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Old 10-15-10, 07:37 PM
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Still Looking for the right mountain bike

Unfortunately as the riding season is quickly coming to an end around here in Northeast Ohio I still haven't been able to make up my mind on what bike I should get. The one thing I do know for sure is that I do want a full suspension bike. I was able to borrow my buddies Canondale and all I can say is wow what a major difference between that and my hard tail Mongoose! I was able to make it up hills and ride over large roots and rocks that I'm not normally able to.

So far I have been looking at the Specialized Epic Comp 29er and now the Trek Fuel EX-8. They are at the same price point but I'm starting to get a little confused on the differences in components and what I should be looking for. I would be grateful for any and all suggestions you might have for me. Even if you have a suggestion of a different bike I should check out as well.

Thanks for all your help!

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Old 10-16-10, 04:11 AM
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I have a like new dual suspension mountain bike for sale in Sagamore hills. What size frame do you need?
Mine is small, 15.5".

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Old 10-16-10, 08:31 AM
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Well, since you're looking. I might as well add a couple to the search. $2650.00 - $2700.00 price range.

SCOTT Genius 50 MTB

SCOTT Spark 40

Edit: I don't know why, but the second link keeps taking me to the Scott Spark 35. Just click on the Spark 40, as this is the one I'm trying to link. That's strange that their site would do that.

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The Specialized is a 29" wheel and the Trek is a 26" wheel. Both are great bikes but if you are over 5'7" i'd go for the Specialized. The larger tires will help roll more objects. People will tell you the 29er will climb and accel slower but that is not the case. Both have okay components. The Trek has Shimano and the Specialized has SRAM. SRAM seems to be putting out better quality in the market so another nudge for the Specialized.

So in short, I'd go ride a 29er and a 26" wheeled bike and buy either choice that fits (of your two choices), both are great bikes and it will come down to what wheel size you like.

Happy shopping!
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Oh no, go with a JAMIS.
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I would go with the 29er
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I would ride both bikes if possible, although a parking lot ride isn't going to tell a whole lot. I recently bought a 2010 Top Fuel with XX cranks and couldn't be happier. I know a few guys who really pushed me to get a 29er but they aren't for everyone. Also I ride a 15.5'' frame and some companies (santa cruz) don't even offer a 29er in a small frame.

Good luck on your purchase.
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Old 11-04-10, 08:40 PM
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Fisher HiFi 29er is also a nice ride. Someone down the street has been rocking one that he purchased recently. Pretty bad ass bike.
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I have quite a few miles on a Epic 29 and I can honestly say I love it and wish I owned one. I ride Stumpjumper 29 which is a little bit lighter but I am still faster on the Epic. The Brain rear shock unit is amazing in its simplicity and just how well it works. No pedal induced bob yet a very active suspension when needed. Love how the bike climbs!
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