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I am looking at getting Into A full suspension or mountain something that I could use at the park a few times a year 150 mm travel I’m looking at specialized stumpjumper, canyon spectral, Norco a2, commencal clash , Jamie defcon 3. Anything around that family Anything around that family I’m looking to spend under three grand or at three the most. I’m open to suggestions and ideas, and wanted to make sure I’m going in the right direction . I want to be able to ride the bike and be able to climb to . I’m not much of a climber ,moving up from a fuse but definitely want to be able to hit the park greens and blues. Sometime and local trails.
Please help me to decide Or any information to steer me in the right direction thanks all
 

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I just posted a similar question about possible new bike. I have read so many good reviews about the new 2020 trance 29 and of course they are great value for the money, being giant, maybe have a read up on them? good luck, process 134 meant to be awesome too, a little heavier though.
 

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Froutts mentioned it...check out Kona Process 134 and 153. My 153 climbs great even though it's a bit stout. I've put about 3K single track miles on mine with mostly technical rocky terrain and plenty of hills (zero lift served park riding). Super fun bike and built like a tank. I paid $2400.

Also look at YT Jeffsey which is a great all round FS bike. A riding buddy picked one up about 18 months ago and loves it. Paid about $2300.
 

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Yes but I need the bike to be able to handle the bike parks when I do decide to go that’s why I’m looking for at aroun 150 mm
 

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Well I looked at the Jeffsy and it looks great. I think it would be that vs a stump jumper. What you guys think so many to choose. Kona 153 looks good also
 

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I have the 2015 Kona Process 153. Upgraded it to 1x11 and swapped out a few parts (bars, stem, seat, grips, tubeless) but the rest is stock. It's a fun bike and I ride it on all the trails from easy single track to xc to climbing trails to chunky down. I have ridden it at my local bike park and at Whistler (I do have a DH bike too) and it was fun, quick and playful. They are beefy bikes so they are on the heavy side, but built to last.
 

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Yes but I need the bike to be able to handle the bike parks when I do decide to go that’s why I’m looking for at aroun 150 mm
Depending on the bike park, the green and blue trails that you describe typically don't require that much suspension.
 

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Don't get a jamis defcon. Bad geo.

Stumpjumper has a pretty flat leverage ratio. I'd prefer something more progressive for man-made trails.

Clash is cool.

Process is a great suggestion.

Ripmo AF easily gets my vote unless you're <5'6. That thing is confusingly awesome.


This is a tricky price point. It's common to see mediocre forks, dated geo, and "cheap but poor value" drivetrain on 3k bikes.

Depending on the bike park, the green and blue trails that you describe typically don't require that much suspension.
On one hand i agree (i have a blast riding my hardtail at n*), on the other hand... no harm in some suspension, and it's nice to have a little extra comfy burliness for the park. You can do a month's worth of descending in a day if you have the stamina.
 

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On one hand i agree (i have a blast riding my hardtail at n*), on the other hand... no harm in some suspension, and it's nice to have a little extra comfy burliness for the park. You can do a month's worth of descending in a day if you have the stamina.
I was thinking that if his normal terrain is pretty mellow, then it might not make a lot of sense to go with big suspension for few park days a year.

The Ripmo AF put the resources into great suspension while going with lower grade drivetrain components which is a tradeoff that I'd take any day. So, yeah I very much agree with you there. If I had to buy a new bike today, that's what I'd get. Of course, I also have the terrain for it.
 

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So can I use something 140-150 for all trails and park days then. Maybe couple times or more a season.
But just want to make the right choice and not overkill.
 

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So can I use something 140-150 for all trails and park days then. Maybe couple times or more a season.
But just want to make the right choice and not overkill.
Why don't you describe the trails that you ride the most? That would give a lot clearer picture for recommendations.
 

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I would be hitting mountain creek nj for the park.
A lot iof the trails That I ride outside of the park are technical rocky and steep.
The area consists of north New Jersey.
Mayhland, Andover area, almuchy.
 

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I would be hitting mountain creek nj for the park.
A lot iof the trails That I ride outside of the park are technical rocky and steep.
The area consists of north New Jersey.
Mayhland, Andover area, almuchy.
Oh, I see. You're on the right track with a 150 mm bike then. That Kona 153 you posted would be good option, but the Ibis Ripmo AF has better suspension.
 
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