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hey guys...and gals. I am 49 year old female. 5'7" 175 and a good athlete. I am getting back into Mtn biking. Bought a road bike and did not like road biking so returning road bike and getting mtn bikie. I will not be doing jumps or fast down hills or hoppin logs. I will be doing trails. I have $1500-$2000ish to spend.

I looked at :
2008 mongoose canaan elite... great components and I liked the bike $1500

Giant anthem x3 $1950

specialized fsr xc pro $2200

or any others you might suggest....

What do y'all think??
 

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dogonfr said:
Welcome to the forums I'm sure you will enjoy the thrill of Mountain Biking. :drumroll:

Take a look at the Haro line up like the Sonix Comp. :thumbsup:

http://www.harobikes.com/mtb/tab2_subNav3.php

Jamis Dakar XCT 1 or 2. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/fullsuspension/index.html

Ibex Asta Expert is on pre order. :rockon:

http://www.ibexbikes.com/Stacks/Series_Asta.html
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Loving the full suspension, eh?

That kind of budget can get you a great hardtail bike as well.

Specialized Stumpjumper & Stumpjumper Comp.
GT Zaskar Expert
Jamis Dakota & Dragon Series : Elites & Comps

Just to name a few..
 

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You could get a Specialized Switch Link: http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=39202&eid=2 I am sure you could get that bike for around 1800 or else look at this one: http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=40121&eid=95 and they have a really good sale right now but this is an iron horse that cant be to bad: http://www.rscycle.com/2007-Iron-Horse-Azure-Comp-Cross-Country-CLOSEOUT because you save 41 percent off original price and plus the 20 % off iron horse bikes. I think it is a steal and I say go for it. I just bought a bike from them and it is free shipping no tax and I got mine to my door in 3 days after order!
 

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I was going to argue against the Canaan -- but they're running the Mongoose FreeDrive now, so that takes care of any issues I HAD with the bike. It's a good'un.

The Anthem is definitely a class bike...but either will do. Go for what moves you.
 

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a few thoughts...

as I'm older than you, let me suggest that a HT bike might discourage you - due to a pounding of privates - that simply isn't comfortable. A full suspension rig should offer good handling and comfort that will keep you wanting to go riding as opposed to fear of pain post ride. I winced at previous suggestions for a Zaskar from GT, having had one, couldn't sell it fast enough as it was so stiff and harsh, my @$$ begged for mercy after each ride. A move to FS has had me smiling and riding more and more for 15+ years now. If we were all 19, that might be different, but it's about the comfort now, not the racing.

Thought 2: there's a womens' forum here that can offer lots of advice from the female perspective - http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=94

Lastly, there are some great deals on some proven technology out there like the Juliana from Santa Cruz; designed by a world cup winner and racer (Juliana Furtado) the bike is well priced and the frame is such good quality that upgrades later won't be regretted.

Here.

Hope that's a help, good luck, Jim
 
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