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Old 04-11-05, 09:19 PM   #1
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~$1000 xc hardtail racing bike

I am in the market for the fastest bike I can get in the $900-$1500 dollar range. To give you an idea I am thinking, I'm leaning towards the Specialized stumpjumper but am also looking at : Trek 8000; GF Hoo Koo E Koo; GF Big Sur; GF X-Caliber; Giant XtC 2. Any input about other bikes to consider or on the ones listed above?
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people here seem to like specialized, but I've never really ridden one. I do have a gary fisher and love it. Check out those 29er's they sound gimmicky.
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Old 04-12-05, 08:48 AM   #3
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I ride an '03 Big Sur. Love it. Really like the Genesis geometry.
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I've been looking at the ~1000 range and I'd add the Jamis Dakota and the Kona Caldera to your list of bikes to consider.

Edit: I'd forgotten the Rocky Mountain Vertex.
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Indeed. Vertex 30 is a heckuva bike for the money and should run about $1200 or so. Handbuilt quality, bodacious frame, and not everyone has one.
Fishers are nice, if the geometry works for you. X-Caliber will be very different from the KHEK or Big Sur as it is a 29'er.
Bottom line is you need to ride as many bikes as you can within your price range and decide which one you like best-that's the important part.
As to the fastest bike among those, that depends on you, my friend.
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I haven't ridden a rocky mountain, but they seem really attractive to me
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I haven't ridden a rocky mountain, but they seem really attractive to me
I have a Rocky Mountain Instinct, and I can't say I've ridden a bike that handles better. Some say Rocky Mountain is over priced, but I like their hand built frames and geometry.

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thats awesome, when it's my turn to go looking for a ~1000 bike, I will definitely have to consider one. My bike now handles great compared to my friends bike, so that is a very important point for me anyway.
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I did a lot of research on bikes in your price range.
I bought a Cannondale F600 (the SL comes without disc brakes you can probalby find this bike for under $1k; with disc brakes it's about $100 more).
It has a great frame. Decent components. Great suspension lock out feature. Handles like a dream and responds well to climbs.

The other bikes you listed are pretty good, but if you don't at least look into a Cannondale you're selling yourself short.
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people here seem to like specialized, but I've never really ridden one. I do have a gary fisher and love it. Check out those 29er's they sound gimmicky.
are those 29ers still gimmicky? hahahahahaha
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