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    Ramy
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    Down to 5 bikes. Input appreciated

    I decided to go with a new bike and I found a LBS that has some good scales on these bikes..


    $950
    Scott Scale 60
    Spec Name Scott Scale 60
    Frame Hydroformed double-butted 7005 aluminum
    Fork RockShox Tora 318, 80mm-travel w/Motion Control
    Rims/Wheels Alex DM-18
    Hubs Front: Scott Disc Comp; Rear: Shimano 475 disc
    Spokes DT Swiss Champion
    Tires Scott OXYD 26 x 2.0
    Crankset Shimano M460
    Chainwheel 44/32/22
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Rear Cogs Shimano Deore, 9-speed: 11-32
    Shifters Shimano Deore Dual Control
    Handlebars Scott X-Rod
    Stem Scott Comp
    Brake Levers Shimano Deore
    Brakes Avid Single Digit 3
    Pedals Shimano M505 clipless
    Saddle Scott Racing
    Seat Post Scott Team

    $830
    Trek 6500
    Frame Alpha SLR aluminum
    Fork Manitou Axel Elite w/TPC lockout, 80mm-travel
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager Ranger aluminum
    Hubs Shimano M535 Disc
    Tires Bontrager Jones ACX, 26 x 2.2
    Crankset Shimano M440
    Chainwheel 42/32/22
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Rear Cogs SRAM PG950, 9-speed: 11-34
    Shifters Shimano Deore
    Handlebars Bontrager Select, 25mm-rise, 31.8mm
    Stem Bontrager Select, 7-degree
    Brakes Shimano Deore, hydraulic disc, 6-inch rotors
    Pedals Aluminum platform
    Saddle Bontrager Select
    Seat Post Bontrager Select

    $840
    Gary Fisher GED
    Frame Bigg'ns 6061-aluminum
    Fork Marzocchi Drop Off, 130mm-travel
    Rims/Wheels Sun Rhyno Lite
    Hubs Shimano M525
    Spokes 14g stainless-steel
    Tires Bontrager Big Earl K, 26 x 2.5
    Crankset Bontrager Earl
    Chainwheel 32/22 w/bash guard
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
    Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 9-speed: 11-34
    Shifters Shimano Deore
    Handlebars Bontrager Big Earl
    Stem Bontrager Big Earl
    Brake Levers Hayes
    Brakes Hayes HFX-9 hydraulic-disc
    Pedals Aluminum BMX
    Saddle Bontrager Earl K
    Seat Post Bontrager Select

    $655
    Gary Fisher Tassajara Disc
    Frame Gold Series Aluminum, Genesis Geometry
    Fork Manitou Axel Platinum, 100mm-travel
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager Ranger
    Hubs Shimano M525
    Spokes 14-gauge stainless-steel
    Tires Bontrager Jones XR, 26 x 2.2
    Crankset Bontrager Select
    Chainwheel 44/32/22
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
    Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 9-speed: 11-34
    Shifters Shimano Deore
    Handlebars Bontrager Crowbar Sport
    Tape/Grips Bontrager Race FIT
    Stem Bontrager Sport, 10-degree-rise
    Brake Levers Hayes Sole XC hydraulic-disc
    Brakes Hayes Sole XC hydraulic-disc
    Pedals Shimano M505 clipless
    Saddle Bontrager Select FIT
    Seat Post Bontrager Sport

    $800
    Gary Fisher Montrare
    Frame Platinum-Series ZR9000 Aluminum
    Fork Manitou South, 75mm-travel w/lockout
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager Superstock Disc 29
    Hubs See Rims/Wheels
    Spokes See Rims/Wheels
    Tires IRC Mythos XC Slick, 700 x 42c
    Crankset Bontrager Select
    Chainwheel 48/36/26
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Rear Cogs SRAM 950, 9-speed: 11-34
    Shifters Shimano Deore LX
    Handlebars Bontrager Cruiser Flat
    Tape/Grips Bontrager Race Lite
    Stem Bontrager Select
    Brake Levers Avid FR5
    Brakes Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc
    Pedals Shimano M505 clipless
    Saddle Bontrager Race Luxe
    Seat Post Bontrager Select
    There are a few others I'm looking at, but those are the main 4.. The site I found them on is
    http://www.ddbiciyclesandfitness.com



    Thanks a lot..

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    Kind of odd to see the Gary fisher GED in there. THey are all xc bikes except the GEd which is more of a dj bike.


    From a strictly bang for the buck point of veiw, the "Tassajara Disc" is pretty much on par with all the others component wise that are more expensive. I'd go that route for best value. But, having said that, whatever fits best is the best choice overall.
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    This is a strange grouping. The Montaire doesn't really fit with the Scale, Tass, or 6500. What kind of riding are you generally interested in? For a good value on an all around XC bike, I second the Tass. Have you test ridden any of these? If not, that's where I'd start.
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    The Trek, the Tass and the Scott are among the ones I'm really looking at. I was thinking the same thing. I'm leaning toward the Tass cause of the price. Mainly because the Trek and Tass have disc brakes. I'm not sure whether the Trek or Tass have the new control arm shifters. I know the Scott does... I like the Scott because it has the dual control arm shifters (integrated with the brake levers) and it also has disc brakes. I'm going to look at them today or tomorrow and see what other features it's got. But my main concern is the frame and the fork on the tess. Are they good..

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmorsy
    The Trek, the Tass and the Scott are among the ones I'm really looking at. I was thinking the same thing. I'm leaning toward the Tass cause of the price. Mainly because the Trek and Tass have disc brakes. I'm not sure whether the Trek or Tass have the new control arm shifters. I know the Scott does... I like the Scott because it has the dual control arm shifters (integrated with the brake levers) and it also has disc brakes. I'm going to look at them today or tomorrow and see what other features it's got. But my main concern is the frame and the fork on the tess. Are they good..
    The frame is good... the fork... not so much.

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    If you price is not a problem, Scott is the best out of the 5. That's just my opinion. Cuz sooner or later you'll find Manitou Axel to be crap and changing the fork will cost at least $200 or so (new).

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    the gary fisher ged sounds good

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    I would go with the Scott, or a Trek 6700 -- not the 6500. The Fisher is well spec'd aside from the Manitou fork, which will work alright but I wouldn't bank on it working a year or two later. It's going to be noticeably for flexible than the Tora; I also wouldn't bank on being able to get any sort of parts for it.

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