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Old 03-24-07, 03:06 PM
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Need advice: FS Bike for under $2,000

I have been riding a 99 Trek 7000 Hard Tail which I love. I was doing a lot of climbing in the Bay Area with it many years ago.

I now live in the Dallas area where climbing is not a big deal, but obstacles (roots, rocks, jumps, etc.) and technical trails are more common. And short but steep descents and climbs.

I feel like moving to a FS bike (getting older).

We have a great bike store in the Dallas Area, and they mainly carry Trek and Specialized. I would like to buy from the store for the excellent service.

I am 5'10', 155lbs. Intermediate skills level.

Do you have a recomendation for a Trek or Specialized FS bike under 2K? (I would probably end up paying close to full retail ).

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Old 03-24-07, 03:50 PM
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welcome to the forums

how many models do they offer under 2k? if you want to spend 2k and you are limiting yourself to those brands...well, pretty much get the most expensive one.

you could post some models with specs and it might be easier for members to help you in your exciting decision.
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Old 03-24-07, 03:54 PM
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Basically the only Specialized bikes under $2000 new are the bikes in the FSRxc line (which would work for you). Or maybe you can find a deal on a 2006 Stumpjumper FSR at a local shop.
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Old 03-24-07, 04:00 PM
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I'd Ride specialized over trek. i have a trek 6000 and had some problems with it.. everything is easily fixable ofcourse but i feel that specialized just are a better built bike... Definitly go with the FSRxc or a stumpjumper if the shop will cut you a 200 dollar deal which they usually will.. especially with the '06 models
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You should be able to get the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp for exactly $2k (plus tax). MSRP is $2200, but every shop I've ever been in sells them for $2k. It is one heck of a bike. I have the 06 Expert, one up from it, but there is little difference. It's an outrageous ride!

Sorry, can't comment on Trek.
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trek is good, i have a trek

and one thing you might want to look intout is financing a bike through trek(you dont have to buy a trek). its zero down zero intrests for 6 months if you spend over 1k. theres other terms depending on how much you spend and stuff. but its somethign to look into, it deffinately does make it easy on the pocket. even if you can pay it off...why would you if you can ride it for free for 6 months

for like 2.5k you can get yourself into fuel ex8

dont apply online, just go to a store and theyll walk you through the whole deal. you can apply approved on the spot. link is just to give you more info

https://onlineaccess.mycreditcard.cc...pplyOnline.jsp

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What are the main differences between the Stumpjumper FSR, the Epic and the FSRxc?

Is it just better components, or the frame/supension are different and geared for different types of riding?

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To some extent the FSRxc and FSR are similar. FSR has more travel, components are generally better and they are lighter I think. Epic is definitely more of a racing XC bike. My LBS told me not to buy it unless I was racing.
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giant trance is usually a fairly low cost full suspension bike. not sure how it compares with the FSR xc though.
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Mad Duck in Grapevine
Richardson Bike Mart in Richardson
These are great area places to try out the different bikes.
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Old 03-25-07, 09:57 AM
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I would check out the trance. I purchased mine in '06, Trance 2, right round $2000. I narrowed my choices down to a Rush, the Trance and a specilaized epic (lower end). The maestro suspension on the trance is very efficient, and climbs very well (which you stated is not really a concern for you). They come well specc'ed, and the new '07 line looks great in the matte finishes.
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It's not as cool as a new bike, but if you know what you are looking for, craigslist for the closest big city. I see all kinds of cool stuff on LA's.
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Yeah, I checked Craig's list and eBay, could not find what I want.

I am heading for RBM (Richardson Bike Mart). Hopefully I will respect my budget
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I just bought my new bike at Richardson Bike Mart.

It is an 07 Stumpjumper FSR Comp (Black and red).

They game me $300 for my old 99 Trek 7000, which I was happy with.

I also ask them to change the tires based on the many comments on the net about the tires not being very good. I got some Sticky (I think it is the brand), with small nobs in the back and big nobs up front. That is what a local MTB racer told me to get for the conditions out here.

Thank you everyone for the recommendation. I can't wait to try it out.
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Congrats on the new rig!

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Awesome...enjoy it!
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