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    Got $1600 to spend, which bike to pick?

    Such a hard choice, please help me picking which one!!


    Frame Trek ZR9000 aluminum Fork RockShox Reba SL w/Motion Control, 100mm-travel Rims/Wheels Bontrager Select Disc wheelset Hubs See Rims/Wheels Spokes See Rims/Wheels Tires Bontrager Jones ACX, 26 x 2.1 Crankset Shimano Deore LX Chainwheel 44/32/22 Front Derailleur Shimano Deore LX Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT Rear Cogs SRAM PG970, 9-speed: 11-34 Shifters Shimano Deore LX Dual-Control Handlebars Bontrager Race, 31.8mm Stem Bontrager Race Brake Levers Shimano Deore LX Brakes Shimano Deore LX, hydraulic-disc, 6-inch rotors Pedals Shimano 505, clipless Saddle Bontrager Race Seat Post Bontrager Race

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    FRAME M4 alloy hardtail, fully manipulated DT, TT, SS, CS, ST w/ Mono-stay seatstays, ORE DT/TT, disc mount, replaceable derailer hanger
    REAR SHOCK N/A
    FORK Fox F90 RL 90mm, air spring, rebound/compression adj w/ lock out, alloy steerer
    HEADSET 1 1/8" Threadless, alloy cups w/ 10mm insertion, sealed cartridge bearing
    STEM Specialized adjustable rise, OS 31.8, 3D forged w/CNC finish
    HANDLEBARS Specialized XC flat 31.8mm OS bar, 2014 butted alloy, 5 degree backsweep, 600mm width
    TAPE / GRIPS Specialized MTB, dual density
    FRONT BRAKE Avid Juicy 5, hydraulic disc, G2 Clean Sweep 160mm rotor
    REAR BRAKE Avid Juicy 5, hydraulic disc, G2 Clean Sweep 160mm rotor
    BRAKE LEVERS Avid Juicy 5
    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano M581 LX, 34.9mm clamp, bottom swing, dual pull
    REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM X-9, 9-speed, long cage
    SHIFT LEVERS SRAM X-7, aluminum trigger 9-speed
    CASSETTE / FREEWHEEL Shimano HG50, 9-speed, 11/34t
    CHAIN SRAM PC-951 w /Power Link
    CRANKSET Truvativ Stylo, 2pc crank/BB
    CHAINRINGS 22S/32A/44A 4mm thick outer, 4 bolt 104/64mm
    BOTTOM BRACKET Truvativ GXP, sealed outboard cartridge bearing
    PEDALS Shimano M-520 SPD
    RIMS DT custom for Specialized X430, 24mm w/eyelets, 32h
    FRONT HUB Specialized Stout disc, sealed cartridge bearing, high/low flange, 32h
    REAR HUB Shimano M-525 disc, 32h, alloy QR
    SPOKES DT Swiss 1.8mm stainless, alloy nipples
    FRONT TIRE Specialized Fast Trak Pro 26x2.0", 120TPI, aramid bead, dual compound
    REAR TIRE Specialized Fast Trak Pro 26x2.0", 120TPI, aramid bead, dual compound
    TUBES Specialized Ultralight 26x2.0", presta
    SADDLE Specialized BG Rival, hollow Cro-Mo rails
    SEAT POST 2014 butted alloy, black, 30.9 x 350/400mm
    SEAT BINDER 7050 hard annodized alloy collar w/ QR, 34.9mm clamp ID, black
    NOTES Protective clear coat, derailleur hanger, reflectors, owners manual

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    sarcasm meter: jerk mode santiago's Avatar
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    Did you test ride the bikes? How did they feel to you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago
    Did you test ride the bikes? How did they feel to you?
    Nope, N/A

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    well then we are going by looks? they both are very sexy creatures

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Leo
    well then we are going by looks? they both are very sexy creatures
    Components obviosuly play a deciding factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xkwox
    Components obviosuly play a deciding factor.
    No, first and foremost you have to determine what kind of riding you want to do. That will determine what type of bike you should get and what the contenders are.

    After you come up with a short list you go ride the bikes and see how they feel to you. The geometry will vary from one to the other.

