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Old 05-08-03, 07:39 AM   #1
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I need a new bike. version 45

Tooking into moving up to a f/s from a ht. Do mostly XC riding. Want to stay below $2000 but if I find a excellent bike for more I would be willing to wait a little longer so I could save up the extra money. Rode a Specialized Enduro and didn't like it so I plan to stay away from specialized. My LBS suggested Santa Cruz Superlight, Trek Fuel and GF sugar. Are there any other bikes I should look into?
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Old 05-08-03, 09:52 AM   #2
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Giant NRS is one of the better xc bikes out there. I am also a fan of Kona so Kona Kikapu and Kona King Kahuna also ride very nice.
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Old 05-08-03, 11:29 AM   #3
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You might take a look at the Specialized Epic. It's new this year, right around $2000. The reviews have been great so far (of course, you seldom see a negative review, anymore).
People have also had great things to say about Intense bicycles. A2psyklnut could probably tell you which one(s).
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Old 05-08-03, 01:56 PM   #4
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I've pretty much decided on an NRS for myself. Specialized is another popular brand here. Not sure about the $2,000 price tag on the Epic, though. I thought they were a bit more than that....

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You CAN get an Epic for under two grand, but barely!

As far as a Santa Cruz, check their website, likewise you can get one for you budget, but barely!

Intense? Yep. $2000, will buy you a frame! Maybe a seatpost and a bottom bracket, maybe even a headset!

However, there are sooooooo many other bikes to choose from. The Santa Cruz are more Custom/Production, the Epic is production, but in it's first year and I'd wait till year 3 to give them time to work out the kinks. (if any).

You stated you rode the Enduro. Did you ride the FSR XC?

Also, check out a Yeti Kokopelli. With discs, you can get one for under $2000.

The Giant's are nice. I'm not a big fan of Gary Fisher's, but I'm not a XC racer. They're well known and liked in the Race Scene. Trek's design is similar yet slightly different. Same philosophy different design!

What else? Too many to think about!

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I checked the Yeti webpage and the closest dealer is like 2 hours away. Going to go out to a few shops and ride some bikes and see what I like. I also want to try the Kona Kikapu Deluxe.

it was a 2002 Enduro Expert. i thought that it rode like a tank.
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Giant VT1 or VT2. Great bikes
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