Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes: IRO Model 19, Surly Crosscheck, 1989 Arnie Nashbar
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I'm looking for a new bike and have decided on a full-suspension. I currently have a 6 yr old Kaitai with many new upgrades to include; race face cranks/ bb, thompson stem, xt shifters/brakes/9 sp cassette, derailleurs, bontrager wheel set, serfas seat, and Shimano 545 pedals, oury grips, barrends, and velociraptors. I am considering: Fisher Sugar 3, Jamis Dakar, and Trek's Fuel 90.
I would like some feedback on these bikes (performance, geometry, etc) as well as advice regarding whether or not to buy a whole bike or just a frameset so as I can swap all the new parts from my current bike (I'd hate to think these upgrades were for nought). Which is the more affordable/practical option? As of yet, I have not seen the framesets for these bikes and am wondering if/when they'll be available.
I'm a heavy rider (6'2" @ 260 lbs.) and would like an xl frame for better fit. Should my weight be a consideration for any of these bikes? Also, I test rode a Sugar 4+ and liked the geometry quite a bit, will there be significant differences in these bikes? I would also consider other manufacturers in this price range, although I've always had a preferance for Gary Fishers.
Any and all feedback will be appreciated.