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Old 09-16-05, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Killer B
WTF is a "Fattie"?
It's different than a chubby, that's for sure. I've got a good story about that...
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Originally Posted by TroyLeeRacer199
In my opinion a hardtail would be great for that since (in my area at least) there is lots of uphills, so you dont always want the bob from a FS. It's a trade off. FS better for on the downhills of xc but its harder to go uphills. On hardails, It is way better up hill but not as great going downhill. All you have to do is use your legs on a hardtail to soke up the bumps more and your set.

Hope this helped.
It pains me to say this but I'll have to disagree. I bought a dualy this spring and it climbs way better than my hardtail does (neither bike is a slouch.). The suspension makes the wheel stick to the ground better so that you don't have to use as much body english to climb.

There are a lot of places where the FS stinks however. Anytime you have to ride long flats or ride on pavement, you might as well drive a car. It just sucks up energy that the hardtail doesn't. There is also the issue of tuning. The suspension requires much more futzing than the hardtail. It has taken me nearly 6 months to get the tuning right on the FS, mostly because the values that the manufacturer uses for set up are great in the parking lot but stink on the trail.

I'd second the Stumpjumper line. Both of my mountain bikes are Stumpys and I like them. The lower level SJ starts at around $1300 but I've seen them for as little as $950 here. The non-disc is a better value since it has a slightly better component mix for $200 less. My hardtail has v-brakes and I've never had problems stopping it.
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[QUOTE=cyccommute]It pains me to say this but I'll have to disagree. I bought a dualy this spring and it climbs way better than my hardtail does (neither bike is a slouch.). The suspension makes the wheel stick to the ground better so that you don't have to use as much body english to climb.

Very good point I never thought about that.
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Since you stated in the original post you wanted to look at FS for under $1500, I would try the Specialized FSR, XC Comp. Discs, dually, Rock Shox fork, you may have to settle for a 06 leftover to get it under $1500. I paid $1125 for my 05 purchased in early 06.
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Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
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This thread is over a year old since you started it. Have you not gotten yourself a bike yet?
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If you want dual suspension, and don't mind low-end components, Kona has a decent bike for that range:

Kona Kikapu -- http://www.konaworld.com/bikes/2k7/KIKAPU/index.html
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Originally Posted by khuon
This thread is over a year old since you started it. Have you not gotten yourself a bike yet?
No, not a mtb . I have a roadie, but I have finally saved up for an off-roader. Just want to be able to ride trails. No extreme stuff!
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real quick, what is a rodie and is lurking a common thing amongst these things? Sorry, I was trying to think of bike suggestions but had to get the whole rodie question off my chest first.
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A "roadie" is a road biker, you know the fast skinny bikes. So what's your budget now? I think your best bet is to go to your LBS and tell us what they stock. BTW since you don't want any serious stuff, get a hardtail as was posted a year ago
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well I know what a roadie is, it is the rodie I am having a hard time with. Even wiki has no definition for rodie except for a peer to peer file sharing thing.
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If you were to look at Trek, Fuel 6 ~a little under $1500, full suspension.
8000 ~ a little over $1500 hardtail.

I don't know what makes these bikes better than others, but they're in your range, and you could test ride them. Personally, I have no experience with them, because i'm ride a 4300 which is a lot cheaper
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I've seen Giant Anthem 2 bikes for around $1600. I have read phenominal things about the bike and Bicycling magazine called it the "Best Bang for the Buck" in the '06 preview edition. The 22" will fit you like a glove. I have a 22.5" NRS C1 and I love it! (6'3" @ 225#)

Best part about getting a bike like this is that you won't have EXTREME buyer's remorse in three months and wish you had gotten the best thing possible.

Anthem 2
FRAME TECHNOLOGY
Featuring Giantís lightweight ALUXX SL butted alloy tubeset, titanium shock hardware and aggressive XC racing geometry, Anthem is the clear choice for Adam Craig and the entire Giant Mountain Bike Team as they battle week-after-week on the NORBA and World Cup circuits.

