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looking at a:

2007 Kona Kikapu

2005 Marin Rocky Ridge

2007 Motobecane fantom comp

Doing mainly southern california trail riding, some 3000ft climbs in near future.

what bike would be best for my needs?
 

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get the kona or motobecane.. the marin is great, but its more aggressive xc/jumping hardtail and would be heavier on the clinbs.
 

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If you are primarlily looking at trails then arent real rocky you might take a look at some of the lighter hardtail bikes out there like the Kona Kula, Giant Xtc, and Stumpjumper. There are others out there. There is nothing quite like having a 21 pound hardtail to show you friends up on a 3000 foot climb. Dont know what your budget is but I think a Specialized Stumpjumper FS is pretty much the gold standard for XC FS bikes.
 
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