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    Which full suspension bike?

    I am in the market for a full suspension bike. I have been riding xc hardtails for years now, and am now looking into getting a full suspension bike. I am interested in an "all mountain bike," so i can get into doing bigger drops without snapping my frame, like in the past. I am not interested in a downhill bike because i live in florida, and there is not much downhill. The Jamis "all mountain bike" series seems to be a pretty good product for its price. Any other ideas? I am hoping to keep it under $2000.00. Thanks

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    transition preston FR..... buy it ride it love it..... I have a transition dirtbag and love it to death... never had probs with the bike, components, or company, the owners are the greatest to deal with.... forget sh!tmano and trek (cant think of a funny/mean name for trek)

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    I ride my Jamis XLT. I like my Jamis XLT. I would suggest getting a Jamis XLT. Then you would like your Jamis XLT.


    Seriously...I have been pretty happy with it. Mine's 32lbs with coil suspension and fatty rims and tires. You can climb decently on it, but it descends with alot of stability. I think it's pretty comfortable.

    I was mulling around the idea of a Transition Preston, but it is designed around a 6" travel fork. I called Transition and they said that they don't suggest a 5" fork. So the Preston would end up around 34-35lbs which is great for the Galbraith mountain area where Transition Bikes is situated, but for my local Kansas singletrack...my 32lb XLT is sometimes a little overkill. I couldn't imagine trying to crank up and down these little hills all day on a Preston. If there were a 45minute downhill to reward my efforts at the end, I'd consider it. Now the Covert looks sweeeeeet for the less gravity oriented trail.

    The XLT is going to be phased out in 2008. The XAM is taking its place. There is a new Jamis Parker that appears to be a beefed up version of the XLT and intended for park riding. There's also a new BAM freeride bike that's replacing the Diablo...I want one!!!

    But for the "all mountain" riding that you're hinting at, the XAM or a closeout XLT would fill the bill.
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    Norco Fluid 3 and 4. 3 = $1585 US, 4 = $1365 US
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    Santa Cruz Heckler, or if you're looking for something beefier, Santa Cruz Bullit. I swear by this brand.


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    I swear at this brand too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakehunter View Post
    transition preston FR..... buy it ride it love it..... I have a transition dirtbag and love it to death... never had probs with the bike, components, or company, the owners are the greatest to deal with.... forget sh!tmano and trek (cant think of a funny/mean name for trek)

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    They've just upped the prices on the transition website. The cheapest fork with the cheapest component spec on the preston would be at least 3000

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    Cannondale Rush 6.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    I swear at this brand too.
    .....as do I.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    .....as do I.
    I'll bet you do!

    I must admit that my son does not cuss his Bullit nearly as much as he did his old DB XTS Moto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    I'll bet you do!

    I must admit that my son does not cuss his Bullit nearly as much as he did his old DB XTS Moto.

    I need to blame something for my lack of skill.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Specialized Stuumpjumper Expert, used you could pick one up for under $2000.

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    My good buddy just picked up a very lightly used S-Works Stumpy for 2 grand, lucky *******.

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    wait, all mountain XC or all mountain freeride?
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    Scott Genius MC, if available in the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norco_rider77 View Post
    wait, all mountain XC or all mountain freeride?
    Hahahaha!

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