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Old 02-20-07, 04:26 PM   #1
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Recommend a second bike

Okay, last year I bought a Specialized P2. I love the bike to death. Riding around town enjoying myself I wouldn't want to be on another bike. My plan was to buy that bike last year and this year get another bike thats more for climbing in the foothills and just riding the trails down. I guess I could continue to ride my p2 and get into the best shape of my life, ha-ha. Actually my main problem is I can't keep up with friends when we are riding in the foothills and I dread the climbs on my p2.

What do you suggest, somewhere between $400-$600 new or used.
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Old 02-20-07, 06:58 PM   #2
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Rockhopper, Hardrock Sport Disc, Trek 4500, Giant Yukon, Kona Fire Mountain.

http://www.konaworld.com/bikes/2k7/F...AIN/index.html

http://giantbicycles.com/en-US/bikes/mountain/10/28076/

http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/prin...bikeid=1022600

http://specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=22091

http://specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=22177
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Old 02-20-07, 11:46 PM   #3
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Either that or get yourself a granny ring and an e.thirteen DRS, a front derailleur and maybe a longer seatpost. Then you can climb with it.

There's actually a P.All Mountain this year that's pretty much set up that way.
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Either that or get yourself a granny ring and an e.thirteen DRS, a front derailleur and maybe a longer seatpost. Then you can climb with it.

There's actually a P.All Mountain this year that's pretty much set up that way.

+1. Thats the set up I had on my kona scrap. I also had the pike which had lock out and travel adjust. Hell, it WAS a xc bike when I wanted it to be . That being said, I don't miss it at all. Do the cheap and effective solution. Worst case scenario, you are out a few bucks and can go and get the bike like you origonally planned.

One word of advice, if you get a dual ring guide, get a black spire stinger. I have owned a drs, and it still occasionaly droped the chain. The drs was $30, lighter, lower profile, and in 2 years on a downhill/freeride and a dirt jump bike, I have NEVER droped a chain. It was the best $30 I've ever spent in my life.
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no matter what you do to that P2, its not going to be a good climber as a well designed light XC bike....the geometry is not going to change....specially not for climbing....out of your pics..I like the Rockhopper and the Trek 4500.......but, in my opinion, the Trek 4500 would serve your purpose better. Rockhopper uses pretty large size tubing and they are not very quick for XC......
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you couldbuy this frame for about that price and swap your parts onto it and have a do it all bike
http://www.bansheebikes.com/pages/trail.htm
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