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Old 11-10-04, 04:45 PM   #1
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What XC Bike for 2000

I'm on the look around for a Full Suspension XC Bike with Hydraulic Disks Brakes(Deffinetly not V-Brakes) and I don't want a Cannondale

There seem to be quite a few on offer from various companies, and being that this is my first proper XC Bike that I want to keep for a few years, I'd like to make sure I got value for money and not ending up sacrifcing 1 part for another and getting ripped just because 1 lbs has a different prefference to another lbs

Can anybody help me out?

As I say, I've got 2000. I'm looking at:
GT
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Alot of hard earned cash, so I don't want to make a bad choice as I know my girlfriend will be watching every single move and payment I make.

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Old 11-10-04, 07:36 PM   #2
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how much is 2000 in USD american dollars?
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Old 11-10-04, 10:19 PM   #3
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I'm on the look around for a Full Suspension XC Bike with Hydraulic Disks Brakes(Deffinetly not V-Brakes) and I don't want a Cannondale

There seem to be quite a few on offer from various companies, and being that this is my first proper XC Bike that I want to keep for a few years, I'd like to make sure I got value for money and not ending up sacrifcing 1 part for another and getting ripped just because 1 lbs has a different prefference to another lbs

Can anybody help me out?

As I say, I've got 2000. I'm looking at:
GT
Marin
Scott
Specialized

Alot of hard earned cash, so I don't want to make a bad choice as I know my girlfriend will be watching every single move and payment I make.

Thanks In advance
I dont know about bike prices in the UK, but that's a lot of money and shoudl get you a pretty nice bike. I'd recommand a Rocky Mountain Element Tsc or an Element 70 for that short of money. I find their 3D-linkage works very well on my instinct. There is barely any pedal induced bobing, and the bike handles like a dream. Besides that, a Specialized Epic should also be within reach if you look hard enough.

Make sure you go around and look for a bargain, dont pay MRSP because high end bikes are marked up almost 100%.

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3695.19 USD
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Old 11-10-04, 11:09 PM   #5
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Last I checked the enchange was a bit more......like 1to$1.79
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Old 11-11-04, 08:08 AM   #6
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Last I checked the enchange was a bit more......like 1to$1.79

Problem is, we pay more for our bikes in the UK, Due to shipping,Taxes and VAT so prices are not the same. For equivalent costings, think of a 2000 bike being $2000 in the U.S. Now, what can you lot the other side of the pond come up with?
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i say get a canondale but, you said you dont want to... i would personaly go out to delaers and try out each bike, see what you like... thats the best way to do it. its all about personal preference
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Problem is, we pay more for our bikes in the UK, Due to shipping,Taxes and VAT so prices are not the same. For equivalent costings, think of a 2000 bike being $2000 in the U.S. Now, what can you lot the other side of the pond come up with?
You should be able to get a 04 Rocky Mountain Element 70 for around $2000 if you look and haggle enough. I think the bike's MSRP is around $3000 US, but you'll be able to get it for much cheaper if you know where to look.

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I've noticed that shops tend to be more willing to haggle on the price of a $2500 bike than they are a $800 bike. I'm sure that's due to what's been said above, that they're marked up more so they have more room to fudge on the price. What about a Santa Cruz? Their FS bikes look pretty nice and I've not really heard anyone say anything bad about them. They don't have MSRP's on their site, I suppose because they mostly sell frames and let the LBS equip the bike with whatever components the customer wants.
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