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    ~4 inches of travel, ~2000-2500 bucks?

    What should I be looking at here? I'm thinking the stumpy FSR comp or the fuel ex 8, what else?

    I don't race, I'm ~185 pounds, been riding a rigid steel single speed for the past year and a half, and I'm looking for full suspension since I've been doing some harder trails, but I don't think I need a ton of travel since I'm kind of a wuss when it comes to hard core drops and stuff.

    I've ridden both of the bikes above, but not back to back. I've got friends that work at a shop that sells Specialized, Trek, Gary Fisher and Cannondale. should I look at the rush? what about the 29ers? I'd be buying a large or extra large, maybe a 29er would be a good thing?

    I'm open to other suggestions as well. just no crazy huge free ride bikes or bikes over 2500 bucks. feel free to try to convince me to get a hardtail, I'd like to hear some opinions.

    Also, if this thread is a rehash of something else, you may be a smartass and provide a link to the thread where they discuss this topic.

    thanks guys (and gals)

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    Senior nonmember Temeraroius's Avatar
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    I ride a rush and used to have an FSR XC. The geometry on the Rush feels a little long for me but I've fixed it up a little by adding a shorter stem. I really love the rush and the suspension feels extremely plush. I would give it a test if I were you.

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    This is my 2004 S-works Enduro fsr, it has about 5 inches (130mm) of travel in the rear. The frame itself weighs about 7 pounds with the shock. Its a great climber and great for XC but can also take the abuse of moderate downhill and drops. You could definitely build up frame like this for under 2500. Specialized makes a bunch of similar models to this also.

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    Rat Bastard mcoomer's Avatar
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    The Rush would be a good choice, or you could look at a Prophet for a bit more travel and BB clearance.
    It's better to burn out than fade away...or slip out of your pedal and face plant on the side of the road!!!

    '06 Cannondale Prophet
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