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So I am in the process of buying my first downhill bike and after hours of research I have finally given in and decided to defer to the wisdom of MTBR. The bikes in this comparison are not the only ones I am looking at, only the bikes that I think (hope) fit my needs the best.

My budget for this bike is under $2000 but would prefer to stay as far below this as possible. As a rider I am downhill oriented but want something that is comfortable (if not necessarily in its element) at freeride. My ideal bike will be more geared towards speed and agility as I'm not really one for huge hits or drops. I don't plan on racing it but it seems like a bike more along the line of a DH Race bike is what fits me best. I am 5'8" and 165 lbs for sizing reference.

My current options are a Medium '03 Turner DHR (pretty much fully stock) on consignment at my local LBS that is fully tuned and all pivot and hub bearings replaced. Basically it is ready to ride. It seems to be in good shape and he is obviously a big fan of the bike (or of selling it at least). Should I be concerned with its age despite being well taken care of? It is $1700.

Another bike I am looking at is an Medium '06 Demo 8 that is basically stock. I am in the early stages of talking to the guy so I don't know too much about its maintenance record other than it has low miles and recently had new cables put on. The price on this would likely go down as he said that he is flexible on price.
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http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/1559651706.html

I will list a couple more options I have been looking at. I apologize in advance for the Pinkbike haters out there but they have the most bikes and new is not an option for me.

I am actually quite interested in this one (mostly because it is cheap) but also seems to be a decent set up. Less convenient to pick up than the rest though.
http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/572124/

Have heard some decent things about Norco but know very little about them.
http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/578700/

Hoping I haven't just fallen into the pretty frame trap on this one as I'm not so sure about some of the components.
http://www.ridemonkey.com/classifieds/cat-2/ad-12315/

Hopefully my options don't get poached.

Hopefully at least some of you have made it through this whole post, and if you are still reading, thank you. I guess what I am asking is which of these bikes would be the best deal/fit for me.

If you have any suggestions of other bikes to look into, have a bike you think I might be interested in, or just have some general guidance for me it is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Jamie
 

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the Norco has the best part spec IMO.
the 04 Glory dh has a crap spec. bad brakesm bad shifter/der
not sure about the Glory on ridemonkey. user has only 3 posts, which usually throws a red flag in my book. price is literally a steal if the part spec is good.
 

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Thanks for your responses.

Ya that Norco seems pretty sweet. Any experience with Norco's?

So I shouldn't worry about the age of the Turner then? I'm just a bit concerned buying an 7 year old bike even if it has been tuned up.
 

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Very true. I'm not sure why I said that. This is completely from memory so please excuse any inaccuracies. The components are mostly '02. Boxxer (with aluminum internals), XTR crank set, fairly narrow Azonic bars with non-integrated azonic stem, singletrack rims on Ringle hubs (rear hub newly rebuilt), 4 Piston Shimano brakes, 2 included Romic rear shocks (one new) and I think Shimano XT drivetrain (could be wrong on this).
 

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how old are the cranks...i dunno if id trust 7 yr old XTR cranks on a DH bike.

02 boxxer really isnt worth much seeing how you can get 06-09 boxxers for dirt cheap now.

maybe ask for just the frame for a lower price...if ur set on the turner that is.
 

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Ya they are '02s. They seem to be in good shape and I was told this was the last year that XTR's were made in the single ring (so I'm guessing downhill specific but could be wrong) configuration.

And no I am not set on the Turner, it is just nice to know that the bike has been given a thorough run through by my LBS. I am quite skeptical of a bike that is that old even with the frames racing pedigree and being fully serviced. Parting out the frame is definitely not an option though as the bike is on consignment.

Any opinion on the Demo 8? Any concerns with the fork on it? Seems like it might be a bit of a weakness on the bike. The guy told me he is flexible on price and is the easiest to communicate with. I'm thinking about making an offer. It also would be easy to pick up and includes protection gear (I need a pressure suit and probably a new full face).
 

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I realized I had another question. The 2006 Norco DH Team is a M/L (they only made 2 sizes that year). Would this be too large for me, I am 5'8" and 165 lbs (athletic build) with about a 30 inch inseam. I couldn't conclusively tell whether this would fit me from the info on their site.

Also I would still really like to hear some opinions on the Demo 8 as a fit for me.
 

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That Glory on ridemonkey looks beautiful, quality build/frame for such a low price. Have him take a photo of it next to today's newspaper to make sure it is truly his just because he has so few posts, but both the bike and seller look legit to me (even though he has three posts one was back in '08).
 

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Demos run big and a medium might be too large for you at 5'8". I'm your height and my friend's small Demo feels pretty perfect. The wheelbase on those is already pretty long as well iirc, so there wouldn't really be any advantage stability-wise to going a size up. My
$.02 is to wait it out a bit more, none of those really seem like the right bike for you.
 

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Ya that Glory on ridemonkey is probably at the top of my list but he says that he is 90% sure he sold it. Put in an offer and will wait to see if he will go for the 100% sale. I would like to see more pictures of it but its not that big of a deal as I live close enough to him that I will be meeting up for transaction.

@Mountains: Thanks for the heads up on the sizing. Now that I look it seems like a lot of people feel the same way you do.

@ridefreeride: Any concern for the age of the bike?

Also I found another option, I just can't stop looking. Haha

Don't know much about Transition, any input?
http://classifieds.mtbr.com/showproduct.php?product=44909&cat=3
 

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Personally I would never want to have another Demo ever again ( and BTW its the first time I hear the run big, @5'9 Im cramped on a Medium frame) but for that kind of money it would make a solid bike and I cant deny that.

That said, for around 2000$ you could get an newer 2008 Demo like this one:

http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/545764/

Forget about the stinky armor and even the build kit.Parts break all the time, manufacturers havent really made any MAJOR changes in the last 5 years ( so its a big marketing gimmick ) I say focus on finding a solid frame/suspension set up instead.

For 2000$ you could get a bunch of other cool bikes.Dont hesisate to look up in the 2200+ range if you have 2k.Depending how despearate the seller might be, you are most likely gonna be able to knock off a couple of hundreds $ ( or at least 100$ ) the asking price evertime you'll try.

IMO , out of the bunch , That glory on RM is your best option.

Here's 2 more in that price range:

http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/555637/

http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/list/?q=commencal&category=0&pmin=&pmax=&region=3 ( this one might be a bit your budjet but its so far ahead of the Turner or the Demo )
 

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This may be one of the last updates as I think I might be getting close. I have been talking to quite a few people but I am pretty close on price with the one in the link below. We are at around $2000. Input?
http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/554849/

There is also this one that is about $200 less but it harder to get (might have to be shipped), I am not thrilled with the stem set up and seems to be more beat up (see rear of the right lower on the 40).
http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/527163/

Again if you have any links to suggestions feel free to post them. For reference I live in Seattle and am really not comfortable buying a bike without seeing it. Anywhere from Vancouver, BC down to Eugene, OR is in my range.

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I was just told by powerful forces in my life that $2000 was out of the question for me to spend on a bike so it looks like the Glory's are out of the question. So any more input on bikes in the $1200 to $1600 range?

I know I keep coming back to this but I think that I can get the local Demo 8 into the $1200-1300 range. Would it still not be a good fit for me? I would make it a requirement that I test rode it before I bought but if it is definitely not going to work or just isn't a bike that people would recommend for me I guess I won't waste me or the seller's time.
 
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