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Old 11-21-08, 01:27 PM
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GT Sanction. The 1.0 comes with a TALAS, but it is available as a frameset. The 08 had a Lyrik, but I doubt you'll be able to find one, and the 09 is slightly slacker anyways, which he may appreciate at the resorts.

I'm a bit biased because I can get it on prodeal, but it's a solid bike. I demoed one for a day and it was certainly much more capable than the silly 4 foot drops I was doing on it.

It does a 6 inch travel bike. The slackness doesn't help on the ultra-steeps, but with tavel adjust it does alright, and there isn't much bob from the suspension, though I still made use of the propedal, especially on fireroads.

It's a bike that wants to get in the air, I guess do to a relatively short wheelbase, though my experience with longer travel rigs is limited. It's at least worth a look, I think.

I'm pretty sure the Banshee rune would fit the niche similarly, though a bit more expensive (possibly higher quality frame?).

I'd be wary of an enduro, I've heard of a fair share of breakages, but then again there are a lot of 'em out there, so maybe they're no worse than anything else.
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