I need your help on deciding on a Full Suspension XC/race/trail bike
I am a 150 pound leg shaving, road racer (Cannondale six13 with Campy Record, custom DT wheels).
I want to get into mountain biking, and more specifically into XC and 12-24 hour marathon races. I am looking for a bike that is full suspension (around 100-130 mm of travel) and it has to be light enough to race XC, but also durable enough to take it off 2-3 foot drops when I’m trail riding.
What I want:
-100-130 mm of travel
-XC race able (comfortable for 12 hour marathons)
-Trail ride capable (2-3 foot drops)
-Weighs less then 28 pounds stock (will upgrade later)
-Less then 2,500 dollars
So far, I have looked at:
*Trek Fuel EX 8
*Santa Cruz Superlight R XC
*Yeti ASR alloy
My budget is 1,800-2,300 dollars. I am only interested in aluminum frame bikes, I would prefer SRAM over Shimano, and Fox over Rock Shox.
I had looked at the Cannondale Scalpel and felt it was too XC oriented, and not tough enough for hard trail riding, I also looked at the C’dale Rush, but none of their packages were eye catching (too bad they no longer make the Rush 04 option).
Out of these bikes, does anyone have any experience with them? Good, bad, indifferent?
Are there any other bikes I should be looking at in my criteria?
Thanks a lot!