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Old 02-15-12, 06:39 PM   #1
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Looking for first 29er, general purpose bike under $2K

Been out of the MTB scene for a long time, looking to get back into it. With my size (6'2" 180lbs.) and riding style, looking for a 29er. Looking for a general use bike; trails, singletrack, some jumping, maybe some light duty DH, nothing super technical. Planning on HT to get more for my money. With that said, I think something with shorter chainstays and slacker head angle would suit me best. Tons of research at MTBR has given me even more options, looking for a little clarification

2011 Trek X-Caliber ($1250 on sale at LBS)
2011 Trek HiFi Plus ($1650 on sale at LBS)
2012 Scott Scale Elite ($1600 at LBS, maybe be able to work it down a little)
2012 Yeti Big Top ($1999 on sale at LBS)

So clearly, I'm perplexed. The HiFi is the only FS of the group, trying to decide if it's worth it. The Scott is the only bike I haven't ridden yet, but like the complete Shimano setup and consistency. The Yeti is by far the best group build, but I wonder if it's wise to spend that much on a HT.

A little help? I have some time until my tax refund gets here, so I'm trying to narrow this down.
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Old 02-16-12, 09:08 PM   #2
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There is alot of great bikes out there, but if your looking for a AM 29er hardtail I would check out the Canfield Yelli Screamy, Kona honzo or Banshee Paradox, just to name a few. There are some really nice 29er hardtails on the market in your budget, don't limit yourself to any one brand.
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I actually really like the look of the Yelli screamy, but as my first legit MTB, I'm looking for a complete, don't feel comfortable shopping for parts and building.
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I love Yetis, think they're awesome bikes, but if I had $2000 to spend and needed a single do-it-all bike for everything from general trail riding to light downhill, I'd go full-suspension. It won't be ideal for jumping, but let's face it, if that was your priority, you wouldn't be looking at a 29er.

Don't fear the SRAM. People will fight all day over what's better, Shimano or SRAM, but give the SRAM a try, at least on a test ride. You may just end up falling in love with the crispness.
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I don't build them either, just ride em. I am however lucky enough to have alot of dealers in my local area that carry a bunch of brands. Test ride them all and stick with a LBS. Enjoy the shopping!!!!!
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