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    So I've narrowed it down to the GT Sensor 9r FS 2013.
    There are 2 options available.
    One is from performance bike and is the Sensor Comp which prices out around $1199.
    The other is the Sensor Elite which prices out around $1440. Better shocks and slightly different/better(?) components on the elite.
    I've done as much research on the varying components as possible. To me, the better buy seems to be the elite. The guy at performance told me that the brakes on the comp were better than the brakes on the elite (Shimano BR-m395 on the comp vs avid elixir 1's on the elite) but I don't know much about that. I have the shimano brakes on the HT and I think they stop pretty darn well.
    I'm strongly considering selling the hardtail to put the cash towards the new bike. At a $240 price difference, is the elite the better purchase?
    Thoughts?

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    I stick mostly to road and TT bikes but want to buy a fat bike for the fun of it. What is a good entry level bike that I can get? The Specialized Fatboy is $2,000. Is there anything cheaper?

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    I am looking for something light, nimble, good climber. I ride mixed roads, trails, fire roads, old logging roads in the mountain. I am small and light and am not going to be doing any serious stump jumping. A cyclocross bike might be adequate except that most of them seem to be geared for racing and not for the kind of hills/mountains where I ride (17% plus slopes). Any suggestions?
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    I'm looking at a specialized fsr xc from 2008. The owner says it's been well maintained and is asking $700 OBO. Any thoughts on this bike? Is that a fair price?

    It has 4" travel front and rear and v brakes, not disc. Solid deore level stuff for the most part. Any feedback appreciated.

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    FSR XC is an excellent bike; and 2008 is late-model enough to where upgrading is realistic. Frame has disc tabs and the hubs should be disc, so going to disc should be no problem, if you want to go the route. $700 is a bit too high but if you can get it for maybe 5-600, it will serve you well for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    FSR XC is an excellent bike; and 2008 is late-model enough to where upgrading is realistic. Frame has disc tabs and the hubs should be disc, so going to disc should be no problem, if you want to go the route. $700 is a bit too high but if you can get it for maybe 5-600, it will serve you well for a long time.
    Thank you sir.

    I actually checked again and it's actually a 2009. It's got 4.8" of travel, instead of 4" so even better. I think I will offer $500 or $550 and negotiate from there, based upon condition and whether I actually like the bike or not based on a quick test ride.

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    Specialized Camber 29 vs. Kona Precept (27.5) vs. Giant Trance 29 - all pretty much in my $2K price range. I've tested them all, they all feel good. I am not used to sitting a little farther back as my old rig has me closer up to the front but I suppose that is the geometry these days. The drop seat on the Trance may take a little getting used to.

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    Hi all . I'm new to the site and this is my first post.
    Im looking to get a hard tail to get around the local streets and mess about a bit on the dirt keeping up with my sons who have a bmx and an mtb.
    Im on a tight budget so am looking to buy second hand. I'm also a newbie to this game.

    locally I have tracked down 2011 Marin b17 that's hardly been used . I can get it for nZ$400.
    also I have found a 2008 nail trail for nz$450. It has been lightly used and appears to have been well maintained.
    So which would you go for? The older model Nail trail or slightly more modern B17
    i know the nail was a more expensive and more vaunted bike in its day but has technology moved on enough to make the B17 a better bet?

    I would need to change out the pedals on the nail trail (current pedals take cleats) whereas the B17 is ready to go.
    Test rode the b17 today and it was pretty smooth. The nail trail is a 45 minute drive , worth checking out or save my gas and go with the B17? Am I barking up the wrong tree and should be looking for something else?
    thanks in advance

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    Should I get this?
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    Just for casual use, I won't be doing any hardcore mountain biking.

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    Is this bike still relevant to hitting the single track? I'm in the market to purchase a good xc/commuter 29er, but still want something designated for trails... worth snagging this dawg??

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    Im not even sure if these bikes are mountain or hybrids but they say mountain in the ad. Im looking for something that can handle the dirt roads around my house. If anyone has some suggesting what would be good for that I would appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerkid87 View Post
    Im not even sure if these bikes are mountain or hybrids but they say mountain in the ad. Im looking for something that can handle the dirt roads around my house. If anyone has some suggesting what would be good for that I would appreciate it.

