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Old 06-16-06, 03:31 PM   #1
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a good problem to have!

I've decided to sell a car (the one i have for fun and never drive) and replace it straight-up with a new mtb bike. Budget is ~4500. yeah!
I'm leaning towards Turner Flux or Ellsworth Truth, looks like it's hard to go wrong. most of the trails here in N Texas are fairly mild but choppy, lots of rock gardens, but no huge "hits" or anything crazy. Lots of tight swoopy singletrack, and i think one of these do-it-all choices will be perfect.
Any other suggestions for a kickass, usa-made fs that can be built ~25lb? and yes, in this case i'm willin to pay some for snob appeal... this'll be my first (ever) top-of-the-line anything i've ever bought, and i plan to keep it a good long time.
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Old 06-16-06, 03:57 PM   #2
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You've just opened a big can of worms.

$4500, how to spend it, how to spend it ? Hmm
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Any idea where my vote is going to go????



Seriously though, I love mine. I wish I could tell you some negatives about it but I really can't think of any. It rides like a dream, climbs better than anything I have ever ridden and descends just as well.

The Flux may be just as nice but I'm not willing to spend the money to find out. Now if it was a 2005 Flux I wouldn't hesitate. I'm just not convinced about the TNT design for 2006. It may be the greatest thing out there, I just don't have any experience with it.

Now with that said. I would love to have a Turner Nitrous for my race bike. Unfortunately that thing is so light and delicate it is pretty much race only.
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Any idea where my vote is going to go????

Now with that said. I would love to have a Turner Nitrous for my race bike. Unfortunately that thing is so light and delicate it is pretty much race only.
Very nice ride! it's on my short list....

I have been dreaming of the Nitrous as well!! what a sweet ride! The suggested weight limit on that bike is 165# i believe. I'm at about 180#, but i like to think i "ride light"... always have, my fully-rigid days trained it into me in the interests of wheel preservation and pinch-flat avoidance. So i am seriously tempeted to go Nitrous - i could stand to loose a few poundage anyway!

I've been riding a 3# alum. "race" hardtail since '99 with no issues, pounding it over rocks for the last 7 years - i figure since i ride gently, then even a light "delicate" suspended bike, with a shock to take a lot of the stres, should definitly be OK. but i may be rationalizing....

i figure i could get the Nitrous, take care of it, and if i ended up destroying it....

well, then i'd know!
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Very nice ride! it's on my short list....

I have been dreaming of the Nitrous as well!! what a sweet ride! The suggested weight limit on that bike is 165# i believe. I'm at about 180#, but i like to think i "ride light"... always have, my fully-rigid days trained it into me in the interests of wheel preservation and pinch-flat avoidance. So i am seriously tempeted to go Nitrous - i could stand to loose a few poundage anyway!

I've been riding a 3# alum. "race" hardtail since '99 with no issues, pounding it over rocks for the last 7 years - i figure since i ride gently, then even a light "delicate" suspended bike, with a shock to take a lot of the stres, should definitly be OK. but i may be rationalizing....

i figure i could get the Nitrous, take care of it, and if i ended up destroying it....

well, then i'd know!
Thanks, I'm very happy with it. Raced it again yesterday and it performed flawlessly.

As for the Nitrous I wouldn't even consider it for a daily rider even if you do right "light". It just isn't designed for that purpose.
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Thanks, I'm very happy with it. Raced it again yesterday and it performed flawlessly.

As for the Nitrous I wouldn't even consider it for a daily rider even if you do right "light". It just isn't designed for that purpose.
rats, i was hoping for encouragement on the Nitrous.... Ah well, i'm sure you're right
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how about Titus? Racer X or Motolite.

mmmm......Horst link goodness.

Have you ruled out a custom TI Hardtail? If you are going to buy the bike of a lifetime, why not make sure it will last for 30 years?

Anyway, nice problem to have! Have fun.
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thanks for mentioning Titus, i'd never given them much thought but started doing some reading, and they look pretty convincing.
I thought of the Ti hardtail route but, after riding fs the last couple months, will never be going back to ht. The cheap fs bike i bought as an experiment is more fun than the fancy ht i've been on for years. plus, who knows what bikes will be like in 30 years... 2 wheel drive? all inernally geared? made out of reinforced paper-meche? i figure 5 to 10 years is about the reasonable lifetime.
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