NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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The money you spend on a compromise will be lost after the first missed drop.
You can go the route of a bike like the Specialized Enduro, but it won't handle the big stuff. A Heckler isn't bad either.
I'd go for the Big Hit bike and use your current ride as your XC bike. As you get more into the sport, you'll be able to upgrade the Trek to better suit your needs. You may find freeriding more enjoyable and will want to concentrate on that aspect.
"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
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