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    How do you deal with all the choices?

    So this fall I'm going to be going to school in lovely Boulder, CO. And here's my issue: I need a mountain bike, but I don't have too much money. Any bike over $2000 is out of my budget.

    Anyways, I consider myself pretty well-informed as for the bikes available. However, the terrain there permits me to do just about any type of riding possible. That poses a problem: what kind of bike do I get, then?

    I've only done trail riding so far. I like it, but I wish the stuff around here wasn't so tame. So the question is, do I get an XC bike, all-mountain, or freeride? I'm trying to anticipate limited future funds and future riding preferences. Should I go hardtail for speed and cost, or FS for control in technical terrain? Ideally I'd have a stable of 6-7 bikes, but that won't happen.

    I'm agonizing over this, and I keep changing my bike preferences every day. I really like Kona and Specialized, but that doesn't narrow it down much. Anybody in similar situations, or go riding around there, and have any advice?
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    Hahaha...well to be honest I couldn't decide. I live in a place with equal number of options. I decided on an all-mountain bike (little longer travel) and a robust ht. Even then I have a 3rd being built for urban and dj...so in short, I am not help. I don't think one bike cuts it for a situation like yours. Especially with you coming from chicago

    If I was FORCED to have one. A good allmountain 6x6 (old school fr) would be ideal. It would be able to handle anything decently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Hahaha...well to be honest I couldn't decide. I live in a place with equal number of options. I decided on an all-mountain bike (little longer travel) and a robust ht. Even then I have a 3rd being built for urban and dj...so in short, I am not help. I don't think one bike cuts it for a situation like yours. Especially with you coming from chicago

    If I was FORCED to have one. A good allmountain 6x6 (old school fr) would be ideal. It would be able to handle anything decently.
    What do you mean by "6x6" and "old school fr"?
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    Update:

    Aw, geez. Started investigating some other brands. So many choices. Rocky Mountain, Santa Cruz, Yeti, not to mention your other well-known brands.

    So I think I've narrowed it down to this: There are quite a few reputable bike shops in Boulder. Three I'm going to take a look at are University Cycles, Full Cycle Cycles, and Sports Garage. Between the three they cover just about every major mtb brand. Anyone know anything about these shops?
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    I have a background picture of a Brodie Holeshot on my computer.
    I started to wonder why I seem to allways resort back to looking at "North Shore" bikes
    I think back of my life and find that it is in my nature. I am 41 now and think back that I was never very happy just to run fast around a track. I had to challenge myself to climb that cliff or see if I could run all the way up that hill. I loved climbing trees when young and climbed roofs at work when I grew to an adult.
    I think there are signs of what we really want to do with a bike if we think back in our lives. For me it was not the speed of doing something, it was could I do it.
    Last year when I had my Brodie Bandit, I crashed 3 times a week on average. Mostly slow manouvers, trying to get over that boulder etc.
    For me I think I need 2 bikes to start. A North Shore for my main riding and a light XC for going from point A to B (I live in a small city).
    Another option would be to find new people to ride with in various clubs etc.
    When I ask people I am riding with to ride their bike that are glad I asked.
    People like promoting their bike and form of riding.
    Yes the choices are many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquatchCO
    What do you mean by "6x6" and "old school fr"?

    6x6 = six inchs travel front and back. Old school Freeride bikes has this much travel.
    The views expressed above are badly thought out and hastley typed. Any spelling or gramatical mistakes, are, their to annoy.

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    I have a Specializied FSR expert and I bought it just for everything. I put on an old pair of rims with smooth tires for busting around town. I can lock out the rear which also makes that ride sweet. I put wider off road tires for adventure racing to free ride stuff. I can take drops of 3-4 feet without too much grief. It's the best around tough rig I have ever bought. I beat the hell out of it and it's solid. Under 2K i dont' think you can do much better. I did price out the Kona's when I bought mine. They put their money and efforts into their frames and durablity, therefore their components will be less for the price. IMHO

    If you hitting drops taller than 4 feet I would diffently go with something that had more travel, but then your going to have a lug around town.

    CHOICES, CHOICES.
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    I'd recomend a good 5x5, or 4x5 bike. Anything more than that and it wont pedal well for $2K. Anything less and itd be easy to get in over your head. But i know poeple who live in boulder and they get along just fine with XC hardtails. Specialized makes great 4x4 and 5x5 bikes, kona has the dawg which would be a great bike for out there. Mael is from the North Shore and does everything, and i come from a strict XC background probably more comparable to your riding style.

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