FEATURES
∑ Light and stiff RockShox Reba SL, 80mm suspension fork and Fox Float RP2 rear shock
∑ Shimano Deore shifting with Race Face Ride XC crankset
∑ Lightweight Easton EA50 handlebar and stem
∑ WTB LaserDisc XC rim/ sealed-bearing hubs wheelset

size 14.5", 16", 18", 20", 22"
color Team Blue / Brushed
frame ALUXX Butted aluminum, 3.5" Travel. Frame Set Available
fork
RockShox Reba SL, 80mm travel
shock Fox Float RP2
handlebar Easton EA30 low rise
stem Easton EA30
seatpost Easton EA30, 350 x 30.9
saddle WTB Silverado Race
pedals NA
shifters Shimano Deore Rapidfire
front derailleur Shimano Deore
rear derailleur Shimano Deore top normal
brakes Avid Juicy 3
levers Avid
cassette SRAM PG950, 11-34
chain Shimano HG 53
cranks RaceFace Ride XC
BB RaceFace SRX ISIS
rims WTB LaserDisc XC
hubs Mavic Alloy Sealed Bearing
spokes Stainless Steel
tires Hutchinson Piranha, folding 26x2.0
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Originally Posted by FatBomber
I've seen Giant Anthem 2 bikes for around $1600. I have read phenominal things about the bike and Bicycling magazine called it the "Best Bang for the Buck" in the '06 preview edition. The 22" will fit you like a glove. I have a 22.5" NRS C1 and I love it! (6'3" @ 225#)

Best part about getting a bike like this is that you won't have EXTREME buyer's remorse in three months and wish you had gotten the best thing possible.

Anthem 2
FRAME TECHNOLOGY
Featuring Giantís lightweight ALUXX SL butted alloy tubeset, titanium shock hardware and aggressive XC racing geometry, Anthem is the clear choice for Adam Craig and the entire Giant Mountain Bike Team as they battle week-after-week on the NORBA and World Cup circuits.

FEATURES
∑ Light and stiff RockShox Reba SL, 80mm suspension fork and Fox Float RP2 rear shock
∑ Shimano Deore shifting with Race Face Ride XC crankset
∑ Lightweight Easton EA50 handlebar and stem
∑ WTB LaserDisc XC rim/ sealed-bearing hubs wheelset

size 14.5", 16", 18", 20", 22"
color Team Blue / Brushed
frame ALUXX Butted aluminum, 3.5" Travel. Frame Set Available
fork
RockShox Reba SL, 80mm travel
shock Fox Float RP2
handlebar Easton EA30 low rise
stem Easton EA30
seatpost Easton EA30, 350 x 30.9
saddle WTB Silverado Race
pedals NA
shifters Shimano Deore Rapidfire
front derailleur Shimano Deore
rear derailleur Shimano Deore top normal
brakes Avid Juicy 3
levers Avid
cassette SRAM PG950, 11-34
chain Shimano HG 53
cranks RaceFace Ride XC
BB RaceFace SRX ISIS
rims WTB LaserDisc XC
hubs Mavic Alloy Sealed Bearing
spokes Stainless Steel
tires Hutchinson Piranha, folding 26x2.0
I just bought a copy of the UK bike rag ("What Mountain Bike)"that this review is in. The Giant is sweet for the $$$ it seems
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buy a cannondale rush and thank me later.

if you don't believe me, go ride one.

you will be a believer. Listen to none of the haters as they don't know what they are missing.
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Check out a Jamis Dakkar XLT 1.0 Great bike for the price.
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My friend has a Cannondale Prophet, a 2005 model. I rode it once, and I thought it was pretty neat. I'm not sure how much they go for since the price isn't on the site, and my LBS isn't a cannondale dealer, but it sure does ride nice. It cost my friend $2100, but I'm not sure where on the model scale it was. (there's different levels of them)
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Truthfully, most any of the bikes recommended will be great. The fun part is going out and test riding them.

Be sure to work with a shop that has a good return policy in case you hate the bike after the first real ride you take.

Try out the different types of suspensions: four bar, VPP, single pivot, etc.. You'll find the one that suits you and your style. Since you'll be doing mostly XC, I'd stay away from anything with more than 4" of travel to make the ride a little lighter for climbs.

Above all, don't let your wallet make your decision. Trust your endorphins.
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