Buying next week-need informed opinions

Discuss the eternal "Which fork/bike/tyres should I buy?" questions.
taffyracer
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Buying next week-need informed opinions

Postby taffyracer » Fri Jun 01, 2007 17:40 pm

I've sorted out a ride to work scheme and i'm going to be the 1st exponent, my LBS has quite a large range I need some advice. I want a bike to be light, the frame quality is most important to me as I plan to upgrade the bits as I go on anyway so can live with cheaper bits for a while. I want to do XC and have 1k to spend, here are my options, i've ridden most but don't have the experience to really tell the difference, they all feel odd! Here are my options

Specialized FSR xc
Specialized FSR xc comp
Giant XTC1 (also seen a 2007.5- is this is a model refresh?)
Specialized Rockhopper pro disc
Trek fuel ex5
Trek 6700 disc
Scott reflex fx35
Scott scale 40
Felt RXC elite

I like the Giant but just unsure if i need rear suspension, used to have an Enduro pro and that was huge overkill, so please advise away



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Postby Kestrel_daos » Fri Jun 01, 2007 18:09 pm

For 1k, I'd go for a really nice hardtail. I'm Giant biased, and yes, have never owned a FS, so am hardtail biased.

If I had œ1000 to spend on a light bike with a quality frame and with sorted spec, it would be a Merlin Malt 4 with Reba SL upgrade from www.merlincycles.com

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Postby taffyracer » Fri Jun 01, 2007 19:48 pm

So are we saying that the xc full sussers frame are not as good as the hardtail frames, this is what I'm most concerned about as I will be upgrading wheels and brakes and stuff like that as I go along but want something I can keep for 5 years and really ride, only those on my list are available to me as I want to stick with this shop as I can try them out and I know they're a good shop

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Postby futon river crossing » Fri Jun 01, 2007 20:02 pm

the FSR xc is a good bike though - gets good reviews - but try before you buy

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Postby taffyracer » Fri Jun 01, 2007 20:10 pm

Yes i've read a few and it appears to be pretty light for what it is, it seems as if it's an inbetween of my Enduro pro and a HT and I like that. Anyone know where I can find the weights of various bikes, i'm amazed manufacturers don't list them

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Postby gbc » Sat Jun 02, 2007 08:57 am

oooh...tuff to choose...(sometimes is better to have less options)
Hardtail...Scott Scale...very good looking bike with nice specs. The Rockhopper is nice too (better frame warranty), but the Scott has better components.
Full suss...either the FSR xc comp or the Trek Ex5 are good bikes to up-grade...
But maybe i would go for the Scale...ive been reading a lot about that bike (as i was going to buy one) and everyone talks wonders about it...And imagine with a few extra upgrades later

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Postby taffyracer » Sat Jun 02, 2007 09:14 am

I think i'm leaning towards the FSR xc comp, going to ride one in a bit, anyone know the difference in weights between the FSR and the Scale or the Trek?

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Postby futon river crossing » Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:08 am

Woodsymi has an FSR XC - maybe he can give you some advise.

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Postby juankerrwmb » Sat Jun 02, 2007 13:07 pm

I'd be tempted by the Specialized FSR xc comp if FS was the way forwards.

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Postby taffyracer » Sat Jun 02, 2007 14:22 pm

OK, been to my LBS and i've ridden the FSR XC and the comp version, Rockhopper Pro, Stumpjumper FSR comp, Giant XTC 1 and Stumpjumper HT, the FSR was ok, better than expected actually but the front shock felt really bouncy not a patch on the fox front fork on the stumpjumpers, so in the end I opted for the Stumpjumper HT and it's a done deal. Really liked the no nonsense approach of the Stumpjumper HT and it was light and i'm told a peach of a frame, which is what i'm after. Can't wait to get out on it and start thrashing about

So thank everyone for your help, I also have some other questions so will start a new thread for that!

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Postby taffyracer » Sat Jun 02, 2007 14:50 pm

Glad to hear it, it is a very nice bike and i'm looking forward to improving it and getting fit again, cheers for your help

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