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    $1200 build, Hardtail or FS?

    I'm just about to dive into a Winter mountain bike build and wanted to get some input from some forum member that have a lot more MB riding experience then me. I plan on using the bike for mostly XC and dirt trails that double as snowmobile trails in the winter here in Northern Minnesota. Not planning to ride any place too radical.
    That said as the title states I'm trying to decide on a hardtail or FS frame. I want to keep the cost a round $1200.00 and all ready have a set disc wheels, cassette and new tires so thats out of the way. I'd like to keep the frame cost at a round $350.00 and have looked at new KHS XC 504 and AM1000 FS frames and new Giant XTC hardtail frames on ebay.

    My main concern on building a FS (I've never ridden one out of a bike shop parking lot) would be how the rear suspension reacts to my 6'2" 220 lb. body weight. I don't want to have spend a extra $400.00 on a top of the line rear shock to counter act my body weight. I've ridden a Airborne Liberator hardtail for a couple years and don't have anything against a hardtail but just want to make the best choice for a frame. One more thing, bike weight is not a major concern. I don't need a 24 lb bike for the kind of riding I do. Any advice would be helpful, Thanks in advance!!!

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    If you are only wanting to spend $350 on a frame then I wouldn't consider anything but a hardtail. Only exception would be if you found a killer deal on a used dually frame.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    I'm with LowCel. Also, you're probably better off finding a bike that's already built up from your local bike shop or a complete used bike. $1,200 is a pretty good budget, but when you're buying piece by piece, it will go very quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curtis_Elwood
    I'm with LowCel. Also, you're probably better off finding a bike that's already built up from your local bike shop or a complete used bike. $1,200 is a pretty good budget, but when you're buying piece by piece, it will go very quickly.
    I have not ruled out your idea as purchasing a used bike with components in good shape and putting them on a new frame. I agree that a nice bike can be purchased for $800.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel
    Only exception would be if you found a killer deal on a used dually frame.
    deals can be found, but its too bad these deals are for walk in sales only, cause i would be all over some of these...

    http://wheelworld.com/itemdetails.cf...gId=39&id=2709

    http://wheelworld.com/itemdetails.cf...gId=39&id=4214

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    Quote Originally Posted by free_pizza
    deals can be found, but its too bad these deals are for walk in sales only, cause i would be all over some of these...

    http://wheelworld.com/itemdetails.cf...gId=39&id=2709

    http://wheelworld.com/itemdetails.cf...gId=39&id=4214
    Holy Crap!!! Who do we know in Calf.?

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    that Kona doesn't look like it is walk-in only. Sweet deal.

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    +1 to threads above, and if you can find a used FS, I'd say got for it, I found my used C-dale for $600 and it has a bunch of upgrades!
    Why is going slower harder?

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    My main concern with a FS bike would be your weight. Are you going to be aggressive with a few drops to contend with? I have a friend who is 180 and he does ride an FS without any problems but then is a smooth rider aswell.

    Mind you That Kona is one sweet bike and at the price of the frame- I would have no hesitation is recommeding it for you. Just set the rear suspension to be firm enough and build it up with carefull selection of wheels and Forks.
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    there is this fs frame but i dont know if it is any good
    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/149...-SPV-4-Way.htm
    btw where about Minnesota do you live?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taylor p
    there is this fs frame but i dont know if it is any good
    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/149...-SPV-4-Way.htm
    btw where about Minnesota do you live?
    Nisswa, I'll PM you.

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    Anyone have any thoughts on the new Giant XTC hardtail frames that are readily available on ebay for $300.00?

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