Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Litchfield, NH
Bikes: '05 Specialized Enduro Expert & '06 Specialized FSR XC Pro
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Originally Posted by chelboed
Or you could look in to the Enduro Pro, Jamis Dakar XAM, Giant Reign X, SC Heckler, Trek Session or Remedy, Yeti 575
, Specialized Demo 9...it may weigh more but who really cares about 10-15 pounds anyway, right?
Or maybe just a Trek Pilot?
The Nomad is an excellent bike and compares very well to the others mentioned here. Especially the Yeti 575. I was in the same boat as you a few months ago wanting to get another AM rig to replace my Spec. Enduro Expert ('05 w/DHX Air 5.0). I tried to test ride as many bikes as I could and once I rode the Yeti, I was sold. I'd suggest that you do the same thing. Go ride as many bikes that fall in your category and get the one that YOU like best.
Here's what I found:
Giant Reign - awesome suspension, but BB height too low. Kept whacking pedals on everything
Spec Enduro Pro - basically a new version of what I have already but with new components. Awesome bike all around, but just heavier than I wanted. Almost an AM/FR bike. Great bike for rugged AM stuff.
Jamis Dakar XLT - good overall bike, but nothing jumped out at me so I kept looking
Yeti 575 - Just an awesome AM trail bike. Light for almost 6" of travel (28lbs). Good component spec (Enduro build kit). Awesome suspension - Climbs like a goat but with seemingly endless travel on the descents. No other bike handled both as well as the Yeti 575.
All I can say its....Good luck.