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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:30 pm 
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Having ridden full suspension for the first time recently I'm a bit of a convert. Sort of a bit strapped for cash so anyone got any suggestions for a mid 2000's frame (2005 / 2006) that works well as a general cross country bike and could take 100mm+ forks? Have no idea what to look for otherwise and need to do some costings (and then multiply by 10) :D

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:44 pm 
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Based on my own personal experience (I have owned/raced/ridden each of these frames), I can suggest the following:

Giant VT (5" travel)
Giant NRS (3.75 - 4" travel)
Giant Trance (4" travel)
Generalized Enduro (6" travel)
Scott Genius (5" travel)


All of these frames can now probably be had for a very good price if you look around a little :)

Out of those 5, I preferred the Giant NRS (I had a 2003/2004 NRS Team) as it was very light, strong and really really flexible in how it could be used, too. I had mine set up with a 5" travel Fox Vanilla RLC out front, low-rise bars and a strong, dependable set up.

It took everything I could throw at it, and it weighed about 26lb :)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:35 pm 
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Mikee is selling a nice Gary Fisher one on here


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:38 pm 
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GT iDrives are very good and plentiful. Very clever system seriously reduces bob and pedal feedback but potential for bearing issues if you get too thorough with the post ride hosing down.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:17 pm 
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Thanks so far :) Difficult question then, I guess, how do full suspension frame sizes compare to hard tails? My Zaskar is a 16", inside leg is 31 (to floor, rather than trouser size!) :)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:30 pm 
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2004-2009 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR. You need a size medium.

Buy the BETD rocker upgrade for it and a new shock and you have something that will never go out of fashion. You can run 100mm forks with improved BB clearance and stiffer rear end. Or run 130mm at both ends.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:40 pm 
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^^^^

This. Couple of complete bikes on eBay at the moment for £700 or under. Not a lot considering how good they're reckoned to be...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Specialized-S ... 1e676bf57e


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:45 pm 
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Specialized 2003 enduro amazing frames also won trail bike of the decade 8)

(they were not the modern heavy duty travel bikes the enduro is today either)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:01 pm 
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Could work out more expensive than picking up a whole one, but that depends on what you have laying around.

Beauty is you get to build it the way you want it.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Specialized-FSR-XC-frame-17-5in-Full-suspension-MTB-/120788536833?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item1c1f8ece01


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:10 pm 
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There's also the Giant Anthem - the Maestro virtual pivot design is very plush, and this is your size and an utter bargain.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Giant-Anthem- ... 3a6b1a36b6


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