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I have an old GT Tempest (about 15-16 y.o.) with a few upgrades and am just starting to get back into riding after about 9-10 years of not riding. I rebuilt the hubs with new bearings and put new platform pedals on it, but am thinking that the bike is not worth putting too much into when I can get a new bike with all new components. I am wanting to keep the budget at $1,000 or less, cheaper is better. I have looked at the 2009 Gary Fisher Wahoo Disc, Marlin Disc, and Piranha. I found a 2008 GF Cobia 29er for about $850 and a 2008 X-caliber 29er for around $1200. I have also looked at the following Cannondales quoted at $1,000 or less: F4, F5, F7, and 29er 4. Some others that I have test rode/looked at are a 2008 Fuji Tahoe Pro for $1,000 and 2 different 2008 Specialized Rockhopper 29ers for under $1,000. I will mainly be doing XC type riding with a little downhill thrown in on occasion. I love to flyfish for brookies and riding in to the headwaters will be more fun than walking. I plan on doing a little bit of bikepacking with my bike also. I have trails close to home that I will ride for fun and fitness. I am 6'2" and about 195lbs. I really liked the feel of the 29ers that I rode, but like the attachment points for rear racks provided on some of the other bikes. I am open to suggestions other than those posted above. Thanks in advance, and links are provided below for current models.

http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/wahoo-disc

http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/marlin-disc

http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/piranha

http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/cobia (2009 link, but looking at 2008 model)

http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/x-caliber (2009 link, but looking at 2008 model)

http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/09/cusa/model-9FS4.html

http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/09/cusa/model-9FS5.html

http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/09/cusa/model-9FS7.html

http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/09/cusa/model-9FS294.html

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=39225&eid=107 (2009 link, but looking at 2008 model)

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=38431&eid=107 (2009 link, but looking at 2008 model)
 

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your list bikes is quite a range. i'm familiar most with the GFs and i see you have a wahoo and then an x-cal. it all depends on what you like best and what feels best to you. i, along with many others, suggest riding as many as possible and see what you like. i have the 2009 GF cobia and love it. the x-cal is a nice step up from that (especially the fork). if you liked the ride and feel of a 29er, then that can narrow your selection down a bit- remember that the GF with their geometry feels different than other manufacturers.

you never know, maybe you are 100% happy with more of an entry level bike and it can do the job for you. if you're looking to have better components though, it's best to buy a bike that already has them. for example, i talked with someone who likes the cobia but wanted to upgrade the fork to a fox- they were much better off to just get the x-cal since the difference in price is less than the fork alone and you get better components as well.

good luck and let us know what you decide.
 

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Go to JensonUSA.com and check out the Dakota 29er from Jamis -- you're tall enough for it, and the quality of a Jamis frame is WOW!
 

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Thanks for the replies. Yeah, I know I had a pretty broad range of bikes on my list. Kind of like apples to apples to oranges to coconuts. I ended up getting a flat black Cannondale F5. I got a really good deal on it and the color is perfect for what I primarily want this bike for, bike packing and accessing brookie stream headwaters. If I really start getting back into riding a lot, I will probably get a 29er in the very near future. I will post some pics of the new wheels soon.
 
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