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    First GT is waaaaay overpriced for that old of a bike. It's $50 yard sale material. Second GT is more in line and would make a fine bike for your needs.

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    I don't know which brakes are the ones I need, I would like to know so i don't buy some generic POC and find that they were not worth the money. If they can be found cheap that is awesome... but I also could use some BRAKE EDUCATION. Thanks, ohh BTW, i have a fixie but the search thing led me here, so does it matter for road bikes?

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    I just purchased a KHS xc 104 2010 a few days ago for $250 on CL. What should I buy to upgrade and change ?



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    Quote Originally Posted by scyclops View Post
    You forgot to mention (or perhaps you didn't) the ubiquitous, and always fun question: should I get a 29er?

    BTW, the FAQ sticky probably needs to be modified, this excerpt for instance:
    "Go to your LBS (Local Bike Shop) see what they have and test ride. Find two or three that you really like and feel good then come back for our opinions."

    Let me update this for you: " You forgot to mention (or perhaps you didn't) the ubiquitous, and always fun question: should I replace my 29er with 27 and one-half?"

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    Specialized Rockhopper with aluminum frame - Does anyone have any warnings, comments, recommendations, etc.? There's a used one for sale near me, and I'd like to research it, but I'm not finding anything. I don't know the year or model of one that's for sale, but any general comments you may have about Specialized aluminum frames no matter the vintage would be helpful. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GymLifter View Post
    Specialized Rockhopper with aluminum frame - Does anyone have any warnings, comments, recommendations, etc.? There's a used one for sale near me, and I'd like to research it, but I'm not finding anything. I don't know the year or model of one that's for sale, but any general comments you may have about Specialized aluminum frames no matter the vintage would be helpful. Thanks!
    I have Bodybuilding.com open in another tab, and did a double-take with your username. Like uhh...which site am I reading right now?

    Rockhopper is a solid bike, and aluminum frames are fine. If you can post pictures, we might be able to figure out what year and model it is, and what a fair price is for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GymLifter View Post
    Specialized Rockhopper with aluminum frame - Does anyone have any warnings, comments, recommendations, etc.? There's a used one for sale near me, and I'd like to research it, but I'm not finding anything. I don't know the year or model of one that's for sale, but any general comments you may have about Specialized aluminum frames no matter the vintage would be helpful. Thanks!
    With aluminum, you must check the entire frame for stress cracks. Rock hopper is mid level bike for specialized. If you post a link, we could help out some more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
    I have Bodybuilding.com open in another tab, and did a double-take with your username. Like uhh...which site am I reading right now?
    I'm grinning over this one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GymLifter View Post
    I'm grinning over this one!
    You 'mirin that Rockhopper?

    In all seriousness, that's an '04 Rockhopper, base level. Retailed for $440 in '04. Overpriced now. Solid bike that'll treat you well, but unless you can get the price down, I wouldn't pay that for it. And hopefully you're tall...that's a big bike.
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    Much appreciated! I was hoping to find exactly what you sent. Super helpful.

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    What about my KHS xc104 that I recently got? =(

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadaiwai View Post
    What about my KHS xc104 that I recently got? =(
    so, its hard to say what you should change without knowing what it needs.

    the best I can tell its an 07/08? 2008 KHS XC104 - BikePedia

    It appears to be in immaculate shape but...

    First off, I can only assume that you're not overflowing with extra cash, hence the craigslist purchase over new. the 07 has alivio components, these are very "upgradeable" but if they're working well now then I would hold off. Id look at the consumables first.

    Depending on how hard its been ridden you may want to check the chain for stretching and replace if worn. If the chain is bad then you'll want to evaluate your cassette and replace that as well if worn.

    Brake pads could be spent.

    Tires?

    cables and housings

    check your rear shock for slop, forks too.

    saddles are very personal, you may need something different if this one doesnt agree w/your butt.

    If you dont ride clipless, you should.

    So Id say you did pretty well on cl but if you want to spend more the opportunities are right there for ya.

    Id suggest riding it as is for now, stash away a little cash, and as things fail replace them then.
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