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I currently ride a lower end full suspension Iron Horse with 6" of travel. The bike has been fun and a great intro into the sport but definitely has its flaws(heavy, derailleurs suck, fork is leaking oil, etc). After riding for a year doing mainly downhill and some light XC here in AZ, I want to invest in a good bike. I've done South Mountain (National, Mormon, Geronimo, Holbert), Sixshooter in globe, Sunrise park, Hawes, and McDowell trails. I like all-mountain bikes with 5+" of travel but I need something lighter than my 40lber I have now... maybe then I can do some legitimate climbs.

I'm willing to spend 2-3k. I'm a large rider too, 6'4 240lbs.

Please give me your suggestions!! Thanks
 

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The Specialized Enduro (though I'm biased), is a great 6" travel bike that can handle anything you can throw at it.

Also look at the Santa Cruz Nomad, though they're more expensive.
 

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throwfar said:
I currently ride a lower end full suspension Iron Horse with 6" of travel. The bike has been fun and a great intro into the sport but definitely has its flaws(heavy, derailleurs suck, fork is leaking oil, etc). After riding for a year doing mainly downhill and some light XC here in AZ, I want to invest in a good bike. I've done South Mountain (National, Mormon, Geronimo, Holbert), Sixshooter in globe, Sunrise park, Hawes, and McDowell trails. I like all-mountain bikes with 5+" of travel but I need something lighter than my 40lber I have now... maybe then I can do some legitimate climbs.

I'm willing to spend 2-3k. I'm a large rider too, 6'4 240lbs.

Please give me your suggestions!! Thanks
Do you know how many starving children in India would give their left nut for a Iron Horse with 6" of travel? Me either.
 

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Do you want a complete build or are you interested in building yourself?
 

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throwfar said:
Complete build

Specialized Enduro was mentioned, aren't those like 5k?
The 2010 Enduro SL Comp starts at 2800.
 

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BTW, if you are looking at Spesh, I would also look at the Giant Reign (or Reign X if you want to go more towards gravity stuff) since you get way more for your money.
 

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BTW, if you are looking at Spesh, I would also look at the Giant Reign (or Reign X if you want to go more towards gravity stuff) since you get way more for your money.
I definitely like the Giant bikes... I am going to see if I can't demo some around here and maybe pick up an '09 leftover. I just want a bike that is really versatile, one that can bomb down some shuttle runs but also be more than adequate on local XC trails.

What do you think about the 29ers? I never tried one before but it was suggested in another forum.
 

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I don't have much experience with them. I rode a KHS Flagstaff and I really liked it. They definitely smooth the trails out nicely.

As far as a demo, or better to buy, go to Cacus Bike in Ahwatukee and check em out. I am sure they have a Reign or 2 laying around.
 

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NMPhi767 said:
BTW, if you are looking at Spesh, I would also look at the Giant Reign (or Reign X if you want to go more towards gravity stuff) since you get way more for your money.
second vote for giant. They make those specialized and nomad frames anyway. They are gonna be the best value with zero compromises in quality. Compared to those butt ugly titus mach 5's anyway. That bike looks like an Amp Research.
 

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Enduro's are real nice.

But at your size, a 29er makes sense. Look at a Gary Fisher Rumblefish 29er in a XXL size. It is billed as an all mountain platform, 5" travel f/r as I recall. They are big, give the bennys of a 29er platform and have a great warranty on the frame (lifetime). The new Rumblefish frames look very stout compared to the pvs. GF offerings. Should see them for under 3K.

Also check out the MTBR Clydesdale Forum.
 

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I really have nothing of value to add to this, but hope you find a great bike!

The suggestions already given are pointing you in the right direction.
 
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