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I have roughly $1000 to spend on a bike. I think I have it narrowed down between a couple. I am thinking either a 2020 Cannondale Trail 4 29er

https://www.cannondale.com/en/USA/B...84e-4c5e-b51b-aa3518142b66&parentid=undefined

or a Salsa Timberjack Deore 27.5+

https://www.rei.com/product/140382/...Bq7jrCMFqm7Ax2AfDtvdURRmhbA4BvFgaAt30EALw_wcB

Which one is the better overall bike? Im just getting into mountain biking but I have a lot of experience on dirt bikes so Im not going into it as a beginner per se. I want the best one out of the box but also one that has good upgrade potential for the future. Are there any other bikes I should be considering in this price range? Thank you :)
 

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I was in a similar boat as you this year but I was upgrading my beginner bike. Salsa TJ in the SLX version was one of my options along with the Kona Honzo. Both are a few hundred more at roughly 1400 out the door. I think you can probably find the SLX version of the TJ for around 1250$ at least that’s what my shop offered and it comes with a dropper post.

I ended up going with the Honzo due to the fit and feel of it for me. The TJ’s were nice on the test rides but they felt a lot bulkier and slower. They do have a much bigger tire at 2.8 I believe where my Honzo is 2.25. I test rode the SLX and the Deore but SLX was the one I wouldn’t have gotten if the Kona hadn’t won. Definitely throw a leg over as many as you can and take some rides. If you can save a few hundred and get one with an air fork and dropper post, you won’t regret it.


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I would take a strong look at this also. If you wanna keep your budget tight.

https://www.rei.com/product/145957/ghost-kato-59-bike-2019

Being that all three bikes can be purchased at REI you have to factor in your dividend on the full priced bikes. Also, full priced Cannondale bikes will be on sale next week. If you can spend a few more bucks and jump up to the TJ SLX you'll get a lot more bike for your $$.

Or...

https://www.rei.com/product/125007/cannondale-trail-2-27529-bike-2018

The sale price will make it very reasonable. A lot more bike for just a couple hundred more.

Just a thought!! Good Luck!!
 
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