and see what they think of them.
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    Also check out KHS bikes. They have some really nice bikes in your price range. For some reason most people overlook them which is kind of a good thing, keeps the prices reasonable.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    i think that titus is a bit out of my price range. i don't plan on getting my heart set on any one bike. i've planned to go and check out a few bike stores this weekend and check out some bikes.

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