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    Specialized, Felt or an Explosif

    So I realize that I should in theory "search function" this, but I feel that I am special. Or atleast I have an interesting position.

    So I work at a LBS and we carry Felt and Specialized mountain bikes. I am currently a very dedicated roadie, regardless, my coach (Rides everything under the sun) suggests that I start doing mountain for a little change of pace. He has suggested a 29er and front suspension but he has left me with the impression that if he was going to start mountain biking again he would go with full suspension.

    So on that note: I am willing to spend a decent amount of money for a good "bang for buck" mountain bike and would like to stick with Specialized or Felt.

    The other option is that a frequent LBS customer and friend is trying to sell his Kona Explosif SS mountain bike (For 500$). I took it for a quick spin around the block and I have to say I loved it. But that love is probably because it is particularly light which certainly is something I have grown accustomed to after riding road and I know that any bike with an "actual drivetrain" will lack (lightness that is).

    So, any suggestions?

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    i'm a huge felt fanboy but when i bought a mountain bike they didnt offer anything that fit the type of riding i will do. light road bikes are great, but light mountain bikes are a little different. the back end will be jarred around when you hit rocks and roots, a heavier bike will help the rear feel like it's more planted. i cant offer any insight to full suspension or hardtail debate because i have no idea what your terrain is like where you ride. that is very important and specific to your location. if felt makes a bike that fits your goals and riding style, go for it. their attention to detail is amazing. specialized also makes excellent bikes so you have yourself a win win situation my friend.
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    Ahhh another one who "swings both ways". Well since I don't know our trails all that well I would say that we probably have easy to moderate terrain. Out here in Boston any mountain bike ride would probably be found either in Wompatuck state park or the Fells State reservation and maybe Blue Hills. Most of this stuff I would guess is not all that amazingly technical so I am inclined to go hardtail.

    Oh and c-mack, on the note of Felt and your sig: I think my saliva has probably found it's way onto our AR5 display model on quite a few occasions.

    Edit: I am considering the Nine Comp. I guess I should ask this aswell though. I am about 160 lbs, I have heard it said 26 inch tires are better for heavier riders, not exactly sure what constitutes a heavier rider in the mountain world. I also dont really know the benefits of 29 vs. 26 other then its alot easier to bum 26 inch tubes of people.
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