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Old 08-26-07, 06:05 PM   #1
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New here, need help choosing my next bike.

Well Im getting back into mountain biking and really enjoying it so im gearing up to buy a new ride. The bike im on is to small for me and Im not very happy with the quality. So heres what Im looking for. I need the best, most versatile FS bike I can find. I do alot of trail riding during the week with some decent climbing and descents but I also want something I can take up the chair lift and make it down the hill on in one piece.(I like to go fast) Im about 6' 2" tall, 170 lbs. My budget is going to be between $2k and $2500. Let me know what everyone thinks. Any input or opinions would be much appreciated. Thanks, Matt
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Old 08-26-07, 06:08 PM   #2
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Oh, I also enjoy doing some freeriding from time to time so something that can take some drop offs would be nice too.
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Old 08-26-07, 07:24 PM   #3
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A Kona Coiler may be what your looking for.
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Old 08-26-07, 09:35 PM   #4
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haven't ridden it myself. But the Transition Preston FR has nice specs and got great reviews.
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Old 08-26-07, 09:42 PM   #5
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Cool guys. I like the Kona and the Transition. I was looking around online and thought about increasing the budget to build up one of these. http://www.ellsworthbikes.com/bikes/moment/default.aspx Any one have experience with Ellsworth?
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is that just for a frame? I can't find any component specs
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Yeah thats frame only. Looks pretty sick tho
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well it'll be out of your budget once you build it up with components that are worthy of the frame.
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well it'll be out of your budget once you build it up with components that are worthy of the frame.
Oh Im well aware of that. Would it be worth the extra money or would I be fine with an off the shelf bike? I dont think any of the Ellsworth's are complete bikes.
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Ellsworths are good, but nothing to write home about. Their design hasn't changed in over 10 years. Pro DH racer Shaums March was on the Ellsworth/ZZYZX team for a year and complained about the frame (Ellsworth Dare) in an interview after he had left the team and joined Schwinn.
Schwinn? Seriously? Their non-department store bikes must be decent...?
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Sunrise is the only mountain in my area that runs the lifts for bikes. Bout an hour and a half drive from where I am. Nice change of scenery tho. Higher elevation than the Phoenix valley so its up in the trees. Reminds me of home back in upstate NY
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Another suggestion to look into the Transition stuff. I'm digging my Covert a lot, and also know quite a few very happy Preston owners. Nothing super fancy about them, just good solid bikes, with (IMO) very good geometry.
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