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Old 04-10-06, 03:10 PM   #1
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Best full suspension mtb for around $1500 or less?

I want to get into mountain biking. I read that the Trek Fuels are pretty good. Any others?
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for strictly XC riding?
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for strictly XC riding?
Yes, if thats just riding trails, but I do want the rear suspensions if I need it. Maybe something that I can lock out?

No extreme bone breaking stuff- I'm 45 years old!
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lockout is hard to find at 1500

kona kikapu deluxe, trek fuel ex 6, raleigh phase 1, etc etc
none have lockout tho
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I just got the Iron Horse Warrior Elite. It is a 2005 model. originally $1500, on sale for less on the net and at bike shops. I got mine for $999. Full suspension, disc brakes, egg beater pedals, I think it was a great buy.
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Old 04-11-06, 02:57 AM   #6
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Cannondale Prophet 600

I think retail is $1600 but you will be hard pressed to find 5.5 inches of travel front & rear at this price anywhere else. Best advice is to ride before you buy.
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I have been pretty happy with my Trek Fuel 70 that I got last summer. My biggest complaint is the front caliper mount will not stay in place.

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ironhorse hollowpoint mz iii.... i was considering buying that one too, its aorund 1500....

but i went kona instead. and i LOVE MY KONA. honestly tho. u'll prob fall in love with watever piece of work u buy.
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I got a Fuel EX7 for under $1500 from my LBS in August. If you're patient, wait for the end of the year and the sales that pop up then.
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Look at the fsr xc comps from specialized. Or even the stumpy fsrs, I think all of them have lockout front and back not sure though I know the higher end ones do.
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I have a Gary Fisher Cake 3 on layaway. It looks to be a decent FS trailbike for about $1500.00. There are deals to be had if you're patient.
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What kind of trails are you going to be riding? You can get a killer hardtail for that price. Maybe you don't need a full suspension?
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+1 for the Gary.
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I just got the Iron Horse Warrior Elite. It is a 2005 model. originally $1500, on sale for less on the net and at bike shops. I got mine for $999. Full suspension, disc brakes, egg beater pedals, I think it was a great buy.
Is that the model with the "flipper" shifters?
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A lot of the full suspension bikes seem to be going toward 'free riding'. Which is doing lots of large drop off's, jump's etc. These bikes usually have 5"+ travel. XC bikes usually have 4" travel. Generally speaking, XC bikes are lighters and are more agile than thier longer travel brothers.

As for lock out suspensions, many of the better designs actually climb better on rough terrain when they are active.

Your riding style sounds more XC oriented, but the longer travel bikes will be more comfortable. I know of several folks that have back problems that like the longer travel bikes for that reason alone.

I ride a hardtail but been reading up a lot on full suspension bikes and the two I'm liking most are the Iron Horse DW-Link bikes and the Specialized FSR.
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Giant Trance has had some great reviews....
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Giant Trance has had some great reviews....
yea i was going to say the trance. it is a solid bike.
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Is that the model with the "flipper" shifters?
yes, I have been doing a bit of riding with it and I am pretty happy with it. At 35 yrs old, I can appreciate the suspension more than when I was 20.
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Not to beat a dead horse, but:

XC - up to 3.5 inches...Giant Anthem, Fisher Supercaliber, Specialized Epic (closer to 4"), Trek Fuel

All Mountain - 4-6 inches...Giant Trance, Specialized Stumpy FSR, Fisher Cake, Trek Fuel EX

Heavy duty Trail bikes - 5-7 inches...Giant Reign, Specialized Enduro, Fisher Fat Possum, Trek Remedy

90 percent of the people out there end up doing best with the "All Mountian" group b/c they climb like goats and descend like goats with a shock up their butt.

The Heavy duty trail bikes are more prone to wearing you out, and the XC group seems a bit rough for the "long haul".

I know that there are a slew of you out there who will say that you can pedal your freeride bike up a brick wall and other who say they could have done the Redbull Rampage on their 80mm travel hot rod, but for the most part, the groups above are pretty accurate.

Please elaborate if I'm wrong or leaving something out.
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I'm fairly new to this board, but what out the Fuji Diamond Comp? I just saw the '05 for around 700$ (seems to go for just over 1k$ normally). Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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