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Old 02-16-15, 02:54 PM
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Looking for a newer bike

I've been peddling (pun intended) in trail riding for about a year. We have a great set of trails in where I live and I've grown to really enjoy riding. My first bike was a 1999 Specialized FSR Comp. Loved the bike. Only problem was I am 6'5" and the bike had a 16" frame. My back ended up hurting worse than my legs each day. So I sold my FSR yesterday for a great price and I'm looking for another bike for my size.

My budget is about $700 and I'm fully aware that you usually get what you pay for in bikes, but I'm not able to shell out too much right now. I've found a couple new bikes at my local shops and a friend suggested that whatever I do that I get a 29er and with disk breaks.

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2015 specialized rockhopper for $700 +tax

2015 Canondale Trail 6 for $710 +tax

2014 Cannondale Trail 5 for $700 no tax

I realized that on any of these that the component set isn't the best but I was leaning towards the trail 5. It's my understanding that the 5 is considered the step up from the 6?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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I'm not that familiar with the Cannondale line up so I went to the catalogs. All three of those bikes have similar component groups, however there is a major difference. According to the catalogs, the 2014, trail 5 is a 26er. The big wheel is the current trend and the 26" is not the way to go, especially for a tall person. If I was tall like you, I'd only consider a 29er, the Rockhopper. If you want to go Cannondale, and they certainly make a good bike, I'd only go with the 2015 model that's at least a 27.5.
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It's an individual that's selling the trail 5 and he stated that it was a 29er. I found this online too

Cannondale Trail 29er 5 Bike - 2014 - REI.com

Im leaning towards the Specialized but I thought the Trail 5 might have slightly better components than the 6 or the rockhopper.
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Also, if all three are generally the same components, is any of the three bikes easier to upgrade or cost less to upgrade?
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At 6'5" I would say that your primary concern should be fit. I don't know how you could ride a 26" bike with a 16" frame... bear riding a tricycle comes to mind.

I would suggest no less than an XL 29er. Trek makes several XXL in affordable bikes like the Marlin.

My brother-in-law is 6'6" and rides an XXL Marlin. I say this in every thread where tall riders come up...
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That's a pretty accurate mental image of what was going on, haha. It had a seat post extender but it was still rough nonetheless. All the ones I was looking at come in 21" or 26" frames. I've learned that lesson for sure.
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