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Old 12-23-13, 03:23 PM   #1
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Full suspension 29er for +/- $2,500: what to consider?

Not gonna do the mail order thing. Will be supporting one of the excellent LBS we have here in Austin.

Saw a Cannondale Scalpel 3 29er w aluminum frame at one of the LBS for $2,500, marked down from $3,500. It's a 2013 closeout. Has SRAM X9 and a Lefty fork.

My use will be singletracking in a fairly extensive network of trails in Texas Hill Country near my house. Won't race or frankly go all that fast.

Other options? Last time I bought a mountain bike was 1993. Still have it.

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Old 12-23-13, 04:23 PM   #2
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Hands down my recommendation would be go with a yeti SB95 Comp - - but at 2,900, it's a bit over your price range. But, dang, Yeti SB + 29er + reasonable price tag? You couldn't lose.
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Old 12-26-13, 04:01 PM   #3
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Scott Spark is an excellent bike that is race proven and a solid XC/All Mountain bike.

REI.com has a smoking deal on a 650B

http://www.rei.com/product/842567/sc...-640-bike-2013

Its a 2013 NIB
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Old 12-26-13, 04:21 PM   #4
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^^ I don't think I'd categorize a Spark as an all-mtn rig, with a 70 head angle and 100mm travel. That's solidly XC; Genius would be more like it but still can't hold a candle to the SB95.
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