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Old 01-28-11, 04:19 PM   #1
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Need bike buying advice

I am relatively new to mountain biking at age 40 and am looking at purchasing one of two full suspension bikes. I will be using the bike for XC riding, some technical single track and general trail riding. I won't be doing a whole lot of downhill or taking big drops and am not planning to race (at least not yet). I am 6'4, 200lbs and have a 34" inseam. The two bikes, there prices and specs are listed below. Let me know your thoughts, especially if you've ridden both bikes. If you own one, tell me what makes it great or not so great. Thanks in advance for your help!!

2009 Giant Anthem X - size XL ($1,200)
Rock Shock REBA (Air) Front Fork w/ remote lock out
Fox Float RP2 Rear Shock
SRAM X-9 (shifters, deraillures, chain, cassette)
Shimano Deore XT Cranks
Avid Elixir CR (Carbon & Red) Hydraulic Brakes
Easton Monkey Lite Carbon Bars
Thomson Seatpost
Sun Ringle Disc-O-Tek wheelset

2009 Trek Fuel EX8 - size XL ($1,400)
Fox Float 32 R fork
Fox RP2 shock
XT crankset and rear derailleur
SLX shifters and front derailleur
Avid Juicy 5 hydrolic disc brakes
Crank Brothers Joplin telescoping seatpost with handlebar mounted remote engagement
Mavic Crosstrail wheelset
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