    If you come up with a list of bikes that feel great to you and ride similar, then you start comparing components.

    Edit - getting confused with another thread but the rest of what I wrote above still stands.
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    Either way you choose you're going to end up with a really nice bike- for me i would go with the specialized, even though their is less travel on the forks- they're alittle nicer, i love the avid juicy brakes, and the SRAM x-9 derailler is great in performance and looks. Go with the specialized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Leo
    well then we are going by looks? they both are very sexy creatures
    i scream you scream we all* scream for specialized

    its an awesome frame m4, one of the best out there. imo. +a fox fork. always wanted one myself.

    but if, after testing them... the trek really screams your name... go for it!
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    There are many many many better bikes to be had for $1600.
    -Randy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovin
    There are many many many better bikes to be had for $1600.
    show me dawg

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    Quote Originally Posted by xkwox
    show me dawg

    How much do you weigh?

    $1600 will almost get you a SC Superlight, a handfull of different Konas, a Rocky Mountain Slayer 30 or sometimes even a 50..........or were you looking to stay with a hardtail?
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    250lbs

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    Stumpjumper! But, I'm quite partial to Specialized and Fox Forks...However,the Reba is not a bad fork...
    It'd be tough to pick without riding each bike. You would know right away after spending some time in the saddle...
    I like the Stylo cranks on the Stumpy...good budget set...

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    Get a 29er if you're a big'un.



    SRAM X.9 rear derailleur & shifters + Shimano XT front derailleur | Avid Juicy 5 hydraulic disc brakes | Bontrager Race GXP 44/32/22 crank | Shimano M505 clipless pedals | RockShox Reba Race Air 29 | etc.

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    For $1600 you can get this beaut.


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    I agree with others' comments here.

    What do you think about these priorities (in order): 1. Ride feel/frame quality 2. looks (interchangeable with #3 in some cases) 3. componentry (they all break and get replaced anyway)
    There will be exceptions and you'll have to rely on your knowledge or that of your sales professional, of course.

    More specifically, look into some other bikes out there! With 1600 to spend you've got a world of choices in the hardtail category. both of these bikes are sweet, but you may be able to find a good deal elsewhere.

    If I can find something that looks good, I'll repost for ya.

    Good luck and YES!!! you have a lot of options with that kind of loot to burn. Lucky dogg

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    my vote is for the stumpjumper. i just bought one- it is the nicest mountain bike i've ever ridden (except for my friend's $3000 ellsworth). it makes climbing super easy, and you can huck it like nothing over crap in your way. seriously, i am glad every time i look at my bike. you will not be disappointed. i can't speak for that particular trek, but the trek i used to ride, and the one i test rode both felt a little more generic than the specialized feels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcham16
    my vote is for the stumpjumper. i just bought one- it is the nicest mountain bike i've ever ridden (except for my friend's $3000 ellsworth). it makes climbing super easy, and you can huck it like nothing over crap in your way. seriously, i am glad every time i look at my bike. you will not be disappointed. i can't speak for that particular trek, but the trek i used to ride, and the one i test rode both felt a little more generic than the specialized feels.
    i am going to be going with specialized, is the 21.5 incher a good size for a 6ft tall man?

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    Sounds too big for your height. 19 would be better, but as others have said, test ride em all. LAst year I was in the market for about the same bike. I rode the Trek, several specialized Stumpjumpers in every size, a Gary Fisher, Scott and a Kona Kula deluxe ( the new ones are dowgraded component wise). For me the Kona felt the best for turning and having fun. The Specialised felt like a bike to race on. I fit the Kona best, but you could be completely different.. You really should insist on a test ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xkwox
    i am going to be going with specialized, is the 21.5 incher a good size for a 6ft tall man?
    i'd go with the 19. i'm 6'2" and the 19 fits me perfect. have fun, you are gonna love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcham16
    i'd go with the 19. i'm 6'2" and the 19 fits me perfect. have fun, you are gonna love it.
    i should have it within 2 months

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    Out of the two you posted, I'd go stumpy.

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    +1 for the TREK, I love my Fuel EX8 although I was looking into the hardtails.
    Fuel EX8(05') 2100 ZR(06') 7.5 FX(06')=Best $ I ever spent =~)
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