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Old 05-09-12, 05:58 PM
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Help me pick a bike

Hey fellas, I'm new here.
I'm on the market for a new bike. I'm mostly looking into cannondales, because I can get pretty decent deals on them right now, but I wouldn't shun away any other brand suggestions, I'm open to just about anything.

My current Gaint Yukon is just losing it's steam, but it has served me well for a good 5 years, so no complaints there.

My budget is about $1600. If there was something worth an extra 50-100 bucks, I'd be fine with that.

For a while I was interested in getting a 29er, as I think they're pretty cool, though I don't have a lot of experience on them (hardly any, actually.)
Now here's my problem. I like to ride HARD. I ride with my buddies on trails, there are small hucks (3-5 feet) and I love hitting jumps (small as well, probably never more than 3-5 feet of air.) I'm not talking big stuff, but just throwing that out there, I don't like staying on two wheels all the time. I know 29'ers aren't the greatest for jumping, but of course they can be jumped, it's all about the rider. I'd just like to know what bikes y'all would suggest for someone who likes to hit the trails hard a couple of times a week.

I'm 6'3 and 190lbs, so unfortunately even the small stuff still has a big guy putting strain on the bike :/

Thanks in advance!
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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
Welcome To Bike Forums, Fox408!

At 6'3", I'd just have to recommend the following 29ers:

The Flash Alloy 29er 3 ~ $1670
www.cannondale.com/2012/bikes/mountain/hardtail-29er/flash-29er-alloy/2012-flash-29er-3-20625/
thanks for a suggestion, I'll definitely take that into consideration.

I really wish I could get some little jumps on a 29 to see what it feels like, never been on one for more than a couple of minutes on pavement.
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Jumps on a 29er, umm it will feel like racing a 20" bmx bike in a road crit.
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Jumps on a 29er, umm it will feel like racing a 20" bmx bike in a road crit.
I can't honestly say I've ever been on a bmx bike :/
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IF you want to some jumps, get something that going to be able to handle that stuff. IF you are bent on getting a 29er that can take some of that, take a look at the Kona Hanzo.

Other wise, I would look at a Kona Steely, Jamis Komodo,

I would reccomend the Transition Trans Am and the Transition Trans Am 29, but those are over the budget mentioned.
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I'm not at all bent on getting a 29er, just seems like more and more people getting into them these days.

I get about half off on Cannondale bikes, so really for a $1600er I'd be spending more like $800.
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