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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 3:04 pm 
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Ok, i'm looking to buy my first modern ( no older than 3 years ) full sus bike. I feel that i need to move up to this kind of bike following my recent jaunt around Cannock on my trusty 20 year old Dynatech. I've never ridden full sus, so i am completely oblivious to how it rides or what i want, but i have a number of bikes i have my eye on that i feel may suit my XC/trail centre type of riding. They are a Giant Anthem X4, a Yeti ASR, a Rocky Mountain Altitude 50 and a Specialised FSR XC pro. These are all used bikes and although i dont object to buying new, i feel you get a little more for your money buying second hand. Any advice or guidance would be greatly appreciated.


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 3:59 pm 
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Get an Orange 5. Superb ride, do it all and hardly ever go wrong. 8)


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 4:48 pm 
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santacruz, rocky mountain.

i have a growing collection of both. seems the americans and canadians really know what they are doing!


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 5:38 pm 
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Plus 1 for Santa Cruz.
I love my Superlight. Just back from a weekend in Wales and it handled everything I threw at it.
Single pivot too, so less to go wrong :wink: (which is the same as the Orange too I believe)


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 8:14 pm 
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having ridden a 2011 epic i found them to be a really great ride for all that youre speaking of... it was a tester for a weekend with the sid fork...

maybe take a look at bikescene as you can only seem to get 2012 epics in 29er over here, but they have some great discounts on 2011 (and no i dont work for them i just remember looking and being impressed!). really though, the epic 26er is an excellent, excellent platform

grab a test ride before buying though whatever it is! i bought a scott rc20 fs once... and it left me cold, just didnt suit. oops! bad mistake...

needless to say, i dont have it any more but at the time of purchase thought itd be the long term modern fs bike for me!


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 12:22 pm 
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brocklanders023 wrote:
Get an Orange 5. Superb ride, do it all and hardly ever go wrong. 8)



+1

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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 2:03 pm 
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+1 for Rocky Mountain. Designed around some the the best/gnarliest MTB areas in the worlld and can take plenty of abuse. Also quite rare compared to Speclialized, Trek, Giant an Orange which is a bonus.


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 1:08 pm 
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rich,

why no more than 3 years old?

there are some fantastic bargains to be had if you dont get to hung up on age. the parts and technology on my bikes is not old by any means :).


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 1:24 pm 
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crossland wrote:
rich,

why no more than 3 years old?

there are some fantastic bargains to be had if you dont get to hung up on age. the parts and technology on my bikes is not old by any means :).



Maybe so with some frames but some tech really has moved on. The geometry tweeks and shock improvement on my current 5 make it nicer to ride then my old one (2006). My mate had a 2005 Marin Alpine Trail that was ok but nothing special. So much so he went back to hardtail and said he couldn't really see the point of fs. He was tempted back to fs with a couple of year old Marin Wolfridge and loves it. He says it's miles and miles ahead of the old bike and he is now back on the fs bandwagon.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:32 pm 
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Santa Cruz.

al. :D


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