Author:  Grannygrinder [ Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:05 pm ]
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If I had £500 to spend on a used bike to do everything on what would I buy?
Only stipulations are that its full sus and Y2K or newer :D
Your ideas if you would.....thankyou :wink:

Author:  Lysander [ Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:08 pm ]
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Titus Switchblade...............

Author:  marin man [ Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:13 pm ]
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any post 2000 marin full sus,all nice and adjustable travel on nearly all 8)

Author:  jimo746 [ Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:23 pm ]
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Everything?? What are we talking here? Everything from xc racing to touring to mega downhilling??

I think you need to narrow it Disney slightly.

But my mates Spesh Enduro is pretty good for most things.

Author:  EarlofBarnet [ Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:28 pm ]
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I'd go Enduro too. I'm slightly biased though :)

Author:  jimo746 [ Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:31 pm ]
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I meant to say "narrow it down a bit"

bloomin' predictive txt!

Author:  kaiser [ Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:36 pm ]
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Spesh stumpie FSR?

Author:  JeRkY [ Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:56 pm ]
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Spesh epic

Author:  Gadro [ Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:13 pm ]
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Couple of rides you might want to consider

Specialized FSR
Excellent all round bike, quite easy to pick up cheaply 2nd hand. Here's one in Caerphilly BUT it's got a reserve and might go a little bit too high. Plenty more listed though ... 4aa651f112

Another ... 255ea81f24

This ones on Pinkbike with a knackered fork but seems a good spec and with £200 left over you could source some tidy forks for it

Try a Trek, few on ebay and Pinkbike

Gary Fisher Supercaliber, Hifi or similar
Supercalibers in my gallery, really light xc orientated FS, prob a little over budget :( but you might be able to pick one up. Here's a Fat Possum listed on ebay at the moment ... 255f0af663

Sugar 3 on Pinkbike

Hows about Giant, Could try a Trance or this VT2

Marin float your boat?

I personally love Scott modern full sussers, but they can be expensive. For your budget you might even be able to track down a Spark or Genius with a little perseverance and luck.

With your budget it all depends if you have any brand loyalty. Most of us do. Sorry if I sound a bit ruthless here but with the current economic climate you may be able to benefit from someone's financial woes as they offload their pride and joy to pay for Xmas :(

Author:  Piperdave [ Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:13 pm ]
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How about this... :D

Author:  Grannygrinder [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:03 pm ]
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Thanks all, yeah should have narrowed the goal posts a bit.
Anything except the highly dangerous pastime of looning down hills like a loony :D

Author:  Lysander [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:05 pm ]
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Lysander wrote:
Titus Switchblade...............

Author:  sex one [ Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:42 am ]
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topic closed :D

Author:  Grannygrinder [ Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:56 pm ]
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Harsh though it may sound i am that vulture :D
Is there a standout brand that lasts better than the others? ie pivot bushes etc

Author:  sex one [ Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:13 pm ]
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Grannygrinder wrote:
Harsh though it may sound i am that vulture :D
Is there a standout brand that lasts better than the others? ie pivot bushes etc ... 1c17474ed8

not mine btw

Author:  dbmtb [ Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:26 pm ]
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kaiser wrote:
Spesh stumpie FSR?

Sometimes I think Kaiser and me must have been separated at birth.

Wouldn't be hugely different to what I did get for this very purpose


But £500 wouldn't do it. I think that's what I spent on frame, fork and BETD link though. I had the other parts already! Have since upgraded rear shock and put a shorter Hope stem on.

It'll transform from a 130mm to 100mm sled by moving a pivot bolt and a few turns of a dial on the fork.¨

Together with Kaisers old Stumpy...

Author:  dbmtb [ Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:42 pm ]
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Piperdave wrote:

Looks like it would take the BETD Rocker aswell.

Fine candidate for the money - very similar spec to mine by the looks of it.

One thing to be aware of with FSRs though - is that there are a lot of bearings, some of which are a bit tiny. Can be a hassle to replace. I gave mine the full once-over and replaced every bearing on the bike for peace of mind.

Author:  brocklanders023 [ Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:55 pm ]
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I'm on my second Orange 5 and have never had any problems with pivots, bearings etc. Might struggle to get on for £500 though.

Might be worth looking at a Giant. Thet seem to get good reviews but don't seem to hold their value very well.

Author:  marin man [ Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:58 pm ]
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What happened to the first one brocky :?

Author:  Grannygrinder [ Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:24 am ]
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How different are the later FSRs when compared to, say, the 1999 one in the for sale section? :D

Author:  dbmtb [ Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:22 pm ]
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It looks like BETD do travel upgrades for many of the older frames too.

Basically I'd say the '04-'07 frames are the best looking of them all. But that's a matter of taste. Previous generation looked too industrial for my tastes and the graphics were a nightmare.

I was working at a Specialized dealership when I bought the FSR second-hand earlier this year and frankly I think they've gotten uglier again recently. They've also started using non-standard shocks on many of their higher end machines.

Most relevant changes are travel, geometry adjustments to go with diff. amounts of travel - and the addition of disc hardware as standard.

Author:  dyna-ti [ Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:47 am ]
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jimo746 wrote:
I meant to say "narrow it down a bit"

bloomin' predictive txt!

My choice too.Cant beat a spesh sus 8)

Author:  Grannygrinder [ Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:54 pm ]
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I've had a think :shock: :D and although a Spesh is probably the sensible option, and an Orange is also v.nice.
I think, having read up a bit, i'm going to buy a............

Santa Cruz Superlight :D :D :D Ducks and runs for cover 8)

Author:  dbmtb [ Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:29 pm ]
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Run for cover first, then duck.

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