Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 18 of 18
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Bristol, VA
    My Bikes
    '05 Salsa Dos Niner (singlespeed), '04 Salsa Bandito, '04 Specialized Hard Rock
    Posts
    26
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Noob needs advice on full susp. MTB

    I am looking for the best full suspension mountian bike for around $1500. Until now, I have only riden Hardtails.

  2. #2
    Toyota Racing Dev. PWRDbyTRD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Knoxville, TN baby!
    My Bikes
    2004 Kona Hoss Dee-Lux
    Posts
    3,336
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'll go on ahead and put it out there...what kind of riding? how big are you (height weight) do you have any brand preference or any preferences for that matter? Do you want a lighter bike, or willing to have it weigh something?
    Linkage...My 2004 Kona Hoss Dee-Lux My Mindless Banter
    Disclaimer: I'm 425lb...I put unnormal loads on my bike. This should help you in answering any of my questions.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Bristol, VA
    My Bikes
    '05 Salsa Dos Niner (singlespeed), '04 Salsa Bandito, '04 Specialized Hard Rock
    Posts
    26
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
    I'll go on ahead and put it out there...what kind of riding? how big are you (height weight) do you have any brand preference or any preferences for that matter? Do you want a lighter bike, or willing to have it weigh something?
    I am looking for a fairly light bike. I do some single track, basic trails, and a little downhill. I am 6'5" and weight around 240lbs. As far as brands, I am riding a specialized now, but really have no preference.

  4. #4
    Withdrawal Symptoms! Cornish_Rdr_UK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Cornwall UK
    My Bikes
    Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 2004 And identit Dr Jekyll
    Posts
    1,258
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Specialized Enduro is nice, maybe the Kona Dawg aswell, both nice and reasonably light, both able to do XC, and both with take a pretty good beating...

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Bristol, VA
    My Bikes
    '05 Salsa Dos Niner (singlespeed), '04 Salsa Bandito, '04 Specialized Hard Rock
    Posts
    26
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I rode a Specialized FSRxc Comp today. Anyone have comments on this bike??

  6. #6
    Withdrawal Symptoms! Cornish_Rdr_UK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Cornwall UK
    My Bikes
    Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 2004 And identit Dr Jekyll
    Posts
    1,258
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The FSR comp is a Full suspension XC rig i think, its light for an FS bike, therefore sacrifices strength, and, at your height and weight, you really would want something strong underneath you, depending on how rough your planning on being with the bike, and what sort of riding you going to be doing... For XC, singletrack and stuff similar, the FSR XC is a nice bike

  7. #7
    Wood Licker Maelstrom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Whistler,BC
    My Bikes
    Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002 and specialized BMX
    Posts
    16,888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Take a look at the enduro. Ideal for you if you can get it in the price range. Would ride similar the fsrxc but a little burlier frame.

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Bristol, VA
    My Bikes
    '05 Salsa Dos Niner (singlespeed), '04 Salsa Bandito, '04 Specialized Hard Rock
    Posts
    26
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The enduros are definitely sweet. The cheapest I have seen them is just under $3K. I really can't go that much right now. I will keep an eye our for them though.

  9. #9
    Wood Licker Maelstrom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Whistler,BC
    My Bikes
    Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002 and specialized BMX
    Posts
    16,888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Dang...sorry I forgot specialized jacked the price up big time this year. Try and find a closeout from 2003 or 2004. Well worth it. 2005 is a dumbass year for specialized.

    Also take a look at the kona coiler

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Bristol, VA
    My Bikes
    '05 Salsa Dos Niner (singlespeed), '04 Salsa Bandito, '04 Specialized Hard Rock
    Posts
    26
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Cornish_Rdr_UK
    The FSR comp is a Full suspension XC rig i think, its light for an FS bike, therefore sacrifices strength, and, at your height and weight, you really would want something strong underneath you, depending on how rough your planning on being with the bike, and what sort of riding you going to be doing... For XC, singletrack and stuff similar, the FSR XC is a nice bike
    I live in Southwest Virginia. Some of our trails are pretty rough riding. If the FSR might not be rigid enough, any suggestions??

  11. #11
    Digs technical steeps
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    510
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by spin02
    I live in Southwest Virginia. Some of our trails are pretty rough riding. If the FSR might not be rigid enough, any suggestions??
    Both the Stumpy and the Enduro have FSR. It really gets down to how much rough stuff you plan to ride. For lighter xc style the Kona Dawg and Stumpjumper could be good choices. If you think you're going to get into some air, rocks and heavy duty off-trail (not full blown free-ride as in 'it's a bird, it's a plane .... no, it's a crazy maniac on a bike!' ) take a look at the Dawg or Coiler and the Enduro. It largely boils down to going with an xc or all-mountain bike; you kinda' have to pick a primary direction even if you mix it up along the ride.
    Last edited by Juniper; 01-08-05 at 06:21 PM.
    'My other bike is a bike.'

  12. #12
    you cant handle bars.
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    191
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    id check out a kona coiler. its big and strong enough for a guy of your size, and it'll have enough travel to carry you through the tough trails in your area. plus it wont break the bank- leftover 04's are around 1000-1100 bucks, new ones are 1500-1600 for the base model.

  13. #13
    Digs technical steeps
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    510
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by handlebarsfsr
    id check out a kona coiler. its big and strong enough for a guy of your size, and it'll have enough travel to carry you through the tough trails in your area. plus it wont break the bank- leftover 04's are around 1000-1100 bucks, new ones are 1500-1600 for the base model.
    I think the Coiler could be an excellent choice. I wish I could get my hands on an '04, too.
    'My other bike is a bike.'

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Bristol, VA
    My Bikes
    '05 Salsa Dos Niner (singlespeed), '04 Salsa Bandito, '04 Specialized Hard Rock
    Posts
    26
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks to all for the info. I guess I will start looking more seriously at specialized and kona. Can anyone recommend a good online shop??

  15. #15
    a badass heeb on wheels hebrew_rider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Santa Cruz, California
    My Bikes
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Posts
    219
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    supergo and pricepoint are my first options. also, this would make a good sticky
    The kosher ride is the best ride

    Just Tea
    Eat beef, eat kosher
    Love, Peace, and Matzos Ball Soup!

  16. #16
    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2000
    Location
    From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
    My Bikes
    Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
    Posts
    7,965
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    One you won't find any online dealers for the two brands discussed. The manuf. protect their dealers by not allowing their bikes to be sold online.

    Secondly, the entry level Enduro has an MSRP of around $1,700 and it is a great bike.
    "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
    "Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger

  17. #17
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Bristol, VA
    My Bikes
    '05 Salsa Dos Niner (singlespeed), '04 Salsa Bandito, '04 Specialized Hard Rock
    Posts
    26
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
    One you won't find any online dealers for the two brands discussed. The manuf. protect their dealers by not allowing their bikes to be sold online.

    Secondly, the entry level Enduro has an MSRP of around $1,700 and it is a great bike.
    AAh, I see.

    I will definitely check out that Enduro. Was that a '05??

  18. #18
    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2000
    Location
    From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
    My Bikes
    Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
    Posts
    7,965
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My buddy bought a new '05 Enduro. Not the expert, just the plain Enduro. He got the matte green one. I am VERY impressed with the bike. The component spec was good. The fork is 'so-so' and I talked him into upgrading almost immediately to a Z1. But that and the Chris King headset he had on his old bike were the only changes.
    "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
    "Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •