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Hey I really need some help choosing between one of these bikes. Im going to college next year at UVM, and the campus is pretty hilly so originally i wanted a hardtail that would climb pretty good. But after seeing everything on this site about Prophet's im having my doubts about the F1000. I do trail riding pretty often. I dont do any serious drops or anything. I want a bike though thats going to be able to fly through the trails and still be able to climb hills really well on dirt and even pavement. The more I look at it the Prophet seems to be a great bike but i am afraid that the rear shock will have too much play on during campus riding. The other thing is that there is a $1000 difference between the bikes, and i dont want the Prophet 800 because it has those dumb dual control levers. I work at a bike shop so i can get about half off either bike, so it isnt as big of a deal. But i just wanted to see what people on this site thought i should go with.
 

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A couple of suggestions

If you want something that won't bug you to death on the cross campus, loaded with books ride and will still utterly rip in the woods, I say f1000. I'm sure the Prophet is an amazing design, but rear suspension just doesn't jive with my notion of an efficient street ride. I mean, if it's going to be your toy and your daily ride, I think you'll appreciate the easier maintenance and reliability of a hardtail.

Have you thought about the f600? Same frame as the f1000 just with a slightly less blingy fork. Still an incredible fork, by the way. I just bet you could save some coin there, coin which maybe could help you escape your college town to ride your bike somewhere some weekend. Just a suggestion.
 

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What are you using the bike on campus for? Pure riding or commuting? If it's to go from your place to some classes or to work and needs to be locked, isn't a nice brand new F1000 too prone to get stolen or banged up on a campus? I would't lock a F1000 or a Prophet, get the bike for riding, period, and a very cheap bike for transportation. I personnally use a cheap BMX for short distances and I can lock it anywhere without worries, it's bomb-proof and doesn't need much care. It will handle much more abuse than a light XC bike, and I'm sure drunk students still love to kick bikes for no logical reasons nowadays... I use mine downtown in a big city and it survived 3-4 years without any problem yet...
 

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What about the Scalpel? Great XC bike with a little rear suspension as bonus. Minimalist design and low(ish) maintenance especially for a full suspension. Falls somewhere in between the F-series bikes and the Prophet in terms of what it's designed to do.
 

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Dan Gerous makes a good point. You don't want the ride stolen, do you? That was kind of my idea with the f600, too. Still a great ride, but perhaps a little less prone to theft. Maybe.
 

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Don't do either!

As others have mentioned IT WILL GET STOLEN! When I was in college, I had several really cheap beat up bikes to get around campus. I would find them in dumpsters and fix them to where they could be ridden. And THEY even got stolen. They were also locked up each time. It was incredible since my bikes probably weren't worth more than $50 each. Even cheap parts would get stolen off the bikes.

Anything nice would get stolen immediately. Don't even have an F1000 or Prophet locked up in your dorm room or frat house. It will get stolen from there as well. The only way to keep a nice bike in college is if you live off campus in an apartment, house, or condo with no roomates and no parties. Even then it can get stolen. In college, my house was broken into and they stole everything. Even my truck was broken into twice for my $99 stereo.
 

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k1dude said:
As others have mentioned IT WILL GET STOLEN! When I was in college, I had several really cheap beat up bikes to get around campus. I would find them in dumpsters and fix them to where they could be ridden. And THEY even got stolen. They were also locked up each time. It was incredible since my bikes probably weren't worth more than $50 each. Even cheap parts would get stolen off the bikes.

Anything nice would get stolen immediately. Don't even have an F1000 or Prophet locked up in your dorm room or frat house. It will get stolen from there as well. The only way to keep a nice bike in college is if you live off campus in an apartment, house, or condo with no roomates and no parties. Even then it can get stolen. In college, my house was broken into and they stole everything. Even my truck was broken into twice for my $99 stereo.
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ya i kinda thought about that a little bit too. but come on, its UVM, everyone there skis and bikes. maybe im wrong and every place is the same, but i will be rooming with a kid that has a nice trek too, so we were gonna try and store them in the dorm room. but who knows, because if it got stolen i would be sooooo angry
 

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ya i kinda thought about that a little bit too. but come on, its UVM, everyone there skis and bikes. maybe im wrong and every place is the same, but i will be rooming with a kid that has a nice trek too, so we were gonna try and store them in the dorm room. but who knows, because if it got stolen i would be sooooo angry
Don't trust anyone, it will get stolen.
 
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