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    Advice on New MTB

    I mainly do road biking, but I'm thinking of getting a new mountain bike so I can bike regularly with some friends. They trail ride and I'd like to join them.

    I have an old Trek 820 (I think it's a 1999 aluminum model) which I used with a hybrid set-up (i.e., with slick tires). It's still a nice set-up, with an added front shock and upgraded components. The problem is that the crankset is really too small for harder trails, so it would need to be replaced. Also, I have a lower back problem and think I would benefit from having full suspension. I'm reluctant to give up my Trek because it fits me so well (I'm a 5'3" woman), but I think it is probably time.

    So does anyone have advice as to what would be a good mountain bike for occasional use? I realize that full suspension MTBs are a lot more expensive, but I don't mind spending for the right bike (it's worth the money if it prevents further back injury). However, if people are aware of less-expensive hardtails that might be more comfortable (or can be modified to reduce stress on the back), I'm all ears. Right now, I would budget about $1,500 for the bike.

    I should add that I have a pretty good relationship with my LBS, which is a Specialized dealer. I was thinking of the FSRxc, possibly the Comp if I can get a good price. (One of the benefits of buying the bike there is that I will get free lifetime service. I routiney take advantage of that with my road bike.)

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    If you already have a good relationship with a Spec dealer I think an FSRxc would be an excellent choice. I know that they are good frames that are spec'd to meet a lower price point than a Stumpy so it should suit your needs very well. And, if you do have a lower back problem a fully suspended bike is really the only way to go. It only takes so many tree roots and rocks rattling your teeth before you back would pack it in.
    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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    '09 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL2

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