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Old 12-13-04, 11:25 PM   #1
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I couldn't find a (recent) topic directly addressing this;
There seems to be many 'freeride' hardtails out, and they are discussed fairly often, but why not have a topic for several of them to be discussed, possibly stickied...?
I or a member of the moderating staff can update the first post to include bikes suggested by people.

I'll start with a couple:
Price Ranges (See the $500 thread for less expensive bikes ):

> $500 & <= $700:
> $700 & <= $1000:
> $1000 & <= $2000:
Frame only:

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Old 12-13-04, 11:58 PM   #2
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I forgot to make it clear(er), please suggest some, I only put links to a few I could think of.

Actually, I'll update the main post with the Transition ToP, and I would do so with the Cove Stiffee FR if I knew the price for it...
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Since I assume you are doing cost of full bikes. Both of those fall into the above 1000$ and below 2000$ range. They CAN be made more expensive, butno real point.
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Awesome thread, Lets no forget the Giant STP and the Marin Rocky Ridge
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Trek has a hardatil freeride line called Bruiser
500 > Bruiser 1:http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Moun...er_1/index.php
700 > Bruiser 2: http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Moun...er_2/index.php
1000 < Bruiser 3 (full susser): http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Moun...er_3/index.php
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Consider it sticky.
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Thanks, kona.

I added the Trek Bruiser 1 & 2 (3 is a full-suspension.. looks pretty though), the Cove Stiffee, and the Marin Rocky Ridge.
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1000 - 2000

Yeti DJ
Evil DOC
Sinister Ridge/DNA
can some up with some more later.
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Old 12-14-04, 08:51 AM   #9
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Those four seem to be available only as frames, on the manufacturer's website.

Come on, discuss said bikes

I'm looking at one in the < 1000 category, I might go a bit over 1k if the bike is really great..
The Giant STP2 seems perfect for this - possibly with a chainguide system after I get the bike.
It doesn't have disc brakes, but the frame, fork and wheels do have mounts for them.
However, I seem to be hearing that V-brakes stop roughly as well, until I bend the wheel or get it really muddy. Is it worth another $175-ish for a set of Avid mech discs, or should I stick with V-brakes?
My current bike doesn't have them, and it's another upgrade issue - why upgrade if it's not a huge upgrade? Possibly the STP1, with discs and a better fork?
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We can create a frame only category.
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uh....well you can order from a website such as go-ride.com and have them build it in shop....and them ship it.
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this is gonna help alot of peaople, its helping me as of now...
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OOPS forgot the Azonic Steelhead..............how could I forget, that is a frame only deal and is about 2-250
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Old 12-14-04, 04:26 PM   #14
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Is the stealhead actually decent? I haven't ever found a pic for it.

Also, for the DOC, isn't that what konarider24 wanted at one point, then decided that he might go dually again? The frame's pretty cheap compared to the imperial and such. I like cheap and good.
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Also, I hear the stp's are really nice. I tried an stp2 and man that bike is one hell of a great buy. But the store was way too far away and I didn't want to drive about 35 minutes to my shop.
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Old 12-14-04, 04:40 PM   #16
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arent like the p.2 and p.3 specialized's considered freeride hts? or are they just djing
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I have a Norco Sasquatch and its a great bike. I have the 2003 model, but im sure the 2005 model is just as good, actually better (2005 has hydrolic disc). The only companies that i know alot about their freeride hardtails are Kona and Norco. I ride both companies alot and they both are really strong and take alot of abuse. I would suggest either a Norco or a Kona.
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Old 12-14-04, 04:52 PM   #18
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Why not Evil Imperial or 24cycles Le Toy
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Imperial is up there under frameset, and post the link to the 24 LeToy and I'll put it up there as well.
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Added a few, and alphabetized the frame-onlys.
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Cool, very helpful. Thanks MadMan.
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quick question.. would these be good to climb hills and do some XC riding? cuz i want to get into some freeriding too but be able to do some XC and climb some hills..
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I think the Cove Stiffee FR has more XC-like geometry (I'm not the most knowledgeable at that), but it has pretty strong components and frame, so if you can afford that, sure.

The Trek Bruiser 1 seems to be less of a 'freeride' bike the more I look at it, in fact the Specialized Hardrock line is probably more FR oriented... Should it stay on the list?
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Old 12-14-04, 11:46 PM   #24
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The frame is pretty tough, and yes, I guess Hardrock could be considered low end FR... But I can't claim durability for the other stock parts. They crap out on me... then again I am 6'2" @ 215# and that can be tough on bikes.

The frame, though seems FR-like. I am enjoying mine very much, thanks
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Is there that much difference between the Kona Scrap and the Kona Stuff?
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