Old 09-19-08, 03:15 PM
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I am still going to recommend the Scott Ransom. I have been beating the hell out of mine for the last 4 months and it is still going strong. Many drops at least 3 times a week plus a few doubles here and there. I also use it for my long XC rides which can and do include 4k+ of climbing and up to 5 hrs in the saddle.

You can get last years model 40 for 1900$ or the 30 for 2200$, both will weigh 33 or so pounds, then use the extra grand to toss on some lighter parts and it will easily get down to 27/28 lbs.

I will toss another option at you, a Cannondale Rize. The second to lowest model,the Rize 4 (2000$) still has a decent spec sheet and the bike does everything well. It is VERY stable at speed and VERY confident inspiring over rough technical trails. It is also in the high 20's as far as weight.
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