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Old 01-14-05, 10:58 AM
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Please help a newbie !

I am needing some help in purchasing a new bike. First of all I'm 5'10"-5'11", weigh around 190. I used to ride a good bit but took some time off. I'm wanting to get back into it. I'm looking for a full suspension bike.
I will probably start off with some easier trails around here but once I get comfortable on a bike again I will definitely move on to harder trails. I have about $1700 to spend.

Any suggestions?

Thanks for the help!
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Old 01-14-05, 11:29 AM
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The Specialized and Kona full-suspension bikes are nice... also Giant and Jamis, I think.

I'd go with one of these myself:
http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkMode...6ldr7d1.j27005

I think it's around your price range, and it has the specialized FSR design and some nice parts
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Old 01-14-05, 11:42 AM
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I've riden a Gary Fisher Tassajara for about 5 years and love it but I need to move to full suspension. I have seen last year models of the Cannondale Scalpel going for around $1600. It's a nice bike and I know several people that have them but the rear travel is a little light. I looked at the GF Cake's but my lbs will not let me take it out on trails for a day and I'm not spending that kind of money on a bike I can only ride in the parking lot. Another LBS has a nice selection of Giant NRS and the new Trance. At this point I'm tryint to make up my mind between those two. The NRS is a proven bike that still climbs well for an FS. Hope that helps.
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One of the best deals right now for what I feel is a great all around bike is the Specialized Enduro (base Model) well spec'd and a great "Do it all" bike.

If I could only have one bike, it would be an Enduro.

MSRP is $1,700.00.

I would however consider (at time of purchase) upgrading the fork. Although not a BAD fork, it is the weak point. I'd prefer spending another $200 and getting a top quality fork.
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Jamis makes some REALLY good bikes for the price....except they stopped using the 4bar because of Spec. When I bought my SC, it was between that, or a Jamis with full XT, Talas RLC, and Hayes Mags for 1800.....talk about a deal.
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Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
One of the best deals right now for what I feel is a great all around bike is the Specialized Enduro (base Model) well spec'd and a great "Do it all" bike.

If I could only have one bike, it would be an Enduro.

MSRP is $1,700.00.

Does Specialized list their MSRP's anywhere? I thought I used to see them on their website but now I can't find 'em! Thanks!
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Old 01-14-05, 06:25 PM
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They list them on some models, but not on most for whatever reason. Besides, almost all shops sell them for well below the MSRP.
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Kona dawg or king kikapu
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Originally Posted by DrugCoder
I am needing some help in purchasing a new bike. First of all I'm 5'10"-5'11", weigh around 190. I used to ride a good bit but took some time off. I'm wanting to get back into it. I'm looking for a full suspension bike.
I will probably start off with some easier trails around here but once I get comfortable on a bike again I will definitely move on to harder trails. I have about $1700 to spend.

Any suggestions?

Thanks for the help!
I love how my Rocky Mountain rides, so I say look into these brands, ordered by my personal preference

1) Rocky Mountain Element
2) Specialized Epic
3) Specialized Enduro
4) Giant NRS-1
4) Griant Trance
5) Kona Kikapu

Try to look for a last year's stock, you really dont need the newest technology and pay the full price for a bike

Best of Luck

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Old 01-14-05, 08:41 PM
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Not the King Kikapu.. it's $2600.. I think you mean the Kikapu Deluxe, which is still a VERY nice bike.
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