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I just snapped the chainstay on my Jamis XLT for the second time in less than a year!!
So I have decided to get the warranty replacement and sell the Jamis. It was a great bike when it was not broken but I can't deal with the problems anymore. So this brings me to my current problem, I need a new frame. I ride mostly agressive xc with drops 3-4ft max and jump sometimes as well. I am 6'3" and weigh 190lbs. I really liked the ride and handling of the jamis so something similar would be nice. Most of the trails I ride are fairly tight singletrack. No huge climbs or descents unless I am roadtripping which I will be doing with this bike. I basically need a really reliable tough "all-mountain/trailbike". Weight is not too much of an issue, my bike now weighs about 31lbs. I am looking for a bike witharound 5in. of travel. Some early consideration has been given to a new 05 Heckler and I alos rode a yeti 575 and really liked that. So please help with any suggestions for a 5-6in travel full sus. for about 1000-1500. Thanks in advance.
 

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specialized Enduro

fl jay said:
I just snapped the chainstay on my Jamis XLT for the second time in less than a year!!
So I have decided to get the warranty replacement and sell the Jamis. It was a great bike when it was not broken but I can't deal with the problems anymore. So this brings me to my current problem, I need a new frame. I ride mostly agressive xc with drops 3-4ft max and jump sometimes as well. I am 6'3" and weigh 190lbs. I really liked the ride and handling of the jamis so something similar would be nice. Most of the trails I ride are fairly tight singletrack. No huge climbs or descents unless I am roadtripping which I will be doing with this bike. I basically need a really reliable tough "all-mountain/trailbike". Weight is not too much of an issue, my bike now weighs about 31lbs. I am looking for a bike witharound 5in. of travel. Some early consideration has been given to a new 05 Heckler and I alos rode a yeti 575 and really liked that. So please help with any suggestions for a 5-6in travel full sus. for about 1000-1500. Thanks in advance.
sounds like an Enduro is exactly the type of bike you are looking for. great 4 bar horst link suspension that won't break the bank.
 

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fl jay said:
I just snapped the chainstay on my Jamis XLT for the second time in less than a year!!
So I have decided to get the warranty replacement and sell the Jamis. It was a great bike when it was not broken but I can't deal with the problems anymore. So this brings me to my current problem, I need a new frame. I ride mostly agressive xc with drops 3-4ft max and jump sometimes as well. I am 6'3" and weigh 190lbs. I really liked the ride and handling of the jamis so something similar would be nice. Most of the trails I ride are fairly tight singletrack. No huge climbs or descents unless I am roadtripping which I will be doing with this bike. I basically need a really reliable tough "all-mountain/trailbike". Weight is not too much of an issue, my bike now weighs about 31lbs. I am looking for a bike witharound 5in. of travel. Some early consideration has been given to a new 05 Heckler and I alos rode a yeti 575 and really liked that. So please help with any suggestions for a 5-6in travel full sus. for about 1000-1500. Thanks in advance.
The Enduro is a great " all mountain/ trail bike" - it has adjustable geometry and adjustable travel. By flipping the shock link you can change the head angle to either 70.5 or 69.5 degrees this also changes the bottom bracket height from 13.5 or 12.9"
I like mine in the steeper head angle higher BB setting.

The rear shock is also travel adjustable via the Fox float with "itch switch"
truely on the fly adjustment 4" or 5.2" of rear travel. I like to put my shock in 4" for long climbs and XC type riding and flip it in 5.2" for back down the mountain of more burly "trail bike" stuff.
I built my frame up from scratch so I don't have the same spec as one would buy off the floor at your LBS. I put a Marzocchi Z1 on the front of mine with 130mm of travel. What a great fork.
I have also played around with putting a coil shock on my Enduro. By putting a Fox Vanilla 7.875 x 2" on an Enduro you can get closer to 6" (5.89 or something) of travel and all the love coil over brings- super plush and a linear spring rate makes a very cushy and very fun trail worthy "all mountain bike"
So I can set my bike up with ligher wheels and a more XC feel ,or put my heavy stronger wheels and slap my coil over on the rear and have a fun day hitting the bigger stuff.
read the reviews here or go by the specialized forum.

I call it the poor mans 5 spot- but with adjustable travel and geometry. I love it.

I cut and pasted this stuff from the Specialized website:

Our backcountry-read Enduro bikes are created for endless days of high performance adventure and boundary-bustin' fun. Check out the TransForm Monocoque frame: it's been tweaked for added strength, less weight, and sharper-than-ever handling. But the heart of the Enduro is our unique Integrated Travel switch (ITch) for on-the-fly travel and spring-rate adjustment that doesn't mess with your frame geometry. New ProPedal damping feature, too.
TransForm technology is our proprietary monocoque frame-forming process. Precision dies and hydraulic presses manipulate flat sheets of our A1 material; both halves are formed, then robotically welded, heat-treated, and aligned..."transformed" into the perfect frame for a stronger, lighter, stiffer Enduro frame.

Enduro bikes apply technology to make them durable, versatile, efficient, fun, and prepared for adverse conditions.

Key Features

FSR Suspension is the proven superior suspension system, delivering:

Superior Comfort
Maximum Control
Highest Efficiency
Adjustable geometry via the "FlipFlop" link
Click here to learn more about FSR
ITch (Integrated Travel switch)

On-the-fly adjustable travel - the flip of a switch converts rear wheel travel without changing frame geometry
Climb crisply when in the firmer 4-inch travel setting
Descend with conviction when set to 5.2 inches
TransForm Monocoque

Stronger - material is strategically placed in line with force vectors applied to the frame and weld areas are moved away from highly stressed sections
Lighter - a single monocoque replaces multiple components
Sharper handling - a stiff front end means razor-sharp handling
 

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My friend has a 2004 Haro X3 for $1,200. He is about the same build as you. This was a demo bike at the shop he works at, has been very well taken care of. Ridden 5 to 10 miles a week for a few months now, so there's not any major mileage by any means. It weighs a little more, but that doesn't keep him from riding XC and smoking me on my Haro Werx, even with DH tires. It's a whole lot tougher than any 31 pound bike you'll ever ride. 6" travel.
 

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I guess I need to clarify my question. I am looking to buy a new frame not a complete bike. I am just looking for suggestions of a new frame in the 1000-1500 price range. I went today and priced out a new heckler with the fox rp3 but I don't know if this is the bike for me. Maybe a bit too burly although it will never break. I also went into another LBS and looked at the catalog for the new 05 specialized enduro. It look really nice and has 6" of fr and rr travel. I think I'll wait and ride one of these as soon as they get them and maybe this will help me decide. Meanwhile please keep suggestions coming for a 5-6 in trailbike frame for 1000-1500, Thanks so much for all of the input.
 
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